Social media is here to stay and it can be a helpful tool in many ways.

I love being able to connect with my cousins and friends more easily and effortlessly.
I love knowing what’s happening in people’s lives even if I don’t speak to them as often.
I love taking a few minutes to feel connected, especially to faraway friends and family.

However!

Abuse and addiction of social media and using social media to validate ourselves can be detrimental to our health and well-being.

Similar to gambling and slot machines, the little hits on social media likes boost the brain’s dopamine response and keep us going back for more. This creates a craving sensation and an external false validation.

Use your social media wisely and be aware of how it makes you feel and how much time you are spending on it.

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Happiness Tip: Your children are especially vulnerable.  It is important to have real conversations with youth and help them recognize their own unique value. I urge you to be a positive role model and demonstrate a healthy approach to social media with your loved ones.

To Your Outrageously Happy Social Media Adventures!