Take pictures this Christmas—if you are having a good time

A joyful heart is good medicine.

Proverbs 17:22a

Should you take pictures this Christmas or just enjoy the moment? Actually, some recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicates that taking photos can increase the enjoyment of positive experiences. This contradicts an often held belief that picture taking can be distracting. In the research, people took pictures while eating meals, visiting museums and taking bus tours. In almost every case there was more enjoyment and engagement for the people who took pictures. But what should you do if that family gathering is not going so well? The same research also indicated that taking pictures while doing something unpleasant made the situation even more unpleasant. So as you are celebrating during the holiday season, go ahead and take some pictures—if you are having a good time!

 

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