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122. Social Media: Moving Out of Social Comparison & Into Social Savoring

In this episode, we discuss the impact of social media on mental health, focusing on the concepts of social comparison and social savoring. One route that social media can take to tank our mood has to do with social comparison, where we evaluate our own worth based on others. However, the negative impacts of this can be reduced through the practice of social savoring, which aims at deriving joy from other's experiences. We'll talk about how this approach can help us shift our personal story-telling in such a way that actually boosts our mood. 


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Key moments:

00:00 Introduction to Joy Lab Podcast
00:39 The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
02:41 Understanding Social Comparison and Social Savoring
06:56 The Role of Social Media in Social Comparisons
10:39 The Power of Changing Our Social Media Narratives
16:50 The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex in Managing Emotions
19:26 Closing Thoughts and Wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh
19:54 Outro and Disclaimer


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