The Internet can be such a drag these days. It seems multiple times per day there is a negative or heart-breaking story trending, and you can’t seem escape it on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed.
Replace the negativity–or at least balance it out–by following these accounts that post positive stories that will remind you that there is still so much good in the world.
This news site is dedicated to combatting negativity in the media by providing daily dosages of “news to enthuse.” The site has been around since 1997 and has more than half a million followers. You can even submit your own “good news” story for consideration on the site.
This Twitter feed focuses on volunteerism, including opportunities near you, tips for organizing your own projects and inspirational quotes.
Photographer Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York as a passion project after quitting his job in the corporate world. The idea is simple: he stops passerbys in New York City and encourages them to share bits of their lives with him. Since the project started as a simple blog in 2010, the popularity of Humans of New York has surged, mostly due to the simple reminder within each post that we are all part of one human race.
Brandon now has two books and has raised millions of dollars from social media followers for low-income schools in Brooklyn, Syrian refugees and more.
Amy Poehler started Smart Girls to encourage women young and old alike to “cultivate their authentic selves.” This Facebook feed features inspirational stories, mainly geared towards young girls, to dare to be different and not let societal norms hold them back from trying new things. The account also won a Shorty Award for Tumblr Account of the Year.
Reddit has endless subreddits, ranging from topics such as Harry Potter, music genres, cute animal pictures and more. The Uplifting News subreddit (/r/) is a feed full of thousands of positive stories that will brighten your day. You can also upvote or downvote a post you like or dislike; this will help Reddit learn what types of stories appeal to you most.
Stay up-to-date in the nonprofit world by following the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Twitter page. They post nonprofit news, best practices for fundraisers and charity stats and impacts.
This positive news site features inspirational stories on a variety of topics. Recent articles include a story of a Starbucks barista going above and beyond to assist a deaf man, a child who started his own nonprofit and how to take nature selfies that don’t involve harming the environment you are visiting.
Don’t forget: what you post on your personal social media accounts and comments sections has the power to influence others. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, be the change you wish to see! Rather than attacking others with different views than your own, aim to have a conversation and learn from each other instead. We all have the power to make the Internet a happier, more understanding place.