Before social media, when we wanted to share an opinion, we’d have to send it into the newspaper and hope they’d publish it. 🙏
Before social media, if we wanted to share an opinion with someone we disagreed with, we’d have to write it down, place it in an envelope, and just maybe we’d think twice before mailing something we regretted. 😅
But now we have social media, which gives everyone the opportunity to spout judgments and condemnations instantaneously and anonymously without having to give a second thought. 💨
We no longer have to hear opposing viewpoints and can surround ourselves with only information which reinforces our worldview. We can stay inside our own political and ideological bubbles. 💭
Don’t get me wrong! With social media came faster ways to communicate with others, to share information, and connect with like-minded people we wouldn’t ever meet without it. 👍
But it also brought with it a new set of problems: mental health issues, information overload, and an expectation that everything we can have in our lives should be instantaneous. 🎁
🌟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬. 🌟
Thanks to the digital leashes in our palms, we’ve unintentionally primed our brains into patterns of behavior that produce LESS wellbeing and LESS fulfillment. 🙋 ♂️
Happiness, and I mean a deep sense of happiness that’s sustained over time, one which Aristotle referred to as “eudaimonia”, comes from your commitments to the long-term. 🙌
📌 Committing to a loving relationship is a long-term process, not a swipe-left on Tinder.
📌 Maintaining a healthy diet is a long-term process, not a diet supplement.
📌 Caring for your emotional well-being is a long-term process, not a Netflix binge.
And hey, I’ve had my share of short-term pleasures too, so I’m not pretending to be immune from their pull either! 😅
But truly, a life filled with a deep sense of meaning and purpose never comes from short-term pleasures, from the paths of least resistance. 🙌
Instead, it’s in the ongoing pursuit of doing things you deem worthwhile where you’re going to find it. ❤️
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