There’s a science behind #ICHOOSEBEAUTY, and it starts with a G.
Maybe you’ve heard this wild, crazy concept before in passing, or maybe you glossed right over it, writing it off as trivial. Maybe you’ve even tried The G Word in the past, but maybe it was too easy to slip your mind. Or maybe you’ve never read the science before, and this is all totally new.
In any regard, allow me to introduce your new best friend:
Many people have heard of gratitude journals, but the problem is simple: they’re often cumbersome to keep. With the fast-paced speed of life, these days, carrying around a journal in your purse isn’t always the most convenient. So you slip, and you slide, and you do it for a few days before forgetting all about it. And then all of the benefits of keeping the gratitude journal go slipping and sliding right out the door with your good intentions.
Enter: #ICHOOSEBEAUTY. It’s a visual gratitude journal, housed right on your cell phone, where you’re challenged to snap one photo a day in line with the prompts. And while the photos, themselves, don’t necessarily have to be significant, the act of taking the photo is.
Imagine taking a forced time-out, every single day, to appreciate something beautiful that you might not have noticed otherwise. Do you suppose that eventually your lens on the world might start to cast a different tint? Sure, it would—and that’s precisely why keeping an #ICHOOSEBEAUTY visual gratitude journal is so effective: by purposely focusing on the good, we actually begin to see more of it.
It’s a game of psychological optics, helping you to re-focus your eye on the abundance of beauty we all take for granted—and less on that which does not serve us. Positive Psychology researchers have found that if you notice and appreciate beauty, you’re more likely to find joy and meaning in everyday life… even decrease your levels of depression.
By engaging in this simple act, once a day, you can and will begin to feel more hopeful about the world we live in and, in turn, about any situations you happen to find yourself in—which means you’ll be better equipped to handle them.
One photo. Once a day. For thirty days.
Because it’s not about changing what you see.
It’s about changing the angle.