Being Positive in a World full of Noise and Negativity

I’ve become more jaded with the world over the last few years.

Granted, I’m sure that happens with everyone when you get older, right?

Remember when Facebook and other social media sources used to be about pictures with your friends, or funny links & videos?

Now, it’s flooded by political posts, clickbait articles, and annoying ads. Thanks Mark! Love your algorithm. If it weren’t for events and how handy messenger can be at times, I would’ve been off the site a long long time ago. There’s still pockets of good things on there, but man has it taken a nose dive. This can be applied to any other form of social media.

The news is full of dread and filth.

The media is having a field day with Trump. What else are they going to talk about when you have news going 24 hours a day? They’ll overanalyze every little comment or out of context quote as if the world was ending. People tune in, instead of tuning out.

I came across a quote that I am paraphrasing from Tim Ferriss when it comes to people who are critical of others online.

Why should you associate yourself with someone who has too much time to comment and criticize every little thing on the internet?

For me, the last few years have had me standing on the sidelines, observing, not participating, but also snickering at what was going on in the pit of these arguments.

Now? I’m getting away from that.

To be clear, people are free to have their opinions and their debates. It’s part of human nature. However, if you’re spending your time spreading negative shit on Facebook, or having Karma slapfights on Reddit because someone disagrees with you, and you can’t stop checking Twitter every 15 minutes because someone said something that makes you upset, do as Ice Cube said and check yourself before you wreck yourself. 

Instead?

Instead of adding to the cesspool that piles up on the internet by the millisecond, spread some positivity. Do something good. Try reading and following others that you don’t agree with. Try to get an understanding of where they’re coming from.

So, why not try to keep things more positive?

I’m not saying you always have a constant smile on your face and always be super positive like you are one of those exaggerated motivational speakers, but try to at least do something that will things better for you.

  • Take time to be a good friend
  • Take time to be a good person
  • Be kinder to strangers
  • Listen to others even if you don’t agree with them. Don’t go racing to your keyboard to write a clickbait article on Medium on why they’re wrong.

We all have different experiences and come from different backgrounds.

I’ve wrote before about how living well is the best revenge, and I still believe that, and will continue to believe that. No need to jump on every little argument on the internet.

Relevant XKCD