Positive Activity Jackpot
The Positive Activity Jackpot app uses augmented reality technology to combine a phone’s GPS and camera to find nearby enjoyable activities or pleasant diversions.
You begin by selecting people from your contacts who you might want to invite for an activity. You then select your favorite activities from an extensive list of pre-programmed activities. If you cannot make up your mind which fun thing to do, “pull the lever” and let the app’s jackpot function make the choice for you.
This app uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling, or PES, which is used to overcome depression. While this app does not require clinical training to use, it should not be used as a substitute for treatment by a therapist. For more information, see the FAQ.
Android smartphone screenshots displayed below.
Current Version/What's New:
- Updated user interface, and streamlined functionality
- An initial setup guide has been added to assist with tailoring the application to the user's desire
- Relaxation music has been added as an option to listen to during the breathing exercise
- The journal function has been removed based on user feedback
What is the purpose of the Positive Activity Jackpot?
The Positive Activity Jackpot mobile application helps people creatively plan positive events with pleasant event scheduling, or PES, a common behavioral therapy element used in professional counseling for helping people to build resilience and overcome depression.
Who should use the Positive Activity Jackpot?
Pleasant event scheduling can be used by anyone.
How often should I use Positive Activity Jackpot?
You can use it as often as you like, but daily use is the most helpful.
Can I use Positive Activity Jackpot as a substitute for professional treatment?
While this app does not require clinical training to use, it should not be used as a substitute for professional treatment.
How were the positive activities selected?
The app was developed by the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology with activities selected for military service members.
The content in Positive Activity Jackpot was adapted from:
Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha M. Linehan, 1st Edition (1993), p. 157-159. Copyright Guilford Press. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press.
The pleasant events schedule: Studies on reliability, validity, and scale intercorrelation by MacPhillamy, D. J., & Lewinsohn, P. M., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 50(3), 363-380. (1982)