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The Kindr App Wants To Make You Happy And Nice

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Wake up, check your phone, open an unread text. "You always pick the best songs when riding shotgun," your best friend wrote. Aw shucks! How nice would it be if every day started out on such a sweet note? The iPhone app Kindr aims to make this fairytale of random niceties come true.

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Buh-Bye, Cyberbullies

It's nice when people are nice to you, and it's nice to be nice to other people. But it's not always easy to balance this simple equation. Kindr aims to make it easier to be kind and spread kindness around your network. Co-founders Matt Ivester and Josh Beal launched the app in October 2013 in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month to fulfill their mission: making the world a kinder place. According to the Kindr site, "kindness is one of the most powerful ways to combat bullying, and...if we all commit to being Kindr, we can get rid of bullying entirely."

"Meanness is all over the Internet," Ivester told HuffPost. "So we asked, 'What's the opposite of cyberbullying?' It's kindness."

The app itself is simple: Send your friends and family pre-written or original compliments and rack up points with every flattering text you send. It allows you to be creative while strengthening relationships with the people around you. Isn't it awesome when apps want to help you become better? (Cough, Curiosity, cough)

C'mon, Get Happy

Putting kindness into the world brings big benefits back to you. "People who engage in kind acts become happier over time. When you are kind to others, you feel good as a person — more moral, optimistic, and positive," Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside told Kindr.

Performing random acts of kindness may even help you live longer. You're already texting your friends 50 times a day, do why not make an effort to hit send on something nice?

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