10 Ways to Be More Positive Online (and Make a Difference at the Same Time)

Bad news is everywhere these days. Itís there when you switch on the television. Itís there when you glance at the newspaper headlines and most insidiously, itís there when you open your social media platform of choice.

The thing is, thereís just as much, if not more, good news out there. Itís just getting lost in the fray†of negativity. We can change that though, if we all make an effort to be more positive online.

Studies have found that sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know. It makes sense, so why donít we do it more? The reason humans are more inclined to seek out bad news dates back to our cave-dwelling days. Back then our survival depended on us being able to sniff out danger.

Nowadays, the chances of running into a saber-toothed tiger are slim. However, the message has yet to reach our brains. At least, thatís what the evolutionary psychologists and neuroscientists have found.

Iím sure thereís plenty of truth in that, but Iím equally convinced that the media are to blame. By dishing up helping after helping of disasters, scandal, terrorism, crime and the like, itís little wonder weíre primed to seek negativity out.

The guys at Buffer óthe popular social media management platformó found that positivity can have an impact on social media marketing. According to them, positive updates breed positive updates. For me, thatís reason enough to toss negativity out the window.

Switching to a more positive mindset might be a little tricky in the beginning, but bringing out your inner optimist doesnít have to be hard. According to Buffer,†learning how to think more positively†is a simple four-step process.

How to Be More Positive Online

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So, how can you be more positive online? Itís pretty easy, actually. All you have to do share and interact with the good news you come across. As for bad news? Sure, there will be occasions when you feel compelled to share something thatís technically bad news e.g. Hurricane Harvey.

But consider this before you do. Is it helpful? Will it make a difference? If itís just images depicting the devastation caused by the disaster, think twice. However, if youíre sharing a way for people to help or get involved, then by all means go ahead and spread the word.

Itís common sense really. If you think it will add value, make someone smile, motivate, inspire or generally have a positive effect, it makes sense to share it. However, if youíre having fun at someone elseís expense, itís probably best to rethink your motives.

How to Make a Difference Online

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You donít have to transform yourself into Pollyanna. Just channel your inner-superhero and be a better human. Instead of finding whatís wrong with the world, look for whatís right. Weíre so quick to cause a ruckus when something goes wrong, yet we seldom stop to highlight great service.

Iím not saying you should never complain, but thereís a difference between constructive feedback and having a moan just for the sake of it. Also, we need to take into account, and make leeway for, the possibility that sometimes itís just an honest mistake. It happens, we all make them.

10 Ideas to Get You Going

  1. When you receive good service mention it on social media and make sure to tag the person or company.
  2. Write a recommendation for a friend, colleague or even your boss on LinkedIn. Don’t wait for them to ask, just go ahead and write something.
  3. Leave positive reviews on Amazon, iTunes, Yelp or Tripadvisor. Weíve all read an amazing book, listened to a brilliant podcast or eaten a memorable meal. Letís take a moment to hat tip the person behind the experience.
  4. Make a list of NPOs close to your heart and share what theyíre doing on social media.
  5. Support and spread the word of businesses doing good and turning a profit, such as Tomís Shoes and Warby Parker.
  6. Share curated lists like 11 Fairtrade & Ethical Fashion Brands or 17 Companies that are Actually Making a Difference.
  7. Curate your own a list of helpful or inspiring blog posts or websites and share them online.
  8. Introduce people. Not in a matchmaking way, but rather to help them. If you know your colleague is working her towards becoming debt-free, you could introduce her to Melanie Lockert of Dear Debt.
  9. Interact with the positive stuff on social media. You donít have to share every great thing you come across, but you can like it or comment on it.
  10. Mike Dooley óthe guy behind Notes from the Universeóstarted an initiative called Raise the Vibe. The intention is simply to uplift and inspire. Join the Facebook group to hook up with like-minded people and share your own positive findings.

If youíre still stuck for inspiration just turn to the all-knowing Google for help. I used the search term Ďgood newsí and found the Good News Network. Searching for Ďmake a differenceí landed me 7 Key behaviors of people who make a positive difference in the world.

Our brains might be stuck in the Paleolithic era right now, but that doesnít mean they have to stay there forever. By making a habit of hanging out on websites that share only good news, we can learn to find positivity in everyday life.

Related:
Why a News Fast is the Best Things You’ll Do All Year
15 Ways to Reuse Newspaper
6†Ways Social Media is Good For You

179 comments

Hannah A
Hannah A13 days ago

Good reminders. Thanks.

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Kimberly W
Kimberly Wallace16 days ago

It's nice to be reminded. TY

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Carl R
Carl R16 days ago

Thanks!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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Olivia H
Olivia H17 days ago

thank you

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joan s
joan s18 days ago

TYFS

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Daniel N
Daniel N20 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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John W
John W22 days ago

Some good ideas

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Clare O
Clare O23 days ago

Every time you click on a news link you tilt the balance of the feeds that you see and others see in that direction. Share some good.

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Clare O
Clare O23 days ago

Go for it!

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Christophe B
Christophe Bazin24 days ago

Great article. Thank you.

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