Today’s world seems to be filled with bad news on top of bad news, which is the exact reason why I don’t watch the news at all.
But, it somehow catches up to me on social media outlets regardless of my efforts to avoid it.
And it’s soooo easy to get caught up in social media, too: all of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So I figured since social media is so accessible, why not use it for inspiration, to remind us that there is still positivity and goodness in the world?
One of the biggest platforms to see inspiration on is Instagram. There’s something to be said when you are captivated by a picture. And sometimes that picture may not even have any words written.
It doesn’t matter who you are. I believe we can all use some encouragement. Encouragement to follow our dreams, to do better, to just be…better.
So, here are 14 Instagram accounts that will inspire you to live better every day.
WARNING: Some of these accounts may encourage you to be kinder, healthier, live life to the fullest, find your sense of humor, push you harder, think about the environment, think positive, love yourself, and have compassion for others. If you DO NOT wish to have these feelings then I urge you to not view these Instagram accounts. For everyone else, please enjoy!
1. Random Acts of Kindness
The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes the world will be a significantly better place if we encourage the spread of kindness in schools, communities, and homes. Follow this account to find your daily random act of kindness.
2. Mark Bustos
I came across a recent article about Mark Bustos on Facebook and then stumbled upon him on the Random Acts of Kindness Instagram account. So, naturally he needed to be included in this list. He is a professional hair stylist with a celebrity clientele. However, that doesn’t stop him from taking time out once a week to give free haircuts to the homeless. Simply amazing!
3. The She Is Project
This fantastic networking site celebrates women from various industries, cultures, and career passions and motivates them to feed off of each other’s zest for expressing their individuality and success stories. They also offer inspiration, even in the cutest of packages.
4. Born Wild Project
This community site is meant to empower families to raise children who are connected with wilderness and wildness. I mean if these kids can go hiking in the snow, rock climbing, and wading through the mud, then what’s our excuse?
5. Talking Food
This account offers a little food humor. It’s described as “food with personality” and personality it does have. If this doesn’t make you crack even a little bit of a smile, then there’s no hope for you, sorry.
6. Big Gal Yoga
Some people might be intimidated by yoga because they think it’s only for people of a certain size. Well, this account throws all of those beliefs out the window and proves that yoga truly is for every body.
7. Black Girl Yoga
Here is another account that shatters some more myths about yoga. This account is all about showcasing the love of yoga in the black community. Their motto is “It’s really not about exclusion. It is about coming together as a community and serving as a source of motivation and inspiration for others.”
8. Thrive Moms
Thrive Moms is a ministry for imperfect moms to encourage and inspire you to do more than JUST SURVIVE motherhood. They believe God wants us to Thrive and walk confidently in who He calls us to be as mothers.
9. Power of Positivity
Power of Positivity (PoP) is changing the world, one positive thought at a time. They’ve realized that by changing the most minute, measurable human action (thought), we can create an immense and immeasurable impact in the world through that thought. PoP focuses on the good in the world, how you can expand that good within you, and how that expansion from within can generate more good for others.
10. Equal Exchange
I previously posted about the benefits of buying fair trade. This account lets you see the worldwide impact of fair trade items like coffee, tea, and chocolate. See pictures of farmers from Guatemala to Honduras and the positive side of buying fair trade. Find and shop these items in your local grocery store to help do your part
This account belongs to a mobile Bible app where you can study lesson plans and more right on your phone. Through Instagram you can enjoy scripture quotes written in beautiful handwriting on top of some really beautiful pictures.
12. Ugly Fruit & Veg Campaign
We take so much for granted. The fact that we feel privileged enough to pass over less than ideal fruits & vegetables is sad. This account turns all that around and celebrates ugly fruits and vegetables. WHY? We waste 20-40% of produce worldwide because it’s not “perfect,” yet 800 million are hungry! So go out and buy some ugly fruit & vegetables today!
Oceana’s top mission is to protect and restore the world’s oceans. The oceans have the capacity to provide a healthy seafood meal to a billion people, every day, but, unfortunately the oceans are in trouble. Follow this account to see amazing pictures of oceanic wildlife which will remind you to take certain steps to help save our oceans.
14. Malala Fund
This account belongs to Malala Yousafzai. If you don’t know her story you need to. She, like her father, was very into education and loved going to school. Even despite the Taliban’s efforts to keep girls out of school, she didn’t let that stop her. At the age of fifteen, on October 9, 2012 on her way home from school on the bus, a masked gunman boarded it and shot her in the head. She miraculously survived and didn’t let that stop her from continuing her efforts for ensuring girls get the quality education they deserve. In 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize. Her Instagram account gives a glimpse inside the impact her organization is doing.
What are some of your favorite inspirational Instagram accounts?