Happiness and Selfies

A recent study in the Psychology of Well-Being by Chen and colleagues investigated the influence of smartphone photography on the positive. Forty-one participants were required to take one photo each day for four weeks in one of three conditions: selfie with a smile, a photo of something that would make themselves happy, a photo of something that would make someone else happy. Participants’ mood was assessed through an App one minute, five minutes, and three hours after capturing the photo. Overall, the results suggested taking a photo with the intent to increase personal happiness is associated with more positive affect.

How does your smartphone photography influence your mood?