As of June 2020….
The figures above tell us that taking, posting and sharing pictures of what is going on in our lives has become the new normal for a high percentage of people.
As human beings, we have evolved to be social creatures. Social interaction is a basic human need that we all have. We have survived and flourished on this planet because of togetherness and communities. With resources like social media readily available to most, we are more connected today than we have ever been before. However, scientists still believe that the next big epidemic to have a drastic effect on all of our well-being, is the feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation and loneliness. We may be more connected, but the use of social media and smart devices have shown to have adverse effects on our mental health and well-being.
”In a world where they play an enormous part of our lives, isn’t it time we take responsibility for this and start putting these resources to use in new and more productive ways?”
Use Photography & Social Media to Improve Your Life
At Focus On Happiness we are changing perceptions and attitudes towards smart devices and social media. If we make a choice to use these things in a different way, they can make us feel empowered and boost our self-esteem. Focus On Happiness is a place for people to be themselves and to meet like minded people. They can become part of supportive groups, feel authentically connected to others and be challenged in more positive and productive ways with resources they already have at their disposal.
Studies show that as a supplement to medicine and care, participation in arts activities like photography, can dramatically improve and maintain both the physical and mental wellbeing of the people involved.
Online communities can be a fantastic resource for connection. They promote human interaction and keep us all connected with family and friends at times when we cannot see them face to face. This is especially true as this recent pandemic continues to unfold. Like many things, we just need to be a little more aware of the good and bad aspects of social media, while also being mindful about how we can navigate through them, to choose the right platform for our needs.
Social Media is becoming the highlight reel of peoples lives. People portraying happiness in what they share. The perceived pressures associated with creating and sharing these perfectly composed moments every single time, can sometimes become a distraction from what you could be experiencing and is not always authentic to who you really are. By letting go of that type of mindset and focusing on your full experience through the core features of our program, it can help you create positive memories and capture authentic happy moments which you can relive each and every time you see the photograph. It can also help you to create a happier frame of mind every day.
Our community which is our stand-alone social media platform with learning resources, differs greatly from large scale public social networks, by being more purpose based, with a huge emphasis on kindness, positivity, openness, meaningful engagement and support. This allows authentic connections and relationships to be cultivated with more like minded members. People who may share similar interests and who they can show and receive kindness and support from.
We have done a lot of reading and research on these topics over the past year and the following issues stood out to us in many of the articles.
The figures above prove that so many of us already have all the physical recourses we need to make ourselves feel better. Devices such as phones and cameras to take pictures, computers and smart devices to share and interact with communities are readily available to almost everyone.
With some guidance, learning and practical knowledge, you can elevate what taking pictures and sharing them on social media can be, while also getting all the amazing benefits of this type of practice and the benefits of being in such a great and supportive online community.
Investing in yourself is one of the most important and empowering things you can do in your life. By doing so, you are enhancing your own life and as a consequence of that, you are also enhancing the lives of the people you meet and interact with every single day.