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As Scottish naturalist and author John Muir so eloquently put it, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
In this age of urban sprawl, diminishing wilds and flourishing phone applications, the next best thing to true nature might just be an application called Forest, which encourages users to put down their phones and exercise focus for a set period of time, say, the duration of a meal or a period of app-free concentration at the office.
By setting your own time targets, you can earn coins which can later help you upgrade your starter plant – a standard daisy covered bush – to something with a little more charm, like a sunflower or pumpkin patch. If you can maintain focus, your ‘forest’ blooms; if you leave the app, it withers.
Depending on taste, users can choose to alter the standard ambient track to the sounds of a bustling Times Square or a quiet sandy beach.
With an attractive and user-friendly interface, Forest encourages a sense of patience and calm. Minty green tones and subdued yellow shades paint a picture of Zen in the midst of the daily hustle.
While the standard, free version of the app is both brilliant and timely, heavy users looking to cultivate multiple and larger forests can opt for the premium version (RMB12), which also allows users to help plant real trees with Forest’s sponsor, Trees for the Future.
At present, the app has helped more than 250,000 trees take seed throughout Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
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