Shine (Version iOS 4.15.3)

Shine (Version iOS 4.15.3) -Synopsis: Shine is a meditation and motivation app designed to help calm anxiety and stress.

Price and Platform: Free with premium option. Apple and Android.

RDN Score: 5/5


  • Cheerful yet calming design that fosters a pleasant and inspiring user experience.
  • Created by diverse experts including psychologists, therapists and mindfulness experts.
  • Shine’s content caters to traditionally underserved groups and includes diverse voices, skin tones and experiences to nurture an inclusive community.
  • Get daily meditations, read a highlighted daily article and log your daily gratitude check-ins in the free app.
  • Listen to a new “Daily Shine” meditation each weekday.
  • Access Shine’s “Quick Hitters” for inspiration whenever you need it. These free meditations include the themes Morning Mindset, Midday Mood and Evening Vibes.
  • Meditations vary in length with most in the five- to 10-minute range.
  • Daily meditations target the complexities of lives and current circumstances, leading you to “Focus on What you Can Control,” “Listen with Empathy” or “Honor Your Whole Self,” for example.
  • The app’s Playlists feature has concentrated content on topics such as self-love, Black mental health, AAPI mental health and coping with burnout.
  • Upgrade to the premium membership for $64.99 per year to get personalized meditations, full library access and additional features such as mood tracking and member-only events.


  • At about $65 per year, the premium membership could be cost-prohibitive for some.

Bottom Line: Named in Apple’s Best of 2020, the Shine app is ideal for anyone looking to level up their self-care skills from anywhere at any time.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.