A few weeks ago I watched a documentary that made me think about how the online world can make you feel and the effect it can have. For me personally, the internet is a very happy place in general. For others though, it isn't and can be damaging and lead to a lot of unhappiness. So here are a few things remember about staying happy in the online world.
Surround yourself with the right people: Putting yourself in a positive environment to begin with will help your happiness tenfold. Your Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest should all be places that you look forward to visiting and not thinking 'oh what have they written this time?'.
Be a happy presence: Remember this quote from an old post of mine? 'Be a radiator, not a drain' well the exact same motto goes for the online world. I'm not talking about constantly spewing out rainbows but generally being cheerful with what you're putting out on the internet is a big help. If you're constantly putting out negativity you're only going to get yourself into a vicious cycle that's hard to break out of.
You're in control: We're surrounded by content, but we're the ones who have the power to control what we view and what we don't. It's not wise to put yourself in a hostile or negative environment as it will only bring you down and make you unhappy. If you know that visiting a certain website or blog is going to have a negative effect on you then simply do not view it. You'll feel much better in the long run.
Protect yourself: If someone is being negative towards you online then you have every right to protect yourself. Whilst it's tempting to respond the likelihood of it turning into a heated row is pretty much guaranteed so it's best just to just ignore it. It shows a lot more about them than it does about you.
Think about your actions: Passive aggressiveness online is not cool, it just isn't. I will hold my hands up and say I've done it in the past and then looked back and been embarrassed by my actions. Just because you're writing something online doesn't mean it doesn't have consequences, it does. It's a well-known fact that employers check up on social media sites so being vicious and malicious about others online isn't going to do you any favours in the long run.
Have internet free days: We all need an internet break occasionally. It can be so easy to get caught up in what's going on online that we forget about the world outside. I'm having more and more internet free hours and sometimes even a day here and there and it's doing me the world of good.
Do you have any tips for staying happy online?