Good news! We can all become more interesting people. It may sound like a tall order when our lives involve getting up at the same time every day, making the same cup of coffee and going to to the same places.
Being more interesting is about a willingness to learn and to share yourself with the people around you. We’ve got Android apps that will help you do just that.
"Interesting" is a wonderfully vague word. Depending on how you look at it, it implies knowledge, intrigue, something worth engaging in. It’s what you make of it.
Go ahead and open up your mind and then open up your smartphone. These Android apps are fun, fascinating and, dare we say, interesting!
Shuffle My Life
The name of this free app might make you feel like a deck of cards, but that’s a good thing. Shuffle My Life encourages you to create new experiences in your life.
It lays out random tasks for you to accomplish, ranging from going for a 4-minute jog in the local park to visiting a new place on Google Maps that starts with "P." "The more tasks you complete, the more interesting your life will become," the app promises. And if your life is more interesting, so are you.
Travel is one of the most powerful ways to expand your personal horizons. Microsoft’s Outings app wants to inspire you to visit new places by connecting you with travel blogs, gorgeous photos and fascinating potential destinations, including local sights you may have overlooked. You can save your favorites to a list and start making plans to get out and see the world.
Whether you’re into hiking, biking, gaming, arts, book clubs or music, you’ll find a local group that shares your interests through the Meetup app. Join an existing group or make your own. Meetup is about building communities and encouraging you to get out and meet new people.
If you want to appear just as interesting (or more so) online as you do in person, then check out Unfold, an app that lets you compile elegant stories for sharing on Instagram, Facebook and other social-media sources. The app comes with easy-to-use templates, with the option to purchase premium ones. It will elevate your next story and delight your friends and followers.
Google Arts & Culture
Step into a virtual world of art museums, exhibits, manuscripts and famous architectural sites through the free Google Arts & Culture app. You can zoom in on Van Gogh or discover more about the space shuttle. The Art Selfie feature matches your own portrait up with great works of art. That’s how I learned I resemble the Marquise de Marie de Rabutin-Chantal.
Curiosity wants to make learning an inspirational endeavor by connecting inquiring minds with articles that feed your intellect. The app is free, but you can get the ad-free version for 99 cents per month.
My first time using the app, I learned about a system for classifying UFO sightings, tidbits about the Taj Mahal and that I should think twice about adding coffee grounds to my garden soil. This app will give you plenty to talk about in general conversations.
Never stop learning. Interesting people are fascinated by the world around them and want to know more.
The free edX app connects you to online courses from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Microsoft and other institutions. You can take a coding class, study digital marketing or learn sign language. From art to history to psychology, edX is all about expanding your mental horizons.
Interesting people aren’t born. They’re made, and these apps can help shape you. Have fun exploring!
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