It's not all outfit posts and fake news ok?
Instagram gets a bad rap. From being blamed for single handily promoting a culture of filtered fakeness, to horror stories of finding unwanted dick pics in your DMs, it gets a tough time. And while some of this is founded, it can also be a place to go to bring some joy into our lives. Let's not forget, Instagram is what you make it, and it's you who chooses who to follow. So with that in mind, these are the accounts that feed our souls as well as our eyes at the moment.
Colorado accountant Steve has dedicated his life to looking after eight senior dogs, a house-dwelling pig called Bikini, some bunnies and a chicken and it's quite possibly our favourite thing on the entire internet. After the death of his beloved dog Wolfgang six years ago, Steve was so distraught he did the only thing he could think of - going t the animal shelter and adopting the least adoptable dog in the place. His account is a hilarious look into the lives of this weird and wonderful crew and on particularly shit days it reminds us that there are truly good people in the world.
We love a good meme when we see one, and Positively Present has the whole 'you can do this' vibe down to a tee. The DC illustrator Dani DiPirro creates all kinds of motivational images that manage to make you feel fab, and not be even a tiny bit cheesy. Not to mention the work is gorgeous. Need a little pick me up? Check it out.
If you're adverse to soppy love stories, look away now. On the other hand if your ideal Friday night involves your tenth viewing of 27 Dresses while downing a bottle of wine (just us then?) then you've come to the right place. The Way We Met is a collection of real life love stories about how couples came to be. Sure it's cheesy and if you catch us in the wrong mood we want to punch them all in the face but after another shitty Tinder date take a look at this and restore your faith in the world.
"There's no sugarcoating it. It was a crazy, drunken decision but it was the best decision I’ve ever made because it lead me to the love of my life. I was in my second semester of Freshman year at Florida State University when I decided to attend the infamous Friday happy hour at Potbelly's bar in Tallahassee. A few hours in, wasted college students started dropping like flies until I was one of the last ones standing. I was having so much fun and wasn't ready to leave yet, so I decided to make my way over to a small group of strangers (who were basically the only other people left at the bar). Immediately, I noticed a tall rambunctious, slightly goofy guy with a funny accent and we started chatting. I persuaded him and the rest of his friends to keep the party going and hit some other bars with me. After a full, wild night of shenanigans, Marcus told me he had to head back for "bus call." I wasn't sure what he was talking about- and realized I'd never even asked him and his friends what they were doing in Tallahassee in the first place - but I agreed to see him off. Turns out, Marcus was in fact the lead dancer for an Irish band touring around North America. When we got to the bus, we both weren't ready to say goodbye. So in an effort to continue our serendipitous adventure, Marcus invited me to come with him on tour for a few days. I don't think he ever expected me to take him up on his offer, but I did. With one condition- that he promised to have me back in time for class on Tuesday. He agreed. And just like that, I was on the adventure of a lifetime- gallivanting across Florida and Georgia with Marcus and the rest of the Celtic Crossroads band. I had no phone charger, no change of clothes, nothing. I spent the next few days waking up on a tour bus hung-over, barefoot, and in borrowed t-shirts. But as promised, Marcus had me back in time for class on Tuesday. Little did I know our adventure was only just beginning. I ended up going back on tour with him many more times throughout college whenever I could get away from school, and when Marcus was off tour, he would stay with me in Tallahassee. 7 wild and crazy years later, we’re married.”
If that doesn't warm your cold, dead heart we don't know what will.
Need more help getting happy? This should do it