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Why printing your photos can make you happier

Chris Roper

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An old girlfriend of mine asked why I took so few pictures. When I explained I just couldn’t be bothered, she patiently replied that pictures are like memories – if you don’t take any, how are you supposed to remember all the happy moments you had in life?

I’m not especially forgetful, but her point struck a chord. My girlfriend taught me a fundamental truth: photographs help us immortalize special memories. And the very best memories deserve to live in the physical world, where you can see them every day, reliving the best times of your life as if they were yesterday.

Since then, I’ve been taking photos regularly and printing them using 1ClickPrint. Now I’m in the habit of taking pictures it’s great to browse albums or walk around my home and remember the sights, smells, and sounds of the past.

You see, just taking pictures isn’t enough. It’s what you do with them that counts. Do you remember what you did with your last picture? If you’re like 90% of the population you probably uploaded it to social media. That buzz you get when the likes build up is pretty special, but like all cheap thrills it fades quickly, and so does the photo.

It’s a strange irony: we take cameras with us everywhere but spend far less time looking at the pictures. Yet studies have shown that browsing old albums makes you happier than eating chocolate, watching TV, listening to music, or drinking booze.

If you truly want to relive your favorite moments of the past, why not print your photographs? Hang them on your living room wall, in your study, in the kitchen, frame and display them on your desk at work… do anything to bring those treasured moments to life in the real world.

I use 1ClickPrint to create canvas prints of my favorite pictures, but they also print on metal, wood, acrylic, and (of course) paper, so you can find the right style for your home. Instead of spending money on costly artworks, cover your walls in loved ones and exotic places, bringing you closer to friends, family, and past adventures.

The craftspeople at 1ClickPrint prepare everything by hand, using the finest art-grade inks to ensure long-lasting, colourful, and vibrant pictures. Every order is then triple-checked before leaving the printers and sent securely to your door. With premium, hand-stretched canvas prints beginning at just $5.99, you can easily print within budget. 

Abandoning your photographs on a hard drive or social media account denies them their true power. If you take pictures to remember a special moment, then give them life by printing them. You’ll feel a lot happier if you do.

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