This article is part of a series called, “New Years Resolutions Worth Having.”
Today, I am sharing with you a tip for resolution number 9: Get Uplifted!
Society is rigged to bring you down.
No, I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I am not paranoid. However, the reality of our modern society is that marketing is constantly aiming at making you feel bad about yourself – inadequate, “less than.” Marketers work to bring you down, then offer the solution in the products or services they offer.
Marketers actually have a term for this. They call it “finding the pain point(s)” of the “consumer.” What is the “consumer” worried about? What does the “consumer” long for? What problem does the “consumer” need to solve?
It is not enough to find what people need, or want, marketing often seeks to create that need or want.
If they make you feel inadequate about your body, you are more likely to spend more money on makeup and clothes. If they make you feel unworthy because you drive an old car, you are more likely to be in the market for a new car.
There are a few objects in your home that are the means by which you are bombarded with these messages. Controlling these objects will help you feel uplifted in no time.
So what are the objects that can bring you down or uplift you?
To Get Uplifted, Control the Content of Screens
A recent study showed that the more time people spent on social media, the more unhappy they were. Previous studies have shown that the more time people spend watching TV or on their computers, the more dissatisfied they are about their lives.
Consider the following:
- If you are allowing depressing content on your social media feeds, don’t be surprised if you feel depressed yourself!
- You would never hang photos of abused children or hurt animals on your walls, but if you allow them on your home screens, is there much difference?
- The more you watch advertisements, the more you will “want” things, and the more you will believe that you need many more things to be happy.
- Constantly watching news channels creates the impression that the world is full of crazy, bad people. It is not true!
Practice the following:
- Do not sleep with smart phones, tablets or laptops on your night stand.
- Cover up the screens of computer desktops and TV’s when not in use.
- Hide from your social media feeds people who are negative or constantly posting about the suffering of others or the problems of the world.
- Watch the news only once a day, if you must, to stay informed. The rest of the time, set your TV to uplifting programing — shows and movies you love.
You may also want to look into subscriptions to sites where you can watch your TV shows and movies without being exposed to advertisements. The small investment these services require is more than worth it, to keep your world more uplifted.