Lifecraft can help you discover what's trending in your emotional life by displaying your emotions in chart form. You can see how your emotions change from hour to hour, or over the course of days, weeks, months or even years. There are 4 emotion chart types: Mood, Line, Bar, Column.
What you'll need
This feature requires Lifecraft Premium.
Opening an emotion chart
- Select a journal so the Entry List is visible.
- Click the More button (···) above the Entry List.
- Click the Emotions button.
Another way to open an emotion chart is to click the the emotion bar on the right side of a journal entry, then click the bar chart icon above the emotion bar (see Adding Emotions).
Mac shortcut: choose Window > Charts to quickly open the Charts window.
Click the Journal button in the top-right corner of the chart view to change the selected journal. Only emotions assigned to entries in the selected journal will be displayed in the chart. Select All Entries to show all emotions.
The Period bar appears at the top of the chart view. Periods can range from 1 day (1D) to 10 years (10Y) or All. The selected period determines how many days are visible in the chart. For example, if you choose a period of 1 week (1W), the chart will show the emotions for the last 7 days.
Scrolling the chart
You can scroll the emotion chart to view earlier dates. Most charts include a continuous scrolling chart so you can swipe/scroll the main chart region to see different visible dates.
With certain chart types (Mood 1D and Bar), you scroll or click the date bar at the bottom of the chart to change the visible date(s):
1. Mood chart
The mood chart distills complex emotions down into an easy to understand mood line. The mood line is generated by averaging the emotions recorded at a particular point in time. Each emotion can have a positive or negative effect on your mood. Happy, Loving, Optimistic, Surprised emotions tend to boost your mood. Afraid, Sad, Bored, Angry emotions tend to depress your mood.
If the mood line is in the top half of the Mood chart, that reflects a positive mood. If it's in the bottom half of the Mood chart, that reflects a negative mood. The vertical scale indicates how strong the mood is. The scale matches the the intensities assigned to the emotions (see Adding Emotions).
Mood line color
The mood line is based on the average of all emotions for a certain period, so the line color doesn't correspond to specific emotions. Instead, the colors represent the general mood: a positive mood is orange, while a negative mood is blue.
When the 1D period is selected, the main mood line shows your mood at different hours of the day. Because of that, the main mood line is generated using only timed emotions (see Adding Emotions). If you recorded any all-day emotions for the selected date, they'll appear as a second dashed line:
2. Line chart
The Line chart shows a separate line for each emotion. You can compare the lines for different primary emotions or drill down into the secondary emotions.
The line heights (and vertical scale) are calculated by multiplying the number of emotions by their intensity values: Low = 1, Medium = 2, High = 3, Extreme = 4 (see Adding Emotions). For example, if there are two Happy emotions with intensities High and Medium, the height of the Happy line will be 5 (3 + 2).
The primary emotion bar appears at the bottom of the chart. If you select a primary emotion, the chart shows the secondary emotions that belong to that primary emotion. You can select a secondary emotion to see that emotion by itself. To deselect an emotion, click the emotion name again.
Scrolling the line chart
To navigate to a different date range, swipe or scroll the main chart region to the left or right. As it scrolls, you may see the emotion lines resizing. This happens when you scroll to a date range that has more emotions than can fit in the current chart scale.
If you scroll to a date range that has fewer emotions, a magnifying glass icon will appear in the top-right corner of the chart region (see screenshot above). You can click that button to zoom the chart in or out.
3. Bar chart
The bar chart displays the total emotions for the selected period as separate bars. To navigate to a different date range, swipe/scroll/click the date bar at the bottom of the chart.
To view the secondary emotion bars, tap a primary emotion bar. To return to the primary emotion bars, tap the back arrow button in the top-left corner of the chart view. On the iPhone/iPad, you can swipe the bars left or right to navigate between primary and secondary emotions.
The bar numbers are calculated by multiplying the number of emotions by their intensity values: Low = 1, Medium = 2, High = 3, Extreme = 4 (see Adding Emotions).
Note: the bar chart used in the Filter by Emotion feature works differently. See Filter entries by emotion in Entry List for more information.
4. Column chart
The Column chart shows a composite of all the emotions you experienced over a certain time period. It’s a good way to compare emotions across different time periods.
The Column chart works similarly to the the Line chart. See the Line chart section above for information.
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