Joyscrolling Is the Latest Way to Shake Off 2020

It's Like Doomscrolling, but Happier. This Is How to Do It.

By Kevin Gray ·

Earlier this year, Merriam-Webster added "doomscrolling" and "doomsurfing" to its Words to Watch list. 

Because all over the world, people were stuck at home and glued to their increasingly negative news feeds.

That tells you just about everything you need to know about 2020.

But as this year (finally) comes to a close, there's a new activity that can replace the stress-inducing pastime with something a lot healthier.

Joyscroll is a new website launched by Iceland's tourism board that combats your typical news feed with images, videos and music meant to instill a little joy into your life. 

According to the makers, the average person scrolls through 22.7 meters of bad news each day (for the metric system impaired, that's 74 feet of bad news). So now, Iceland is helping you scroll through the same distance of positivity.

iceland waterfall
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Open the site on your laptop or phone, and start scrolling. As you go, you can listen to soothing waterfalls and crashing waves, tap your fingers to local music, ogle some delicious food, befriend a winking arctic fox and watch the wind blow through the mane of a majestic Icelandic horse. None of these things are stressful. And that's the point.

According to psychologist Emma Kenny, who worked on the project: "Looking at beautiful scenery, reading positive stories and affirmations, and exposing yourself to life enhancing and meaningful moments can make you feel happier, healthier and more hopeful."

Alternatively, you could try screaming.

The website also lets you record a cathartic scream via your computer's microphone. You can choose to play it back and listen to yourself wail in a strange feedback loop, or upload it to the site, and it will be blasted from speakers located in Djúpivogur, East Iceland

Hopefully you won't scare any passing puffins.

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray lives in Texas. He likes whiskey, weekends and hammocks, often at the same time.

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