Feeling down? Spend 1 minute on your phone to beat negative emotions!


Today I will now introduce a method for using your smartphone to get rid of negative emotions in just one minute.

As humans, we experience various negative emotions.
For example, there are feelings such as not having any motivation to do anything, feeling like we’re useless, as well as anger and sadness.

These negative emotions can really bring down our motivation.

As you may have experienced yourself, when we’re plagued by negative emotions, it’s difficult to focus or feel like we can push ourselves to try harder.

When negative emotions arise before work or studying, I’d like to introduce a method that only requires one minute of using your smartphone to significantly reduce those negative emotions.

That method is simply looking at art online.

In recent years, the effects of art have been gaining attention in the world of psychology and neuroscience.

When it comes to art, many people may think of going to a museum or purchasing paintings, like wealthy people do.
However, it’s not feasible to display a lot of art in your home, and going to a museum frequently can be a hassle. 

In this context, it has been discovered that looking at art online has the same effect as going to a museum or engaging in art activities oneself.

There is research that shows that just one minute of looking at art online can reduce stress, similar to going to a museum or engaging in art activities oneself.

The study I’m referring to was conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is the top research institute in Germany.

In this study, they conducted an experiment where they had participants, both male and female, look at various free art provided by Google on their smartphones and tablets for 1-2 minutes.

They then examined how the participants’ moods and motivations changed before and after looking at the art.

What they found was that the group that looked at the online art for just 1-2 minutes experienced a decrease in negative emotions, anxiety, and even loneliness.
As a result, it was found that their subjective sense of happiness, feeling fortunate and happy, and other positive emotions increased.

It’s really amazing, isn’t it?


You can have the same effect as going to a museum or spending time in nature.

It has been found in this study that the effect of looking at art online for just one or two minutes has a similar impact on mental well-being as physically going to an art museum or gallery and spending several hours there.

It is often said that interacting with nature is important for improving mental health.
Spending time in nature, playing and enjoying the outdoors can greatly contribute to mental training, similar to practices like meditation.
However, this research has shown that viewing art online for a short period of time can have a similar effect on mental health as spending time in nature.

This study has shown that looking at art online can have the same effect as going to a museum or spending time in nature.
It is therefore not surprising that one of the most accessible and powerful ways to improve negative moods is to use your smartphone to view art.

Many people may feel that art is difficult and requires studying to understand.
However, this research emphasizes that the subjective experience of viewing art and simply having thoughts and feelings about it is what really matters.

There is no need to have a deep understanding or prior knowledge of art. The simple act of viewing art and having a personal response to it can have a positive effect on mental well-being.

If you find yourself feeling negative emotions and have a spare minute or two, try looking at art online to shift your mood into a more positive state, rather than spending time watching YouTube or browsing the internet.

The art service provided by Google, which was mentioned in this study, is called “Google Arts & Culture”.
It is recommended to access this website and bookmark it.
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