Why Print Can Make You Feel Happier

When considering what makes us feel happy it may be easy to think of things such as going out with family or friends, some retail therapy or watching our favourite film or television show. But happiness can be found in a multitude of ways, which can include things that you may not consider.

Print is a centuries old tradition that many will find they don’t think about with the rise of digital media including social media that allows us to access hundreds of photos immediately. But there can be a pleasure to be found in physical print that tablets or smartphones cannot give us.

A survey by Canon UK and Ireland in 2017 found that printing photographs made British people feel happier, with two thirds of the 2,000 adults surveyed agreeing with this. The reasoning behind this was that it allowed to remember stories from the past when looking at physical photos.

This belief was also replicated in over half agreeing that when a photo is printed, it allows them to hold onto the memories and allow the story to live for longer. A printed photo can also inspire strong emotions with 15% stating that they had felt so emotional that they had cried over a printed photo.

If you’re interested in printing out your photos, then here at Find My Supplies we have plenty of high quality photo paper that will produce photographs of outstanding quality. So why not embrace the tradition of print today?

Embracing Printed Books

The release of e-readers in recent years have led to people consuming printed media in digital format, with the rates leading to worries that there would no longer be a placed for printed books. But the last five years have seen a slow decline in people purchasing e-books which has in turn helped to fuel a continuing high in printed book sales.

In 2016, consumer ebooks fell 17% to £204m which was reported to be the lowest level since 2011. This marks a drastic difference compared to 2014 when consumer ebooks hit a high of £275m. The genre of book also made a difference to how they did with children’s books, cooking books and biographies being particularly loved in paper format.

In comparison, sales of print fiction, non-fiction and children’s consumer books rose by almost 9% in 2016 to £1.55bn while the total UK print book market rose to a five year high of £3bn, which marked an 8% increase.

For anyone who is considering picking up a printed book, there is good news in that people who read more frequently have been shown to have a longer life expectancy than non-readers. A Yale study saw 3,635 people surveyed who were over the age of 50 and the results discovered that those who read a book for around 30 minutes daily were actually found to live on average 23 months longer than non-readers.

Sarah Jubb