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Photo by Jason Tuinstra on Unsplash (and designed by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson)

A cursory search online for the definition of the word enthusiast results in some of the following descriptions:

→ a person who is highly interested in and involved with a particular activity or subject;

→ a person filled with enthusiasm: such as one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit a sports car enthusiast;

→ a person filled with or guided by enthusiasm.

What a wonderful thing it is to have enthusiasm for a given subject, cause, or field! …

Positive Psychology Elements on Facebook-themed graphic designed by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Worldwide social media usage statistic numbers grow exponentially year to year, and such has been the upward trend now for more than a decade.

Explosive social media usage growth means that billions of people throughout the globe regularly frequent social media sites to connect with friends, peers, and family many times over throughout the course of a given day.

As social media users log in and out of their social apps and sites, they are generally oblivious to the positive psychology-influenced elements purposefully weaved into the interface designs of their profiles, dashboards, and always-updating news feeds.

To demonstrate this premise more clearly, this writing briefly highlights five relevant examples where positive psychology has been strategically incorporated into the News Feed interface design of the world’s most frequented social network: Facebook.

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My cherished books endlessly cover my workspace shelves.

bibliophile noun. a person who collects or has a great love of books.
bibliophilia noun. the love of books; also bibliophilism.

My sister recently came over for a visit, just before COVID-19 overtook all of our lives, and before leaving, I dragged her over to my art and design studio, which is located just behind my house — inside the back of an old shed.

I wanted her to see all the work I’d done to organize my studio space since moving in last year and, in particular, I wanted her to see how well I’d organized each of my work stations. …


Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

incurable multidisciplinary • bibliophile & scholar • visual artist 🎨 designer • #amwriting ✍️🗒️✏️ • media psychology ma • illustration mfa • PhD in progress

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