From Tracie: Revolutionize Facebook #PostPositive

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Revolutionize Facebook #PostPositive

My friend Vanessa (the Vanessa, who is not an ax murderer and blogs occasionally at Every Good Thing) recently had a conversation about all of the negativity on facebook. I know you have seen it. If it isn't someone posting hate-filled messages, political rants, or depressing accounts of their day in passive aggressive vagueness, it is an update of someone else complaining about all the hate-filled messages, rants, and passive aggressive vagueness they have seen that day.

Vanessa's friend said, "Maybe we should have one Facebook day dedicated to nothing but positivity - telling your friends and family how much they mean to you, sharing positive sayings, and linking to heartwarming stories. Anything to create the ripple effect of serenity."

This is how the idea for Post Positive was born.

October 4th is World Smile Day. We are going to celebrate by posting only positive things all day.

World Smile Day PosterWe aren't going to be positive just on facebook. We are going to be positive everywhere... Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. Blog posts. While talking to our kids. At the coffee shop. While driving in crazy traffic. During that phone call with our moms. Sitting in the pick up line at school. While talking to our spouses. When we see the frazzled parent at the grocery store trying to maneuver through the aisles with two cranky kids. Standing on the crowded bus or subway. And tomorrow night, when we are alone with our quiet thoughts before sleep claims us.

Post Positive isn't about being fake or stuffing down feelings. Bad things happen, and it is okay to have very real reactions to those things and reach out for support during those times. But for one day, we are going to look for the good things. Post Positive is a day to intentionally give smiles away. Look for, and focus on, things that make you happy. Be thankful and kind. Share good things with the people you love, the people you only see online, and the people you have just met. Be encouraging.

Bring A Smile To Someone's Face Post Positive 2013

Help us create the ripple effect of serenity.
If you want to be positive with us, you can join the facebook event. Vanessa will be sharing some positive and happy news articles (they really do exist) to help you get positive posting ideas, but mostly it will be a good reminder that you aren't alone. When all of us spread positivity and love, it makes a difference.

#PostPositive
Join the positivity revolution.

Let's get started a day early with a little practice.
What makes you smile?
What is one awesome thing that happened today?

18 comments:

  1. Oh how I love this idea!!! I am so in! There is one person in my FB feed and all she does is complain about everything. I mean c'mon everyday multiple times a day something is going wrong or she is stressed? Drives me nuts!

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    1. I have one of those people on my list, too, and I eventually ended up hiding most of her updates. I just couldn't take the constant negativity anymore. We all throw out those frustrated status updates occasionally, but several times every day is way too much.

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  2. This is one of the reasons I've stopped reading Facebook posts...I think some people just want attention. Positivity doesn't seem to get people as much attention...although I'm not sure why!

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    1. I think you are absolutely correct. Put up a "I can't talk about it publicly, but today has been the worst day ever. PM me if you want more details." message and suddenly you have everyone's attention.

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  3. Who knew? World smile day. Never even heard of it. Very cool.

    And I know what you mean about Facebook. Political. Rants. Moaning and groaning. I try and stay positive and don't post a lot, but being negative does nothing. I never understood why putting so much out there was needed anyway!

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    1. I definitely try to stay upbeat on facebook, but there are times when I slip. It was great to have a whole day focused on positivity.

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  4. LOVE THIS!! I'm in! One good thing that happened today? Our Mother of all Meltdowns book went live on Amazon!

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  5. Hi Tracie,
    #PostPositive sounds like a great idea! I'll be joining you with the hashtag :)

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    1. Awesome! I'm excited you joined in with us.

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  6. I like that you talk about looking for the positive. I think so often people only pay attention to what's right in front of them rather than looking for something that's happier/better/more exciting.

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    1. So true. It takes a little extra effort to find the good stuff sometimes, but it is always worth it.

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  7. I love this idea. We need more positivity in the world.

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  8. I love this :)

    Lately, I've had a lot of turmoil in my life, and I've been one of "those" people. My posts have been filled with whining about my medical troubles or complaining about my neighbors. It feels good to focus on the happy today and to find happy things to share with others.
    I'm truly blessed in my life, all things considered, and it's good to remember that. Thank you for the reminder <3

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    1. Trust me....you have never been as negative as some of the people in my facebook feed. Plus, I love you, and those neighbors of yours really do deserve a few typed rants.

      I LOVED reading all your positive, happy updates yesterday. It was wonderful. <3

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  9. How NICE!!! My way of combating the negativity is to barely ever be on FB. I post a few things for the blog and that's that. I hardly ever spend time on my personal profile anymore. I just can't take it. THIS IS REFRESHING!!! I love it!! --Lisa

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    1. Ha! That is one way to do it for sure! Sometimes you just have to walk away.

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