Millions of selfies are taken and shared every day. There’s even a ‘National Selfie Day’ celebrated annually on 21st June. Recent research on this topic suggests that taking positive photos, like light-hearted selfies, can increase happiness.
Let’s explore the reasons behind the feel-good factor of sharing your happy snappy’s. Plus, get to know some practical tips on how to make yours stand out.
Selfies and happiness
You may think that constantly taking self-portraits is a sign of low self-esteem. Or that sharing it to social media is pure vanity.
However, the study mentioned above has shown that taking selfies can enhance your mood. It may also increase your confidence levels.
Some see it as a visualisation of their best, or ideal self. Sharing your self-made and close up memories has also been labelled as an expression of your freedom.
When you take and share pictures of objects or occasions that make you happy, you become more aware of your surroundings. This, in turn, leads to more mindfulness, growing appreciation, and awareness.
A smiling face is an expression of pure joy. Sharing a picture of something that makes you happy is bound to become a talking point.
With life being so busy, it becomes evident when you share objects and moments that bring joyfulness to the mundane and everyday life. Don’t forget the fur and four-paw family members too; pets in selfies are very popular.
The most important point about selfies is to keep in mind where you’re sharing it, and who’ll see it. Consider if it’s suitable in your professional capacity and if you want to expose yourself to your colleagues and more conservative friends or family members.
If you’re feeling daring and want to share something more intimate, it’s advisable to read up on the possible consequences before posting it. This recent Facetune: sending a sexy selfie article, mentions some top guidelines to consider before you strike that seductive pose.
Check your social media privacy settings before you share them. Know how to hide, block, and report unwanted attention.
As with all good things, moderation is the key. When your selfie habit becomes obsessive and constantly attracts unpleasant remarks or engagement, it may be time to take a break.
How to take a proper selfie
You can take reasonable snaps of yourself without investing in any equipment. A basic selfie simply requires a smart device with a camera, an outstretched arm, and a decent angle.
If you’re an influencer or taking self-styling more seriously, you’ll need a high-quality mobile device with a front camera. Read up about the best smartphone for selfies if that’s your main motivation for upgrading your phone. These all have amazing features and filters for the ultimate in clear images.
Other noteworthy considerations are the background, specifically, if you’re taking a mirror selfie. Decide if you’re keeping it clear or styling it to fit the mood.
You’ll also need enough quality lighting to enhance your image. Natural sunlight works well, and you can angle yourself with the sun towards your back. Be mindful of the brightest part of the day and consider how the shadows fall too.
Indoor lights can be too harsh, especially white light. It’s best to be near a light source in a darker room. Smile naturally and look directly into the camera, not the screen. Voila, your selfie creation is done.
Keep it positive
Selfies are now considered a pastime and a way to share memories. By keeping it positive, you can enhance your mood. It’s a creative way to remember treasured occasions.
Self-portraits and photos of mindful moments make us more aware of our surroundings. Be selective with your audience, and you’ll double the joy by sharing it.
You don’t need to be an award-winning photographer. Armed with a decent smartphone, and following a few basic steps, anyone can capture brilliant pictures.
Turning your best moments into memories that you can share with others does indeed create a better perspective of gratitude and happiness.
Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.
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