You’ve probably heard people say “the past is past, focus on the present.” There’s certainly some truth to that Zen philosophy but here are four real ways memories and looking back can improve your life.

We’ve written full blog posts on each one of these 4 benefits, you can click the links to read them.

 

  1. Gain a new perspective on life – Today, we are pushed to dwell more on what we don’t have and what we haven’t achieved, rather than appreciating what we’ve already accomplished. But reflecting on the past can help bring a newfound appreciation and perspective to what we have in the present and a realization of how far we have come. Our captured moments allow us to see how we’ve spent our time and with whom we’ve shared it. Recording past experiences and reliving them through digital memories has never been easier with our mobile devices and apps at our disposal. Read More…

 

  1. Improve through reflection – Captured memories create a visual timeline documenting how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same. With the technology of today, snapping photos or jotting down our thoughts, feelings, and stories does not need to be relegated to a few minutes before bed and can be integrated with our busy daily lives. Doing so will preserve our experiences in rich detail to look back on and help us connect our present selves with our past selves to better prepare us for the future. Journaling and reflection is a proven key to self-improvement and a way to pass lessons on to future generations. Why not give it a try? Read More…

 

  1. Escape the daily grind – Revisiting memories through photos, videos, or journal notes can be all it takes to reinvigorate our day. Memories can help us relieve stress and clear our minds. Curating a few photos or writing down a funny quote can add a new dimension to experiencing the events of daily life. Whether it’s for entertainment or to find happiness and closure, recording and revisiting memories is a rewarding experience. So, do yourself a favor and set aside a little time tomorrow from your normal routines and take a look back at your life. You may just find it becomes your favorite habit. Read More…

 

  1. Strengthen family bonds – While the powerful role of storytelling in our lives has not changed since the development of language, the presence of family in our narratives has been dwindling with the development of technology. Distant organizations now tend to control the stories to which we are exposed and dominate storytelling in modern culture. Stories told by our family are the ones that are most important to us and become an integral part of our identity. Rather than mourning the decline of the family oral storytelling tradition, we can harness modern technology to revive and enhance family storytelling once again. Combining digital media of all types: photo, video, audio and the written word along with the connective power of the internet can keep alive the tradition of storytelling and revitalize our rich family histories so many of us are missing out on today. Read More…

 

Cory Bailey
Cory is an English major at Furman University in Greenville, SC. His study abroad experience in the British Isles motivated him to find new ways to preserve and share his travel stories. This search led him to Arkiver where he now contributes useful and entertaining blogs.