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Volume #2

When did you last go on an adventure?

Using photography to explore and capture the world around us offers a unique way to see beauty in the everyday and transform our perspective. This powerful medium allows us to slow down, observe closely, and appreciate the intricate details and fleeting moments that often go unnoticed. Whether it’s through macro photography that reveals hidden patterns in nature or capturing the vibrant colors of a sunset, photography encourages mindfulness and a deeper connection with our environment.


Click Each Picture for a Different Photo Journey:


“On The Need For Intentional Solitude”

Mariam Vahradyan shares how a solo night out revitalized her spirit, leading to fresh ideas and a renewed appreciation for life. She argues that intentional solitude—setting aside time for oneself—can enhance well-being by providing space for reflection, reducing impulsivity, and fostering creativity. Drawing on psychologist Mihaely Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow, Mariam emphasizes that engaging in hobbies and activities with deep focus can promote personal growth. Her accompanying photo series, capturing moments of individuals connecting with their environment, illustrates how intentional solitude is essential for both personal and relational well-being.


“Seeing Happy in Montenegro”

Lulu Carter embarks on a journey of self-discovery and healing through travel after the loss of her mother. Taking a gap semester with her husband, Lulu explores Montenegro, finding solace in its natural beauty and warm hospitality. The country’s lush landscapes and serene environment helped her reconnect with herself, easing her grief and anxiety. Through the lens of her camera, she captured the vibrant life and breathtaking views, which brought her immense joy and a renewed sense of happiness. Montenegro’s slow-paced, family-oriented culture resonated deeply with her, leaving her happier and more at peace.


“Can We Create Awe?”

The emergence of Spring prompts Roger to take a deeper appreciation for his surroundings. Inspired by the transformative power of awe, as discussed by Summer Allen, Ph.D., Roger reflects on his own experiences capturing nature’s wonders through photography. By experimenting with light and perspective, he discovers that true wonder often lies beneath the surface. Emphasizing the importance of intentional practices like “awe walks” and “awe-photoshoots,” Roger encourages readers to continually seek and celebrate the hidden beauty in everyday moments.


Through the diverse experiences shared in this newsletter—from the intricate wonders of macro photography to the emotional journeys captured in travel and food art—we see how this medium can transform our perspective and enrich our lives. We hope these stories inspire you to embark on your own photographic adventures, uncovering the extraordinary in the ordinary. Happy exploring!

The Team at SeeingHappy


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The team here at SeeingHappy are all photographers who enjoy the process of creating memorable photos. We are a mix of educators striving to share their knowledge and psychologists dedicated to increasing happiness in the world.

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