We all have those days where we would just rather lie in bed, not speak to anyone and imagine what it would be like if we lived on a tropical island and did amazing things all day. Instead of wondering how to cheer up, we would rather just be gloomy. It may sound sad and dramatic and maybe even a little pathetic, but it’s true, right? Right?!
If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps, or if you feel like you have that lonely, sad feeling a little bit too often, we may have a cure for you. And that cure is probably staring you right in the face. According to a new study, looking over your own Facebook profile may help lift your mood and make you feel better about your life.
This was a small study, only done on about 144 people, but 75 percent of the participants admitted that when they were feeling low, they enjoyed looking at old pictures or wall posts on their Facebook page. Researchers are pretty fascinated by these finding. Psychologist Dr. Clare Wilson said, “Facebook is marketed as a means of communicating with others. Yet this research shows we are more likely to use it to connect with our past selves, perhaps when our present selves need reassuring. The pictures we often post are reminders of a positive past event. When in the grip of a negative mood, it is too easy to forget how good we often feel. Our positive posts can remind us of this.”
Like I said, researchers are really surprised by these results… which actually surprises me. This is nothing new to me. I’ve noticed more than a few times that when I look back at old pictures on my Facebook or stalk myself years back to see old wall posts, I always feel a little bit more cheerful. The right kind of nostalgia can cheer me up whenever I’m feeling really bummed out – it’s a perfect solution for how to cheer up.
I mean, think about it: this totally makes sense. Most people don’t use Facebook photo albums to show off the crappy things that are happening in their lives – they use them to, let’s face it, show off all of the awesome things that are happening. We post pictures of ourselves on a pretty vacation, hanging out and laughing with our best friends, going to a party. In other words, we post pictures of stuff that was fun and made us happy. So of course looking back on that stuff is going to put a smile on our face.
Like Dr. Clare Wilson said, when we’re feeling miserable, it’s easy to be negative about our whole life. Personally, I can go from being upset about a fight with my mom to being upset about every choice I’ve made in the past five years in a matter of minutes. When you’re feeling sad and lonely, it’s so easy to forget about all of the awesome things you’ve ever done – so why not remind yourself using handy-dandy Facebook?
I think this is a pretty great way to cheer yourself up. Everyone should stalk themselves once in a while! I mean, maybe you shouldn’t if you’re mourning an ex-boyfriend and there are 8,000 pictures of him on your Facebook. Then I’d say definitely don’t try this at home. But the next time you’re in a bad mood and you’re feeling kind of depressed, just log onto Facebook and check out your old pics. It’s super fun, I promise.
How often do you stalk yourself on Facebook? Does looking at old pictures make you happier? What cheers you up? Tell us in the comments.