Technology can sometimes add to the increasing feeling of self-doubt….. until now. Thursday IKEA launched the ‘Motivational Mirror.”

“We all know how that first look in the bathroom or bedroom mirror can determine whether we have a good or bad day,” said Myriam Ruffo, Head of Bedrooms and Bathrooms, IKEA UK & Ireland. “That’s why we thought – wouldn’t it be great if the mirror actually told you something positive for a change!”

The morale boosting messages display on the screen and heard through a voice recording.

The Swedish retailer researched which compliments people in the UK would most like to hear.

Here’s a few they included:

  • Have you been working out?
  • Your eyes are mesmerizing.
  • Your skin is glowing.

IKEA’s research found that a lot of people need a little boost.

  • 49% of Brits receive no compliments in an average week
  • 43.6 million people in the UK are self-critical about their appearance
  • 33% of the nation feel they look their worst before 9am on a Monday morning
  • 26% said they feel insecure when they look in the mirror
  • 68% of the population are self-critical of their appearance

The company announced the prototype in the retailers United Kingdom market. The mirror is still in the pilot stage, so no word yet on when and if the ‘Motivational Mirror’ will be available in stores.

Who knows? Maybe giving ourselves a little love each day would lead to people sharing more kindness to others. One things for sure, it can’t hurt.