Social Media - Can It Be Good For Your Mental Health?

7 Ways Social Media Can Be Good for Your Mental Health Social Media and RelationshipWe often hear only about the negatives of social media, but here are just some of the benefits thoughtful engagement can provide.

Many people use the internet as a primary way of communicating and learning. The internet has become a source of valuable information and inspiration that if used as a resource for good it can actually improve your mental health.

Social media allows you to interact with the world. Social sites have been able to serve as wonderful tools that can aid in helping you to learn more about yourself and the world around you. It's a platform for expanding into areas you are curious and passionate about and with good content readily available, it allows you to gravitate towards what inspires you - things you need for a healthy mind, body, and spirit, and things that will allow you to reach a place of greater awareness. Here's how:

1. Sharing personal information on social media is satisfying. Researchers at Harvard University recently learned through a study that the act of disclosing information about oneself on social media activates the same part of the brain that is associated with the sensation of pleasure; the same pleasure we get from eating food, getting money or even having sex. This would explain why some people are so engaged on social media and really find pleasure in exposing their lives to others. I call it the "live to post" syndrome.

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