Saturday, August 23, 2014

Using Social Media Positively!

Have you ever noticed that people "air out their dirty laundry" on Facebook? When I say this I mean, that Facebook is often the means of people complaining about their recent breakup, failing a test, getting cut off in traffic, and just drama in general. Now, please don't get me wrong. We all have trials in our lives. But these tools of social media can be used for much more than displaying our negative thoughts. What I want to suggest is that we use social media for much more positive thoughts!

Elder Bednar, an apostle for Jesus Christ, recently gave a talk at BYU Education week entitled, "To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood." He in particular spoke about the need to flood social media with positive influences for good. From this inspirational talk has come a new social media movement: #ShareGoodness. On the website it says the following:

"Every time you post simple, genuine messages and links, you help lift and strengthen those who see them. Counter negative posts with positive ones. If a friend is down, say something to cheer them up. Post links to articles and videos that reflect your values. Highlight the good in every situation. Speak from the heart. Be yourself."

Whether your a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not, we can all do our part to be more positive. If you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other means of social media, you can do your part to uplift your friends around you and be a force for positive in this world that keeps getting crazier.
So here is my challenge:
Questions to get you thinking:
1. What simple truths are you grateful for?
2. What happy moments did you have during a hard day?
3. What did someone do for you today?
If you need more ideas, click HERE!

I know that we can all do a little more to be a positive influence for good in this crazy world. The world needs less negativity, and more positivity! Please leave comments or send me a message if you choose to accept my challenge! I would love to see what posts you put up!