We live in a world where digital technology controls everything we do, so it’s more important than ever that we know how to spread kindness on social media.
Everyone is on social media. Even 10 year olds are on social media (I mean…*I* don’t agree with that but what do I know, lol.) Your grandma is on social media. Dogs have social media. (My dog does. HA!)
If we are not being kind on those platforms, we are releasing negative energy into the world in a MAJOR way. Things on social media spread like wildfire overnight. If you’re not being kind…there’s a chance that you could impact thousands, if not millions, of more people than you thought you would.
When you think about it like that, it puts things into perspective.
So I wanted to give you some ideas on how you can spread kindness on social media as much as possible because, let’s be honest…it’s hard to do that.
Social media is filled to the BRIM with toxicity, and I frankly see no reason for you to add to it. But I’m also guessing that by you reading this right now, you’re NOT looking to add to it so YAY for you. I’m a proud Kindness Coach.
Let’s dive into this so you can read about the 7 things you can do to spread kindness on social media and positively make an impact on others through technology!
Share an inspirational quote on your Stories that you resonate with
Have you ever seen comments from people on those quote-based accounts that are like “WOW that was exactly what I needed to hear today!”
You could share a quote that gives someone that feeling!
Everyone in the whole world loves going on Pinterest and finding quotes that resonate with them. All you have to do is go on there and search “inspirational quotes” or “motivational quotes” and you will get THOUSANDS of results!
Choose one that really resonates with you. Save it to your phone, and then share it to your Story! Whether that’s Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, post it.
There could be someone watching your Story that really needs to see that quote when you share it. And honestly? 9 times out of 10, they won’t tell you that. They will more than likely just be another person that viewed your story.
BUT. They could walk away from viewing your story with renewed hope, extra motivation to reach their goals, knowledge that everything is going to be okay, or with the feeling that comes when you know you’re not alone.
That’s powerful. And you could give that to someone today.
Comment something genuine and nice on someone’s profile that you aren’t close friends with
You know when your best friend posts a really gorgeous selfie and you comment “😍😍👏👏✨✨ SO EFFING PRETTY” and they just feel all light and loved inside?
Yeah. You could do that for people you DON’T know, too!
I think people generally are VERY hesitant to be kind to people they aren’t good friends with on social media for the fear of “coming across as weird.”
To that, I say, girlfriend – get over that fear! It’s a waste of time. It serves no purpose. People might need to hear your kind words today, and whether it comes from someone they know or not shouldn’t really matter.
And if they DO think you’re a weirdo? Oh well! At least you tried to be kind – the rest is on them.
But seriously, if you’re like anyone else on social media (especially Instagram!) then you’re probably following a bunch of people from high school or college that were never *really* your friend but you just knew *of* each other.
That’s a PERFECT person to post a nice comment for.
They would never see your comment coming, and they might be having a really crappy day when you say something nice, and that would be really beneficial!
Don’t respond to negative comments or feedback in any way
Honestly, seeing this being done is a really big pet peeve of mine. It drives me freaking nuts. NUTS.
For example: someone comments on my Instagram picture and says, “You’re stupid, why do you even share this kinda crap anyway?”
First of all, YIKES. That’s super mean.
But then I go and comment back, “Maybe you should just unfollow me if you hate my content so much and make everyone’s lives easier?”
….WhAt DoEs AnYoNe HaVe To GaIn FrOm ThAt?!?!
Nothing. Nobody has anything to gain from that. Sure, from my perspective, I might just be standing up for myself, but it comes across a really mean way.
Not only that, but we all know that when we respond to negative things, whether in the digital world or real life, it just gives someone a reason to be mean MORE.
Turn your back on that crap. Not to throw out the cliche, here, but be the bigger person! Just don’t respond at all. It’s less energy you have to spend on other, negative people and less reason for an internet bully to be mean to you.
Besides, the best way to help others see that kindness is the solution for everything isn’t to tell them how they’re not being kind and how they’re wrong, but actually to just show them kindness and lead by example.
It’s a long term strategy, but it works WAY better.
Send a nice message to someone in their DMs
This is kinda similar to the suggestion talking about nice comments, but it’s a little more intimate and in-depth.
First of all, showing up in someone’s DM means you went out of your way to talk to them and be kind. People take notice of that.
Second of all, sending a DM is more like telling someone why you enjoy following them or why you think they’re cool, rather than just saying, “You look pretty in this picture!” There’s nothing wrong with that comment by any means, but DMs just hold more depth.
