Find Your Future

Dear Friends,

Whether you are going on a trip, spending time with family, enjoying the fresh air, or having a barbeque with friends, you are bound to embark on some sort of adventure this summer.  When you have something you are looking forward to, how do you look forward to what you have yet to experience? Are you a planner or do you prefer to have zero expectations?

In the following image submitted by Jordan Rampulla, they photograph an individual eagerly anticipating giving a bouquet of flowers to a special person in his life:

WAITING FOR FLOWERS  by Jordan Rampulla
I think there is something so beautiful about this moment - the anticipation before surprising someone with a bouquet of flowers.

We agree Jordan, the beauty that can be captured through photography in a moment of anticipation is quite beautiful! As photographers, we not only have the power to explore our own emotions in photos, but also, we have the ability to document acts of goodness in the world. 

This week, we are spotlighting an article from the New York Times, which discusses how anticipation can play a role in fostering life satisfaction:

If you are placing moments of excitement and satisfaction in your future, you are demonstrating to yourself that you are committed towards uncovering new life experiences and that the world is a place of discovery. 

“Whether it’s a party or a bribe or a nightly list, anticipation can be a powerful tool in manipulating our emotions. When the TV writer Anna Beth Chao writes an episode for “You” on Netflix, we always try to end with something where you’re like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got to see what happens next,’  she said. ‘I basically tell myself a little story about what might happen,’  she said. ‘If you frame it within ‘Well, what if it’s an adventure?,’ it’s easier to get excited about it.’” -Holly Burns

Whatever it is you are anticipating – big or small – what are you looking forward to? Before you go to bed tonight, we challenge you to send a text to yourself describing something you are excited for tomorrow and why. Next, take a picture of what you texted yourself the following day.

Merging your anticipation from the past with your photography might make you see the experience from a new perspective.

Over and out,

The Team at SeeingHappy

Roger Irwin

Roger Irwin is passionate about understanding the intersection of the arts and human development. He is researching how media intake and creativity based interventions can help people explore their strengths. He is a candidate for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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