Why you should take a photo a dayWe often snap photos with abandon during holidays or family events, but leave the camera to gather dust throughout the rest of the year. Here are some great reasons to capture the everyday moments in your life.
Taking photographs regularly has been shown to improve memory and brain function in older adults, while looking at photos of everyday events may improve our memory of that event later on and allow us to recall it in greater detail.
But it isn’t enough to just collect a huge number of photos - to benefit from the memory-boosting power of photography we need to take the time to reflect on the experiences they capture.
‘In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them,’ says researcher Dr. Linda Henkel from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
This process has been defined as ‘mindful photography’ by a group of positive psychologists at the University of California. The researchers believe that taking photographs about things in your life that are central to who you are may enhance health and wellbeing. This may include photos of sports equipment, or a moment in time spent with a loved one. Mindful photography encourages you to focus on what you value most in life and helps you examine your everyday life in a different way - through the lens of a camera - with an eye for beauty, meaning and value.
Are you an avid photographer? Do you regularly review and reminisce over old photos?