A while back, I got a message from one of my freshman year college roommates, and she just told me that she thought it was really great what I was doing on social media and encouraged me to keep it up!
That was so nice! It showed me that she was paying attention to my content and truly liked it. (Also – it was nice to read that because I actually didn’t really get along with my roommates freshman year. If you guys are reading this, sorry I was the worst. You live and you learn, I guess, lol.)
It brought a lot of joy to my day. I remember later telling my boyfriend about that message and being like, “That made my whole day – it was so nice!”
You could make someone else feel like that!! Slide into those DMs like a creeper on a mission, girlfriend, you got nothing to lose hahah. (But don’t be like an *actual* creeper, nobody likes that.)
Shout out people when you think they’re cool, doing good work, etc
This is literally one of the easiest things you could do on social media, and yet it’s not done enough. Like…why?
It’s *especially* easy on Instagram! You know that little paper airplane icon under every single post? Tap that to share a post to your Story – it’s that easy.
I think it’s such a great idea to spend 5 or 10 minutes of your time to round up the accounts/people that you really love following, and share recent posts of theirs on your Story.
People LOVE when their content gets shared around, whether that’s for a business, personal, or influencer account. (Or even something else entirely!) If you like it, share it!
You can take it to the next level and share WHY you like their page so much. Is it their pretty pictures? Are the words they share in their captions super inspirational? Is it the fact that they consistently share the cutest dog videos in the whole world? WHAT?!
Let your followers know why THEY should follow these accounts. If you tag those people in the Stories you share, they’ll see what you posted and truly be thankful! It could bring a big smile to their face.
Share funny memes
Oh, memes…I love them. Sometimes I hate them. I hate that I love them. And I love to hate them. They are THE golden nuggets of the internet.
If there’s anyone in the world that doesn’t like a good meme, then again, they’re robots or psychopaths or something. MEMES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS SOCIETY. Ha!
I always get a little glimmer of appreciation when someone shares a meme on the internet somewhere. Honestly, when I’m sad, I go on Facebook and scroll certain people’s feeds because literally all they share is high quality memes and I immediately feel better.
If I ever see someone share a meme on Instagram when they don’t normally share them, I get a nice giggle and that’s ALWAYS nice.
You could give someone else that giggle, too! Doesn’t it feel good, to make someone laugh?! That’s like a whole other different type of goodness that feels like nothing else.
Find your favorite meme and post it *somewhere.* Share it on Facebook, add it to your Snapchat Story or post it to your Instagram feed if you really want everyone to see it forever, lol.
I say this all the time, but seriously, you never know what impact that simple sharing of a meme could have. It could be the only time that a person laughs the entire day. Everyone deserves to laugh, don’t they?
When you think about it like that, it gives you a whole new motivation to give kindness in little ways as much as possible. Impacting just one person is important, too – it doesn’t always have to be thousands at a time to have a solid impact!
Unfollow people that don’t give you immediate good vibes of any type
This sounds counter intuitive, but trust me.
Think about this: if there’s someone you’re following but you kinda secretly hate their content, you tend to have a higher chance of leaving some sort of negative comment, don’t you?
I’m not saying you’re someone that immediately shares negative comments on everything you even remotely dislike, but there’s definitely a higher *chance.*
Why take that risk?
Just eliminate the chance altogether! Unfollow people that don’t make you feel good.
I actually do this at least once a month on my Instagram account. I make my feed almost like a sacred place; it’s very protected. I only let the best of the best in that area for me to scroll.
If I let those people I didn’t like sit on my feed, I’m at a higher risk of leaving a mean comment. But if it’s not even there, I don’t have to worry about it! Out of sight, out of mind.
Not to mention, that’s doing YOURSELF a favor. There’s no reason to follow people on social media that don’t make you feel good. That’s a total waste of time! I don’t care if it’s your best friend in the world – if seeing their posts doesn’t make you smile, get rid of them. End of story!
Related: Why Kindness is So Important for Ourselves AND the World
On top of that, you’re also leaving more room for people who actually enjoy their posts and stories. Not that they “need room,” but you get the idea.
It’s a roundabout way to spread kindness on social media, but it’s effective and it helps both parties involved!
Do all these things to *really* spread kindness on social media in a big way!
Remember, kindness doesn’t have to be hard. It can be done so easily, and you don’t have to think too much about it. Social media has such a HUGE affect on our lives each day. The more kindness you can give away and those platforms, the better.
I talk about this kinda stuff and WAY more in The Kindness Notes, my weekly emails! Check them out right here.