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How to Use Facebook in A Positive Way

Updated on July 3, 2014

The Facebook Scenario

Facebook is a social media network that is popular around the world. While you may live in separate countries from some of the people you correspond with online, you are friends with them on the network. Use Facebook in a positive way as you influence each other through your actions within the social media platform.

You can spread positive thoughts or energy by engaging in friendly activities on the site. You have the ability to spread kindness by sending Facebook friends uplifting words and sharing in their accomplishments.

Use the Network in A Positive Way

Facebook. Log in. Spread smiles.
Facebook. Log in. Spread smiles. | Source

Social Media Activities

Leave a positive response to a post.
Leave a positive response to a post. | Source

Positive Responses to Posts

One positive way to use Facebook is to write a supportive comment on a Friend's public post if you enjoy the material or subject. You may smile as you read the Status Update or click on the provided link to an article that provides you with material you did not know about walking for exercise.

When you enjoy the read, tell your Facebook Friend. That person will appreciate that you took the time to read the post and enjoyed what you read. Your Friend will feel that the post was not in vain as it did indeed get read and was received in a supportive light. If your friend hangs close by his or her cell phone for new Facebook updates, you have just provided a new update with your comment. It's a positive comment to boot!

Not only have you left a comment, you have shown your support for your Friend.

Examples of positive responses to a posted article that you enjoyed on the social media network are:

  • Wow, I didn't know That! (fill in the details with a specific point you learned)
  • Thanks for sharing this important material about (comment on the subject matter)!
  • Your post made me smile :)

In regards to the last suggestion on the list above, who doesn't enjoy making someone else smile? Smiles are contagious and do not cost money, so why not share them?!

Send A "Just Because" Message

Just because. Your message may be the highlight to a friend's bad day.
Just because. Your message may be the highlight to a friend's bad day. | Source

Another Positive Method

Send a Friend on Facebook a message "just because" or for no particular reason. When your Friend does not anticipate the acknowledgement, it can be a great surprise for him or her!

The message can be a small one; it is more the thought behind the message than the number of words that is important here. Also, sometimes wording that is straight to the point is more powerful than longer lines. Send the post as a public message to his or her wall, or as a private Inbox message through Facebook instead if preferred.

The "just because" message tells your Friend that he or she is in your thoughts. Chances are that you the note will make your Friend feel special for the unexpected attention. What a positive notion!

Examples of positive messages for Facebook are:

  • I'm thinking about you, have a great day!
  • Happy (enter the day of the week here)!
  • Just a quick note to say hello :)

Post an Inspirational Quote

Posting quotes is a great way to use Facebook in a positive way. Type the quote as a Status Update or share the quote from a webpage you came across online. Either way, the quote will appear on your profile's wall.

Your quote will show up in your Friends' electronic feeds and at the top of your profile if they click on your page to see what you are up to lately. The uplifting words of a positive quote may inspire your Friends as they read the words. Perhaps a Friend is having a bad day and your posted words help him or her gain a better handle on the day. If that reader then shares the quote to his or her wall, you are doubling the positive vibes!

Share a Positive Quote

Engage and inspire others.
Engage and inspire others. | Source

Other examples of quotes to use on the social media network are:

  • "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean
  • "Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries." -Corita Kent
  • "When you wholeheartedly adopt a "with all your heart" attitude and go out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things" - Norman Vincent Peale

Positive quotes can be shared from Pinterest, websites dedicated to posting quotes, and by subscribing on Facebook to groups that share quotes. Pinky Quotes is a great example of a FB group!

Share a Positive Facebook Post

Another way to use Facebook in a positive way is by sharing a post you like from a Friend's wall onto your own profile wall. Perhaps your Friend posted a photo that you really liked; rather than pressing the "Like" button, go a step further and select the "Share" option. Your Friend will appreciate the online share.

Your Friend will likely appreciate the share as it means you took time to stop by his or her Facebook profile. The share means you connected with the material and want to allow your own group of Friends to see the post too. Your Friend will be even happier if he or she created the post material, such as writing the article you decided to share online. What a compliment that you read the article and take the time to share it with your own circle of online friends!

Your share is a positive moment within your Friend's day. Why not spread the positivity? Ensure that you don't just randomly share material but instead genuinely like the specific post. Remember that your profile does reflect on you, so it is wise to share quality posts.

Photos Are Shareable Too

Sunset on the beach, Land of Israel. Beautiful.
Sunset on the beach, Land of Israel. Beautiful. | Source

Post a Great Photo

Post a photo that you think is cute or great for another reason on your Facebook wall as another way to spread positivity amongst your connections. You have the ability to help a Friend smile or laugh by what you share on the social media network.

Examples of cute photos are:

  • animals
  • babies

Other great photos include:

  • Relaxing locations
  • Tropical beaches
  • Funny but tasteful photos
  • Nature shots

Do You...

Do You Use Facebook to Spread Positive Thoughts?

