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"Your Fully Charged Life" Author Meaghan Murphy On How Chatbooks Boost Her Mood

In the February edition of the "You Got This" newsletter, our special guest editor shares all the deets on how to feel 1,000 times more energized.

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Here's a sneak peek at the February "You Got This" newsletter...

Hey Chatbookers! I’m the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day magazine, co-host of Off the Gram podcast and the author of the brand new book, Your Fully Charged Life. I’m also a longtime Chatbooks fan!

One of my secrets for feeling more energized is flipping through my photos — they provide total mood magic. Here’s why...

EVERYDAY MOMENTS REALLY MATTER

In a series of experiments, researchers at Harvard Business School found that people underestimate how much they’ll value rediscovering experiences from their past, even the ordinary ones. Go ahead, be shameless—remember to put yourself in the frame once in a while. Your loved ones will appreciate those snaps later, too. 

YOU’LL WANT PICTURES MORE THAN YOU THINK

My kids roll their eyes and call me “momarazzi” when I whip out my phone, but sorry, not sorry. Nobody looks back at photos of everyday life and thinks, I really don’t need these. (Except videos of concerts—does anyone ever rewatch those?!)

TAKING PICTURES IS AN INSTANT MOOD-BOOSTER

University of California researchers found that taking daily snapshots of things that make you smile boost levels of happiness and energy. Study participants said it made them more appreciative, especially of family members. 

PHOTOS MAKE YOUR BRAIN HAPPY

It’s about as close to time travel as we can get, because snapshots help you tap into memories. And reminiscing in detail about specific positive memories is a positivity pill—it can reduce stress, increase activity in the part of your brain related to emotion regulation and more.

MAKE IT A HABIT

Dust off your digital archives, separate your photos into highlight reel folders and print them into Chatbooks. Then, when you’re feeling low, go through them. Whenever I’m down in the dumps, leafing through a Chatbook feels like I’m mainlining a cocktail of joy, optimism and gratitude cut with love. 

Pick up a copy of Meaghan’s book and follow her on Instagram!

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