It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity of social media.
But for every negative post, there’s always some quote, joke or image meant to be uplifting or funny – something to make you smile on an otherwise dreary day.
While negativity seems to permeate Twitter, we often forget how easy it is to find inspirational quotes and knee-slapping jokes, the kind that really make you LOL (i.e., laugh out loud).
If you’re on Twitter and you’re looking to elevate your mood, check out daily hashtags that are meant to inspire.
For example, tweets with hashtags like #MondayMotivation or #WednesdayWisdom often offer insights or humor that give other Twitter users real-life smiley faces.
@WilliamABurnell tweeted, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives #JFK” and included the #WednesdayWisdom hashtag. It included an image of a boardwalk over clear blue water.
It wasn’t much, and no one had liked or retweeted the post aside from me. But it was something I needed to read in that moment, even if it was only a tweet with a pretty picture.
This isn’t to suggest those who use the “motivation” or “wisdom” hashtags are 100 percent focused on productivity and positivity. Indeed, some users will co-opt a trending hashtag to go on a political rant.
But these users are easy to avoid and, of course, you can always unfollow or block someone you feel is abusing a hashtag meant to promote something positive.
Other similar daily hashtags include #TuesdayThoughts, #ThursdayThoughts, #FridayFeeling, #SaturdayMotivation, and #SundayFunday.
Positive Brittany at @brittlove77 tweeted, “Spend time doing what you love. Don’t waste time living a life you don’t like. Make the change you need to, to enjoy today” with the hashtag #FridayFeeling.
Like Burnell’s tweet, Brittany’s message didn’t offer earth-shaking, life-altering advice. It wasn’t meant to. It was simply meant to be a heartening message for those who needed to read it in that moment.
And clearly someone needed Brittany’s positive message, as it was retweeted more than 80 times and received more than 200 likes.
Others who post stirring, thought-provoking messages are easy to find, and some actively engage with their Twitter followers.
New Age guru Deepak Chopra maintains a very active Twitter account with motivational posts, educational videos, and links to articles. Follow Chopra at @deepakchopra to see how he uses Twitter to promote his brand and engage followers.
I’m also a fan of Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last. He doesn’t tweet often, but when he does, it’s often profound and uplifting. Earlier this year, he tweeted, “The genius at the top doesn’t make the team look good. A good team makes the person at the top look like a genius.” You can follow Sinek at @simonsinek to see more.
Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is professor and chair of the department of communication at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, USA. He researches and writes about communication and relationships, parenting and sports. He writes a weekly column for The Vindicator newspaper on social media and society.