As of June 2020….
At Focus On Happiness we work to change perceptions and attitudes towards how we use technology and social media. We believe that if we make a choice to use these things in certain ways, they can also make us feel empowered and boost our self-esteem. We can become part of supportive groups, feel authentically connected and be challenged in more positive and productive ways. Studies show that as a supplement to medicine and care, participation in arts activities such as photography can dramatically improve and maintain both the physical and mental wellbeing of the people involved. This is one of the main reasons we created this community and program.
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.
The perceived pressures associated with creating and sharing those 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 mindful photography, it can help you create positive memories and capture authentic happy moments which you can relive each and every time you see the photograph.
We feel 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 positivity, openness, meaningful engagement and support. This allows authentic connections and relationships to be cultivated with more like minded members who may share similar interests to you and who you can show and receive support and encouragement 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.
People can sometimes find it a little difficult to invest time and money in themselves or prioritise their own self-care.
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, 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 mindful photography 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.