Positive Activity Jackpot

Positive Activity Jackpot Mobile App

Positive Activity Jackpot uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience. This app features augmented reality technology to help users find nearby enjoyable activities and makes activity suggestions with local options and the ability to invite friends. 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. 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.

  • Positive Activity Jackpot Title Screen
  • Positive Activity Jackpot Home Screen
  • Positive Activity Jackpot Create Activity
  • Positive Activity Jackpot Results
  • Positive Activity Jackpot My Activities
  • Positive Activity Jackpot Contacts

Current Version/What's New:

   Version 2.0

  • Revised and simplified tutorial
  • Updated user interface and streamlined functionality
  • Added the ability to create “groups” for activity invitations
  • Enhancements to the augmented reality viewer that allow a list and map view



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)