We’re All Responsible for Making the Internet a Better Place

Good Deed imageEver wandered innocently into the comment section of nearly any social post or online community? If you spend more than a few minutes on social media, you’re bound to see something that bugs you. Good people of the world, I urge you, do not read the comments. But if you’re like me, you’ll do it anyway.

Humans’ inhumanity to other humans can leave you feeling a little disappointed. Maybe even appalled. So many of us work, socialize, and more online that we have a responsibility to make the internet a better place. So whenever you feel like doing or feeling good, here are some easy actions you can take. These also work great as pick-me-ups when the world–real or otherwise–has you down.

  1. Donate to a good cause or share the information about a good causes.Giving to a person or cause in need is a quick way to hopefully make a difference. Humanitarian groups in Nepal need aid after the country suffered two major earthquakes. Many fundraising sites help individuals who want to raise money for sick friends or others in need. You never need to look far for an opportunity. Even if you don’t have the means to make a donation, you can still share the information with your network and connections.
  2. Share your experience. There are a slew of sites where people post requests for answers or advice. Everyone has some wisdom or experience to share. It’s free and it only takes a few minutes.
  3. Join communities that spread good cheer. There are sites devoted purely to good news and good deeds. Let these stories inspire you to take action or simply spread the positivity.
  4. Recommend or introduce professional connections. Make introductions that you think might be beneficial. Being a connector is an easy way to lend a hand.
  5. Share the 411. Whether it’s information about job openings, educational opportunities, or free events, be a resource. Sharing info is a painless way to make a difference.

The best way to elevate your mood is to give a boost to someone else. I’m going to make a conscious effort to start spreading more good online, and I hope some of it reaches you.