5 Digital Love Tips for Valentine’s Day
Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, your news feed is bound to be bombarded by anti-romance posts.
Instead of sharing a cup of bitterness this holiday, single social media users can spread the love by using their networks in a positive way. Gabrielle Bernstein, motivational speaker and founder of social networking site HerFuture.com, shared a few digital love tips with Mashable to help you stay better connected (and feel better too) on V-Day.
1. Cleanse your news feed
“There’s a lot of value in looking at who you’re following,” Bernstein says.
It’s never a bad time to clean up your social networks and online friends. Valentine’s Day in particular seems like a perfect opportunity to spot those Debbie Downers. Is someone incessantly tweeting about heartache and loneliness? Unfollow. Chances are, they’re always posting negative content anyway, Bernstein explains.
There’s no better place than the Internet to find trolls and haters. If your social streams are a constant flow of negativity, “forgive and delete.”
2. Create a Valentine’s playlist
Creating and sharing a Spotify playlist of feel-good songs can lift lonely spirits, Bernstein says. She has “Positive Perception” songs to rock out to, because who can really cry over a box of chocolates when Fatboy Slim is on?
3. Pin your heart out
Bernstein recommends making “vision boards” on Pinterest and curating your favorite items or photos. Seeing all the things you love in one place, whether it’s a collection of cat pictures or places you want to travel, will serve as reminders that there’s more out there than canoodling couples.
4. Post positive messages
If you’re keen on blocking friends with V-Day complaints, they probably don’t want to hear about your “Forever Alone” moments either. Bernstein’s perspective on sharing is to post positivity to receive it.
“When you’re feeling helpless or alone and caught up in your own negativity, there’s an opportunity to create,” she says. “You can create a movement around positive content.”
Plus, studies show that inspiring and affirming content shares better.
5. Connect with others
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic partners. You can use Twitter to organize a holiday tweetup or chat on other forums to get involved in the online community.
“Do a Google Hangout with some single friends,” Bernstein says. “If you’re lonely, you can feel more connected to others via chat or bond over something you share.”
Do you have any digital tips for Valentine’s Day? Share yours in the comments below.
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