We’ve talked on the show before about how reading other people’s Facebook posts can make you feel like your life doesn’t measure up and that what everyone else is doing is much more fun, interesting and exciting than what you’re doing. But guess what: New research shows that looking at your own page can actually improve your mood.
According to psychologist Dr. Claire Wilson, looking through your old posts and pics is a form of reminiscence therapy. Simply put, when we reminisce about positive past experiences, it can boost our feelings of happiness and gratitude. And Dr. Wilson says pictures are especially comforting when we’re feeling down because familiar people, places and experiences cause our brains to release the feel-good hormone oxytocin.
Bottom line: Taking the time to remind yourself about all the good things in your life is a great way to beat the blues.