Social media as a positive community
Are the people around you making you happy?
Yes, would be the first immediate answer. If you’re a social person or an entrepreneur like me (or both) you love to have people around you. Add the fact that you spend a lot of time on social media tracking the lives of coworkers, clients, authors, bloggers, friends, acquaintances, artists, fashionistas, health pros, stylists and other profiles mean that you have a lot of people around you on a daily basis.
One of my favorite reads this summer is the New York Times article “The Power of Positive People” that walks us through the impact our social lives have on our health. Our routines, behaviours, health and well-being are largely influenced by our social networks - and in the digital world meaning those we decided to follow and interact with daily.
A lot of the times these people are not your real friends (meaning friends that you spend IRL time with or those that know secret things about you). Those friends are your social media friends. Often it seems like these friends know you better because of connected through likeminded interest and ideas. But sometimes we question these friendships and forget what brought us together in the first place.
I have a wide social media network, and I'm proud of it. I’m part of many amazing digital communities that empower and inspire me every day.
But I agree with the article that there are some of my friends that make me happier and some that just don’t.
The article suggests that you identify the people in your life that bring positivity in your life, and spend more time with them. No matter if its IRL friends or social media friends, I think it’s our responsibility to make social media into a positive happy place by surrounding ourselves with those that bring inspiration, positivity and empowerment.
So this summer I welcomed a couple of unfollowing sprees and hits on Instagrams ‘mute’ button for the sake of my own well-being. And I think you should too.
“I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network,” says Dan Buettner, the author of Blue Zones in the article.
Here are some of my favourite positive-powered Instagrammers right now:
Which ones are yours? Share your faves here: @Kellam.co