This Simple Smartphone Hack Instantly Boosted My Happiness Levels

iPhone Happiness Hack

Throughout much of September and October I found myself feeling rather blue. At first I put this low mood down to the change in seasons, and assumed my body just needed a chance to re-adjust. But days and weeks passed, and my happiness levels continued to slump. It didn’t make any sense.

So I launched a little investigation, and tried to become extra aware of the events that were triggering my melancholy. And it didn’t take long before I identified the culprit: Facebook.

Now, let me first clarify something, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using Facebook, per se. It certainly brings a lot of people a tons of joy (my mum included – mums love Facebook). However, ever since the summer my timeline has been clogged with news items that friends have shared. And they’re always about one of the following subjects:

– Syria and the refugee crisis
– The US election and Donald Trump
– Brexit and weakening pound
– Black Lives Matter and police brutality
– The London housing crisis

These are all worthy topics for discussion, without a doubt. And I’m so lucky to have such impassioned, well-informed friends. But the constant overflow of bad news was bringing me down. I would check Facebook out of habit, expecting to see pictures of my friend’s travels and videos of French Bulldogs dancing to Wham, but instead find a roll call of the day’s most depressing think-pieces.

So I decided Facebook had to go, and I removed the App from my iPhone. The result? I instantly felt much happier. And I don’t miss Facebook one bit.

I would suggest that everyone does the same. But I’m sure for many of you deleting Facebook is simply out of the question. Instead, you could try hiding the App in a folder so you check it less frequently, or mute certain people’s status updates if you know they’re often the bearer of bad news.

And on Twitter I limit the amount of news outlets I follow, and try to restore balance with positive sources like @Upworthy and @HuffPostGoodNews. It’s important to remember there’s still so much good happening in the world – even if it’s not being widely reported.

Would you consider deleting Facebook to boost your happiness levels? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below…

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{Tea set by Burleigh Pottery}

  • I am one of the lucky few who still can say their FB feed is not an information bubble – throughout my life I have met so many people from so many different circles with so many different views on life… It is actually quite interesting to scroll down it, because no matter how bad the news are, there is bound to be someone excited about it (although it is rage-inducing sometimes…).

    • cocos_tea_party

      That’s so lucky. And also such a wonderful way to approach differences in opinion too!

  • monicawelburn

    The struggle to stay positive amongst all of the horrible news out there is real – totally empathise with this Ella!

    Deleting Facebook seems like a good place to start if you don’t want to see a huge feed of bad news! Good going chica!

    Monica xx

    P.S. Your tea set is so cute!

    • cocos_tea_party

      Right? You can be having a perfectly great day in your own little world and then BAM, you see the news and it all comes crumbling down.

      It’s so hard to get the balance right too, because I don’t think it’s wise to just live in a bubble and become ignorant to the struggles people are having in the world. But I really think it’s important to limit your exposure to bad news just to keep some sanity.

      And isn’t it lovely? Sadly not mine, it was taken at Soho Farmhouse.

      xxx

  • Jay McLaughlin

    Whilst I haven’t deleted facebook, I have turned off all notifications. It’s totally made my life a much better place

    • cocos_tea_party

      Ooh that’s a great idea!

      • Jay McLaughlin

        Do you watch Amy schmittauer on YouTube? She has some great tips for stuff like that

        • cocos_tea_party

          No but I’ll definitely check her out!

    • Jay, how did you do that?

  • I was thinking about doing the same, and after reading this post I probably will!

  • I’ve just seen this, what a great article you are so into the point! I have deleted my personal fb account almost 3 years ago and I feel so much happier. No more staged happiness pictures from couples that are barely in love, no more bragging or ranting about situations and I realised that if people want to find me and check on me there are so many other ways that they can do it. So ultimately, not only I’ve been happier but also I have found who my real friends are!
    On the other hand, I think Instagram starts to become one of these annoying things lately but I refusing to delete it as I love the inspiration I get through it!

    x

    • cocos_tea_party

      Hi Anastasia. That’s so interesting to hear that deleting Facebook has had a huge impact on your happiness. And you were definitely ahead of the curve deleting it 3 years ago. I know what you mean re: Instagram. I’m just now trying to be more selective about who I follow and am only choosing accounts that bring me joy. xx