23 Things That Feel Better Than A Facebook ‘Like’

If there were a logo for self-gratification, it would be a giant Facebook thumbs up.

We live in a culture where it’s perfectly acceptable to “do something for the Instagram” and “checking in” at every cool rooftop bar before we even order a drink is commonplace. In other words, we may be a little too attached to the social media “likes” and notifications afforded us by our smartphones.

Some research suggests our dependence may be due to our desire for instant gratification. Our brains react when we anticipate a reward (in the case of the Internet, a Facebook or Instagram “like”), according to behavioral psychologist Susan Weinschenk. But it isn’t just experts — even those of us who engage in this behavior are aware of its effect on us: According to one 2014 survey, 62 percent of adults feel better about themselves when people respond positively to something they post online.

There’s no denying there’s a feel-good confidence boost that comes from a social media stamp-of-approval. But there are plenty of other ways to recreate the brain’s “reward” feeling that don’t involve an illuminated screen.

Below are 23 things that feel better (and are better for you!) than a Facebook like.

1. Going for a run.
One word: Endorphins. The feel-good hormones, which are naturally released during exercise, are the perfect buzz when you need to perk up your outlook. No scrolling required.

2. Sleeping.
Live your life like you’ve got an extra 10 minutes before your alarm goes off. Research shows that when you lose sleep, your stress levels skyrocket. Extra Z’s > Extra likes on your status.

3. Petting your dog.
Or your cat, parrot or hedgehog. Studies show pets increase your happiness, but a 2014 HuffPost/YouGov poll found that <a target="_blank" —> Read More