In this help article, we will explain how you can move your mind maps between ChatGPT AI and SimpleMind using copy and paste. We will give you useful advice and ideas to help you use SimpleMind and ChatGPT. SimpleMind visualizes the data provided by ChatGPT or ChatGPT can make an article from your Mind Map.

Use ChatGPT to create a Mind Map in SimpleMind.

Start by asking ChatGPT
Make an outline example in XML based OPML 2.0 format on the topic of Gardening for Mental Health".

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In most cases you can use the "copy code" button. If you do not see that copy all (and only) the code manually.

In SimpleMind make a new mind map and select "From Clipboard". This will start a new mind map from the copied opml. Or in an existing mind maps:
Mac&Windows: Use the main menu "Edit" - "Paste" - "Paste as Central Theme".
Android& iPad&iPhone: Use the Add icon and "Paste as Central Theme".
Note! Sometimes the opml outline may not be complete or not in opml. If that happens, pasting in SimpleMind will not work. You can check if the code is correct via an external site such as (External link!) or ask ChatGPT the same question again.

You now have a Mind Map in SimpleMind made with the information from ChatGPT.
Use ChatGPT to make SimpleMind Maps

Add more information as topics

To add the additional information as topics, ask ChatGPT to create another outline in OPML 2.0 format about that topic. For example, you could ask "Please make an outline in XML based OPML 2.0 about How Gardening Affects the Brain?"
Once you receive the outline, copy the text and paste it onto the parent topic.
Use ChatGPT to make SimpleMind Maps

Add information as notes

Notes are great for adding information without cluttering up your mind map. For example, ask ChatGPT"Please tell me more about How Gardening Affects the Brain".
ChatGPT will answer with a reply. Copy ChatGPT's reply as a note in SimpleMind.
Use ChatGPT to make SimpleMind Maps

Finish your mind map

To continue building your Mind Map use ChatGPT to gather more information, delete information you do not need and enhance your Mind Map with images and icons. Once you're finished, share your Mind Map with others. If they don't have SimpleMind, they can use the free SimpleMind Viewer for Windows, Mac, or iPad & iPhone.
Use ChatGPT to make SimpleMind Maps


Creating an article from a mind map using ChatGPT

Are you curious about how your mind map would look like as an article? It's easy to find out. Select a topic and use the "copy as opml" or "copy as outline" function. Then, ask ChatGPT to write an article for you by saying "Please write this as an article" and paste the copied mind map.
ChatGPT can write in various styles to give you an idea, here's an example of what the result of the above mind map might look like as an article:

"Sure, here's an article on the topic of "Gardening for Mental Health" based on the outline provided:

Gardening for Mental Health: The Benefits, Effects, and Strategies

Gardening is a popular hobby that has been proven to have numerous physical and mental health benefits. Studies have shown that spending time in nature and engaging in gardening activities can have a positive impact on one's mental health, helping to reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance cognitive function. In this article, we will explore the benefits and effects of gardening for mental health, as well as some strategies and resources for getting started.

Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health

One of the most significant benefits of gardening is its ability to reduce stress. This is due in part to the physical activity involved in gardening, which can lead to the release of endorphins, improved sleep, and reduced muscle tension. Additionally, the immersive experience of gardening can help to take one's mind off of stressors and provide a sense of calm and relaxation. Furthermore, gardening can provide social support, promoting connection and community, reducing isolation and loneliness, and providing opportunities for shared knowledge and skills.

In addition to stress reduction, gardening can also improve mood and provide a sense of accomplishment. Watching plants grow and thrive can be a satisfying and fulfilling experience, which can boost self-esteem and promote a positive outlook on life.

How Gardening Affects the Brain

Gardening has numerous neurochemical and cognitive effects on the brain. For example, gardening increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters associated with happiness and pleasure. Furthermore, gardening decreases levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Additionally, gardening increases levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that can reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Cognitively, gardening improves memory, attention, learning, and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, gardening has been shown to boost executive function, which involves the ability to plan, organize, and regulate behavior.

The effects of nature exposure on the brain are also significant. Research has found that exposure to nature can promote restoration, attention restoration, and reduced stress.

Techniques and Strategies

If you're interested in getting started with gardening for mental health, there are several techniques and strategies that you can use. Planning a garden can help to ensure that you have the right plants and equipment for your needs. Choosing the right plants, such as those that are easy to care for and have a pleasant scent, can enhance the sensory experience of gardening. Finally, gardening with others can provide social support and opportunities for learning and growth.


There are numerous books and resources available on gardening for mental health. One such resource is "Gardening for Mental Health: How Green Spaces Can Help You Feel Better" by Kelly Norris. Additionally, the Horticultural Therapy Association provides information and resources on the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Finally, "Gardening for the Mind: A Guide for Mental Wellness" by Sue Stuart-Smith provides a comprehensive guide to the mental health benefits of gardening.


In conclusion, gardening can be a powerful tool for promoting mental health and well-being. Whether you're interested in reducing stress, improving mood, or enhancing cognitive function, gardening has something to offer. By using the techniques and strategies outlined in this article, as well as the available resources, you can start your own gardening journey and reap the benefits for your mental health.