Embrace the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO): Rediscover Happiness

Embrace the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO): Rediscover Happiness


In a world where being constantly connected is not only common but often expected, there’s a whispering counter-movement that’s gaining volume and compelling us to pause and ponder. It’s the celebration of JOMO, or the Joy of Missing Out. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the relentless push notifications, the flood of social media updates, or simply the ceaseless bustle of modern life? You’re not alone—and perhaps, JOMO is the breath of fresh air you’ve been seeking.

What is JOMO?

JOMO is essentially the antithesis of FOMO or the Fear of Missing Out. While FOMO has us clutching our phones in fear of skipping a beat on the latest happenings, JOMO invites us to unplug, unwind, and find contentment in our immediate surroundings. Instead of scrolling endlessly, it’s about savoring the moment, whether that’s enjoying a quiet coffee alone or choosing to read a book over attending a crowded social event.

Why Embrace JOMO?

The reasons to embrace JOMO are as varied as they are significant. From improving mental health to boosting creativity, the benefits are backed by growing research. Let’s delve into some of these perks:

1. Improved Mental Health

Stepping back from the compulsive need to be online can lead to significant improvements in your mental well-being. Research indicates that disconnecting from online activities and focusing on real-life interactions can decrease anxiety and depression, fostering a healthier mental state1.

2. Enhanced Creativity

Another fascinating aspect of JOMO is its positive impact on creativity. When we unplug from technology and reduce our exposure to external influences, our mind gets the much-needed space to think, explore, and create. Studies point out that people who disconnect from technology periodically report an upsurge in creative thinking2.

3. Better Sleep Quality

Our sleep patterns can be severely disrupted by constant connectivity. The blue light from screens interferes with the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. By indulging in JOMO and turning off our devices well before bedtime, we can improve the quality of our sleep, as evidenced by sleep research3.

4. Reduced Stress

The pressure to be perpetually available and responsive can be exhausting and stress-inducing. Engaging with JOMO allows us to set boundaries, reducing the stress associated with the digital world. Research shows that people embracing JOMO report lower levels of stress compared to their always-connected counterparts4.

5. Increased Mindfulness

Finally, JOMO encourages a more mindful way of living. By paying more attention to the present, and less to virtual interactions, mindfulness increases. This heightened awareness can lead to greater life satisfaction and overall happiness5.

How to Incorporate JOMO into Your Life

Incorporating JOMO in your life doesn’t mean you need to vanish from the digital world altogether. Instead, it’s about finding a balance that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Digital Detoxes

Start with periodic digital detoxes. Designate times during the day or specific days during the week where you consciously decide to stay off digital devices. You might pick the hours right after work or whole weekends, depending on what feels right for you.

2. Mindful Usage of Technology

Be more mindful about how and why you use technology. Before you pick up your phone or log in to social media, pause and ask yourself why. If it’s simply a habit or a reaction to boredom, consider what other fulfilling activities you could be engaging in instead.

3. Prioritize Real Interactions

Make a conscious effort to prioritize face-to-face interactions. Plan meet-ups with friends, or engage in community activities. Real, human interactions are key to emotional well-being and can often remind us of what we miss when we’re glued to our screens.

4. Embrace Leisure without Guilt

Lastly, learn to embrace leisure and downtime without guilt. In our productivity-obsessed culture, doing ‘nothing’ is often undervalued. However, quiet downtime is crucial for mental health and creativity. Whether it’s sitting quietly in a park, practicing meditation, or dabbling in a hobby without purpose—allow yourself to enjoy these moments fully.


Embracing JOMO isn’t about missing out; it’s about rediscovering the joys that our always-connected world often obscures. It’s about finding balance, enhancing personal well-being, and re-engaging with the world immediately around us in a meaningful way. In a culture that praises busyness and constant connection, JOMO is not just a practice—it’s a rebellion. An invitation to find joy in the overlooked simplicities of life and to remember that sometimes, the best thing we can experience is right where we are, untouched by the digital handprint. Here’s to finding your joy in missing out, heightened by the realization that what you gain in the moment is far greater than what you miss online.


  1. Research https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6141478/

  2. Journal of Information Systems Education https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321272870_Unplugging_from_Technology_Benefits_and_Challenges

  3. Journal of Sleep Research https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jsr.12733

  4. Journal of Consumer Research https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/697288?seq=1

  5. Journal of Positive Psychology https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760.2017.1347939