Now this is interesting.
I’ve always loved photos, and I know it’s always made me happy to sit and look back through piles of old pictures.
But now research has been carried out that’s shown that taking and sharing three different types of photos really can lead to increased happiness and emotional well-being.
I love this idea that maybe a photo a day can keep the blues away!
The study involved asking a group of college students to take three types of photos; selfies, photos of things that made them happy and photos of things that made other people happy.
The researchers then looked to see what effect the different kind of photos had on the students.
All three types of photo led to the students feeling happier, but in slightly different ways.
I have to say, I’m not really a massive selfie-taker at the moment.
As a student I used to take them with my friends a lot but it’s not something I do that often these days. But I know they are hugely popular, with some people taking multiple selfies every day.
And it turns out they could be onto a winner actually, because the study found that taking selfies was linked to the students feeling more confident and comfortable.
I wonder if this is partly due to the fact that we tend to make more of an effort to look our best if we know we’re going to be in photos?
I’m not sure, but I think this might be worth investigating, so I’m planning on getting out my selfie stick and spending a week pouting and posing to see if it does anything for my confidence!
Things that make us happy.
This makes sense to me.
The researchers found that taking photos of things that make us happy is linked to feeling more appreciative and to being in a more reflective state of mind.
When we’re more mindful of the world around us, and stop to take the time to photograph the things that make us smile then we do tend to feel more grateful for those little things.
There are all sorts of things you could photograph along this theme, like your morning cup of coffee, the gorgeous flowers in the park, your favourite shoes that make you feel great, or the people in your life that bring a smile to your face!
Things that make other people happy.
Now this one I find interesting.
The study found that when the students took and shared photos of things that would make other people happy then they in turn felt calmer and less stressed. This type of photo sharing also helped to strengthen social ties between the friends.
It does make sense really, lots of studies have found that thinking of others and carrying out acts of kindness make us happier. So it would follow that stopping to think of what other people would like to see a photo of will make us happy too.
It’s like the joy you feel watching someone open a present you spent ages picking out for them!
So next time you walk past a funny coffee shop sign that you know would make your friend laugh, or see a mug in a shop with a great quote on it that they would love, snap a photo of it and share it with them.
It’ll make both of you feel happier!
So there you have it, three types of photo that will make you feel a bit happier every day.
And with camera phones so much better these days there’s no excuse not to get snapping!
I’d love to know, what types of photos do you take most? Are you a selfie expert or are you happy behind the camera taking photos of the things and people you love?