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Recently a study showed that eating chocolate could help you lose weight faster.

Even more recently it came out that the report was in fact, bogus. We were sad.

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People are still finding it hard to believe that eating more Hershey’s will NOT help them shed those extra pounds any faster.

We want so badly for the things we love most to be good for us too.

Wouldn’t it be great if ALL the things we indulge in were wise and healthy things to do?

  • Reality TV shows increase your IQ!
  • Ice cream prevents cancer!
  • Netflix binges lower your cholesterol!
  • Celebrity news makes you a better spouse!
  • Going to the movies burns fat!

These would be great, but they aren’t true.
(If you find out they are, please let us know.)

But what about pictures?

From the time we could crawl, pictures have been a part of our life. We judged a book by how many pictures it had. We relished the dollar photo booths at birthday parties and movie theaters. We even have a day every year at school just to take a picture of everybody. Our affection has only grown as we have. Today we whip out our cameras at every occasion (and non-occasion) to capture SO much of our lives. Whether it’s a funny moment, a night to remember, a gorgeous sunset, or our favorite friend or pet, we need a picture of it. Or twelve. Not to mention pictures of our own face. We really love those too.

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Of course it’s fun look at our pictures, just like it’s fun to binge-watch our favorite TV shows.

But looking at our favorite pictures could be a whole lot more.

What if I told told you that looking at pictures could actually improve your health?

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Let me explain.

The average person is a stressed person. If you’re anything like me, you don’t *quite* feel fulfilled and complete in your life. You’re not miserable, but you aren’t flipping cartwheels with glee either.

Every day our social calendars are usually full of dinners, lunches, coffees, excursions, and diversions. And the information overload we all experience day in and day out can be quite overwhelming.

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It’s so easy to let the hustle and bustle of life sweep us along. We sprint through another week, month, and year, forgetting one important thing.

A thing so important in fact, that it’s THE simplest and easiest way to remove stress from our life and feel happier.

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What is this one thing we can’t seem to do enough?

Remember the good things in your life every day and be thankful for them.

That sounds like a trick, or a motivational poster, but it’s absolutely true.

Is there science to back this up? Yes.

According to The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, people who practice gratitude tend to report having stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and tend to act with more generosity and compassion.

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The University of California, Davis and the University of Miami did another study. They assigned three groups to write five things that affected their week for ten weeks.

One group had to write about things that affected them positively, the second group about things that affected them negatively or displeased them and the third group wrote about things that affected them in general.

The results? Those in the gratitude group proved to be:

  • 25% happier than the hassled group
  • Reported fewer health complaints
  • Exercised an average of 1.5 hours more!

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So, to recap; remembering and being thankful for the good things in your life is LITERALLY a key to happier, less stressful life.

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger immune systems
  • Happier and less stressed.
  • More generous and more compassionate.

Some of you may be reading this and wondering what all this has to do with looking at pictures. Let’s talk about that.

What’s the one thing you have to do before you can be thankful for something that happened to you? It sounds elementary, but you have to REMEMBER that thing.

Life happens so fast, and it’s easy to forget all the great moments of your life.

And this is where all those pictures come in. You’ve unwittingly been building your solution for as long they’ve been putting cameras in our phones!

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Vision is the strongest and most influential sense for memory formation. So SEEING these great things brings back those memories more than anything else.

Most of us take photos of not just the top handful of moments from our year, but the top HUNDRED!

  • That one great day trip to the beach before school started back.
  • The impromptu dance contest in your living room.
  • When your braces came off and your teeth looked amazing.
  • When your second grandchild had her first birthday.

All these moments are great ones to remember and be thankful for. And our photos help us to remember them.

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The problem is that most of our photos live on our social media accounts. We share the photo, check back for a couple of days to see all the likes and comments, and that’s it. They fade away into the mist of our past timelines, to be seen only when Facebook or Timehop reminds us a year or four later. And for some of our photos (like our selfie albums), that’s perfectly adequate.

But what about all those amazing memories? How many more times will you look at those photos? 4 times? 8 times?

The people of our planet will take a TRILLION photos this year, but every one will be looked at fewer times than ever in history.

Your memories are worth so much more than a few likes and a Timehop.

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Here’s the plan.

  1. Find some photos of your favorite memories.
  2. Get them printed.
  3. Put them on your walls and around your home (and office).
  4. See them everyday.
  5. Remember those moments and be thankful for them.
  6. Enjoy a happier, less stressful life.

You owe it to yourself to print your favorite memories. And this is no guilty pleasure. Do it for your own happiness. Your blood pressure will thank you. You’ll be glad you did.

All we do here at Fracture is rooted in this one thing we passionately believe in:

The power of the printed image– to move you, to inspire, and yes, to make you happier, everyday.

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