This week I’ve been on the receiving end of so much kindness. So many people have stood behind me and supported me as I try to deal with a large Spanish retailer who have stolen one of my illustrations. Though it’s a shitty and frustrating situation, it has been amazing to have such a strong community offering kind words and help.
We all spend lots of time each day online, interacting with people we might never meet in person and perusing the lives of strangers. It allows us ample opportunity to spread kindness far and wide; to brighten up the days of people who might live on the other side of the globe.
We all have the power to sprinkle a bit of kindness and happiness on social media!Here are five easy ways you can share more good vibes online.
1. Like, love, tag
Taking a second to leave a thumbs up or a heart on the posts you enjoy and popping a comment on the content you enjoy is an easy way to acknowledge your support and recognition.
In particular, interacting in this way with the business accounts in your feed also means your friends and followers might get a peek at posts they otherwise might not see - helping content from your favourite creators and small biz owners reach more people (and spread more smiles). Going a step further and tagging your friends in posts you think they'll love = double the opportunity for happy feeds!
2. Send a message
I'm lucky to receive messages from people who just want to tell me they enjoy my posts, that my words have made a difference, or that my illustrations have made them smile. Messages like this never, ever fail to make my day better and are appreciated beyond measure. So if you like what someone's doing, send them a DM and let them know.
3. Scroll on by
On the flipside, if someone has posted something you don't particularly like, ask yourself if it really requires a response. If it's not hurting anyone, not offensive, or abusive, then no interaction could be the kindest reply. Scroll on by and find something you love to focus on instead!
4. Share (with credit)
I've just started sharing a weekly round-up of my favourite Instagram accounts, popping them in my stories and making sure the accounts are tagged. It's another fab way to boost small businesses, support independents and acknowledge fabulous content creators by shouting about them and cheerleading from the comfort of your sofa.
5. Help where you can
Social media gives us lots of opportunities to pitch in and help. Every action counts; offering a listening ear to a friend, letting someone know where to source a product, providing links to useful support services, standing up for a creative who has had their work stolen, donating to an online campaign, using your platform to spread awareness on important issues. There are endless chances to use your online presence for good!
What can you do today to make the internet a little bit sparklier?