Ah, social media—the ever-evolving medium that functions as both a means of communication and an endless analysis of our culture’s deepest issues. While the narrative surrounding social media has largely tilted towards the negative, the best Instagrams to follow recommended by our editors present an alternative point of view. After all, when we stick to its intended use, social media can help us share ideas, establish a connectionand support the unlimited spread of inspiration.
Of course, depending on their application, social media can also be taxing. Too much time on platforms can happen again criticism and criticism. So to squeeze out the bad comparison vibes, we’re creating space for the positive by following the best Instagrams to follow for happiness, laughter, and a more mindful social media experience, because we all deserve a little digital joy.
Featured image by Michelle Nash.
The best Instagrams to follow for a more inspiring feed
The JOY that is her husband’s high pitched laugh/scream every time she pranks is pure dopamine. You can’t help but smile. This video where he thinks she’s eating raw chicken, but it’s actually cake, that’s the one that hooked me. — Brittany, Creative Marketing Director
@hellicity_merriman (and every American Girl Doll meme account)
I recently went through all my social media followings and reduced the number from 600 to less than 250. The exercise was rewarding and centered to say the least. My favorite of those who stayed? All the American Girl doll meme accounts that make me feel challenged with every post.
@hellicity_merriman is an absolute gem. The two best friends who run the account regularly post what they call “outfit report cards” judging all of the American Girl dolls’ outfits. They’re nothing short of hilarious, but they also evoke a certain sense of nostalgia that, if you grew up in the 90s and 2000s, can totally relate to. (Also, if you want to dig deeper into why these accounts resonate with so many people, read it.) — Isabelle, editor-in-chief
Maybe it’s because I grew up in California and now have roots in Colorado, but I’m totally fascinated by life in the Northeast. Rudy Jude is a handsome sequel, a mother raising her family in rural Maine while running a clothing company in Los Angeles. She shows the gentle, simple, outdoor life of her family. It’s real yet dreamy and a joy to watch. — Edie, Wellness Contributor
If you like cute dogs, fashion, and people who don’t take themselves too seriously, you’ll love following Jenny. I am always inspired by his way of seeing the world, with a lot of humor and appreciation for the beauty of life. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind spoon, mundane but beautiful street photos, or a really chic outfit that I never thought I’d put together. — Nihel, Social Media Manager
Many of us may only know her as the stupid and terrible assistant to hacks, but Statler becomes the main character on Instagram. It’s hard to choose the greatest hits, but if you like his riff on Che Diaza follow-up from Meg Statler is just what your stream needs. -Caitline, Contributing Editor
It’s the rare social media account that inspires me to pick up my phone and type in her profile name when I need laugh. Start with the child talent agent and get ready to parade crying with laughter the whole way. —Camille, editor-in-chief
Memes + animals = my happy place on the ‘gram. This account features an array of random animal photos, videos, and memes that will have you laughing, smiling, and sometimes wondering what in the world you’re looking at. Is it really a bear that flips burgers? — Michelle Nash, Executive Producer
If you love all things wellness but like a good laugh, this is the meme account to follow. Run by two friends, it caters to the very real concerns of wellness obsessives. Be prepared for aphorisms like: nut butter aisle is my therapy, he’s a 6 but wants to talk about magnesium and comments on the in-house shower drink trend. You will laugh out loud and feel how relatable all the content is. — Isabelle, editor-in-chief