6 Instagram Ideas That Will Make Your Life Happier + Better (Instead Of Falling Into The Comparison Trap)

Looking for Instagram ideas? These aren't your usual Instagram tips about cropping and filters. Click through for advice on using social media in a way that makes you happier and supports your personal development!

What are your Instagram ideas?

“My house should look like that and since it doesn’t I am clearly a loser.”
“How in the name of all that is good and holy can they afford that? And why can’t I?”
“I don’t look like that in a swimsuit. I AM NEVER WEARING A SWIMSUIT AGAIN.”

I’m sure you’ve seen a million studies that say social media negatively affects our self-esteem. Instagram is charged with this more often than Twitter or Facebook – and I get it! It’s not hard to filter and crop our way to a perfect-looking life. It’s easy to forget that social media is a highlight reel.

There are certainly arguments for using our phones and social media less. But I’d like to make the controversial argument that – when used with intention – Instagram in particular can actually make us happier.

6 Instagram Ideas That Will Make Your Life Happier + Better 

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I’m so excited to share that I’ll be teaching the minimalist money section of A Simple Year this year! Click here to learn more. 

How was your week, friends? I spent the first half up north at a friend’s cabin and the rest of it enjoy Proper Fall Weather after 2+ weeks of rain. Gorgeous! This weekend we’re helping a friend celebrate his 35th birthday and phone banking for the DFL.

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Why You Should ‘Indiana Jones’ Your Bad Habit + How To Do It

Want to break a bad habit? Replace your bad habit rather than trying to go cold turkey or be too virtuous! Click through for ideas about less-bad habits you can use to replace your bad ones!

 

“You know what? I think I’m ready to do it.” We’re driving back to Minneapolis after a long cabin weekend and my never-ending yammering about habits and goals has my friend all riled up.

“I’m gonna do it for real this time,” he nods. “I’ve got this terrible habit of checking my phone first thing in the morning and I’m going to go cold turkey.” He passes an old Nissan and takes a sip of his gas station coffee.

“I’m going to stop checking my phone and start meditating! Yes!” He slaps the steering wheel.

“Oh dude, you don’t have to do that,” I tell him. “Why don’t you just Indiana Jones it?”

Unsurprisingly, this makes zero sense to my friend. So I elaborate.

“You’ve seen Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark, right?” (This is a trick question because we’re both children of the 80s and OBVIOUSLY HE’S SEEN IT.)

“Indiana Jones doesn’t just, like, snatch the golden idol and leave that pedestal empty. He replaces the it with a bag of sand that’s about the same size and weight.”

Now, leaving aside the fact that it’s, uh, pretty problematic that Indiana Jones is stealing ancient artifacts from indigenous people and his sandbag swap triggers a series of booby traps, I think what he does nicely illustrates something we should do when we’re trying to break bad habits. Instead of trying to break a bad habit cold turkey or replace it with something painfully virtuous, what if we swapped in something slightly less ‘bad’? Click To Tweet (more…)

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How was your week, friends? How are you doing and dealing with current events?

I’m self-medicating with a combination of 5calls.org, planning upcoming trips, and watching The Good Place. Yesterday we went to the ever-adorable Red Wing for my 4-year-old niece’s birthday party + bluff hiking + thrifting and it was exactly what my heart and mind needed.

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How Much Is Your Habit Worth In Dollars? (Mine’s worth $280,000)

Wondering about habits to start? Thinking about which healthy habits would improve your life? When you know how much your habit is worth, it's easier to commit to it! Click through to read more.
My hands are a little sweaty as I click the ‘send’ button.

I pace around the living room, giving myself a pep talk. “You know what? Maybe this is what will get people to pay attention. I know it’s supposedly tacky to talk about but I think it’s important and I’m glad I did it. Yup? Yup. Yuuuuup.”

What did I do?

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