Focus on What Makes You Happy by Avoiding FOMO

The fear of missing out is not always a bad thing . However, if you pay more attention to your Facebook feed than to your family, it can drag you down. When you get a feel for the FOMO setting, try adjusting the focus ring to your happiness.

As the advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree points out, getting involved in the FOMO cycle often says more about our own motives than what we’re afraid to miss. If you’re happy with your current life, you don’t care if someone else is doing something cool. If there is something in your life that really makes you happy, but you overlooked it, FOMO can be a tool to help you realize that you need to refocus:

Facebook is not real life. This is clearly not life. And this, of course, is not real. Only real life is real life. But you are comparing yourself to a false life. (Someone please point to the music from The Matrix.) And the key to happiness really boils down to one word: attention.

We all have bad things to think about. But they don’t bother us when we ignore them. “Look to the bright side” is a cliché, but it also has scientific value.

If you can’t find something in your life to refocus on, then perhaps this FOMO should be the motivator you need to go out and find! Or maybe this is an indicator that your priorities are a little messed up. In any case, FOMO can be a great diagnostic tool for your own happiness. Just don’t think that getting to the grass on the other side is the only thing that will make you happy.

FOMO: This Is The Best Way To Overcome The Fear Of Missing | Bark on the wrong tree


Leave a Reply