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Image: fizkes (Shutterstock) As we learned pretty early on in the year, what starts out as a quick check of what’s going on in the world can quickly devolve into a doomscrolling session . Not that 2020 has a monopoly on bad news (the end of 2016 and then all of 2017-2019 held their own), but it has been coming in especially hard and fast this year. If, at this point, you haven’t come across the term “doomscrolling,” then you’ve probably at least done it. While it hasn’t yet met the criteria to be an official entry in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the website arm of the operation says that the word “doomscrolling” refers to “the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.” But if we can make ourselves depressed and anxious scrolling through bad news, does that mean we can make ourselves feel better by scrolling through good news (or at least things we like)? Sure, why not. It’s called “joyscrolling,” and here’s what it involves. How to replace doomscrolling with joyscrolling It’s relatively straightforward: Instead of looking at things on the internet that make you sad, angry or anxious, look at things that make you happy, calm or amused. Keep in mind that joyscrolling relies on personal preference—so one person’s joyscrolling looking through the new crop of holiday engagement photos posted on social media, may be the next person’s version of doomscrolling. You probably already have […]