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Your Influence

With so much negativity already in the world, try doing your part to keep up the power of the positive. You can positively influence other people through your presence on Facebook. Send a Friend a "just because" message or post an inspirational quote. Post a picture of a beautiful Hawaiian beach or share the great article your Friend wrote yesterday.

Acknowledge your Facebook Friends with a cheerful presence and your positive thinking will likely rub off on other people. Now go log on to Facebook and create some more smiles out there!

©2013 Christy Birmingham


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    • PoetwoPoem profile image

      Rudy Lopez 

      2 years ago from Dallas

      Christy, I really liked your hub so I shared it on all my sites. Thank you for sharing this valued information.

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      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thanks for your wonderful hub Christy. A positive attitude always wins, even on Facebook. :)

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      Christina M. Castro 

      5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thanks for sharing your positive support for Facebook. I am quite pleased to say that Facebook is satisfying for the most part. i have had only maybe 2 experiences in the past two years there where I did not like someones' comments. I like to share and encourage and support whenever I can, and I have even made totally new friends from other places that I have secure conversations with on a regular basis.

      Thank you for sharing this hub, Christy.

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      Dana Strang 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      LOVE THIS! My positive facebook friends (like you) have been such a wonderful source of support and uncouragement. I agree that just a line or two from a friend can be such a boost! The oppisite is true too. I have unfreinded/blocked people on FB for being "downers". It is one thing to debate and disagree, but being persistently negative is no way to be. I won't let anybody steal my joy!

      Luv ya! HUGS!

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      Lynn Abate-Johnson 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the great post, and practical tips, Christy!! Love this kind of message. the world needs more of what you are dishing out!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips and you're always so positive on FB. I enjoy what you post.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Samith, thanks for the vote of confidence! Yes, Facebook is a popular place to share a lot of different content!

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      Samith Jhon 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great information & very Interesting hub.Facebook is now become a major source to share you thoughts and ideas.Great work keep it up.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks so much everyone for the positively positive comments! :)) Thanks for taking the time to read, comment, and share this one - I think the message is important for online communications.

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      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Loved this hub! Such great ideas on how to be more positive and thoughtful.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thanks for this inspiring, uplifting write. As a FB user I know how inconstant I can be in the comment and like and message departments! I need to do more and must find the time to hone my FB skills.

      Your hub is pure positive energy and that has to be a good thing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Christy for a very positive hub! My #1 rule on Facebook is "if I have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all" there is really no purpose in being a negative nellie.

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      5 years ago

      I am in agreement with Dianna... don't want to get into trouble. Great piece; very positive and wonderful like you!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Great advice, Christy. I need to keep this posted so that I don't get into trouble. Always learn something from your posts. Voted up and shared.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Karen for the great comment and share too!

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago

      uplifting and informative and well-written. What else could a reader ask for? Very well done, Christy!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks rcrumple! I think that if we are positive and send out vibes of optimism, then that is what is returned to us. I think there is already too much negativity in the world and we do not need to add to it. Take care!

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      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Loved this! Wouldn't it be nice if everyone would follow it? What would the world be like if we all gave out positive vibes instead of negative? Unfortunately, it's something we may never know! Great Job!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks buddy! I appreciate the share and support.

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      6 years ago

      Just shared it with my facebook (of course!) Excellent source of information, Christy :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Mel, Keep up the positivity :) I am not sure about the formats, I believe HubPages is revising some of them and getting feedback along the way.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Great tips here, and ones that I practice often! Thanks for sharing :)

      P.S - Also not a huge fan of this format - I hope they change it back soon!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Dawnemars, Facebook is receiving competition now with Twitter and Google+ on the rise. Thanks for your comment and for spreading more positivity!

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      6 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

      Great hub. I do not use Facebook as much as I should. Thanks for the tips Christy! Voted useful. A positive message is what we all need.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc, the hub is part of the new format for the hubs. I commented in the forums that there should be sharing buttons added to them. I hope that happens soon, we'll see. I do hope the hub reminds people that there really are enough internet trolls out there and that positive feedback is a good thing to spread. Thanks buddy!

      @Deb, You are spreading kindness both here and on Facebook :) Fantastic to hear! Thanks for the comment.

      @Tom, The use of songs is a great idea. Thanks for bringing the concept to the table! Keep on smiling :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Sooner, I for one do use these techniques. I believe the little things that make people smile can amount to quite a difference in the days of others! Thanks for coming by to read and be positive with me.

      @jaswinder, Thanks for the comment :)

      @billybuc, I sent HubPages an email and commented in the forum about the new format for the tech hubs. I do not think the format benefits the look of the hubs. We will see what happens. Thanks for stopping by and for being your wonderful positive self!

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Me no see no Like button, Christy! No share buttons, either...

      Great hub! Maybe now people will start being nice on FaceBook!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Nice hub, Christy. Facebook has a lot of potential for doing good. I'm involved with a couple of non-profits and Facebook has been a great way to spread the word about fundraisers and other events.

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      Tom Vogler 

      6 years ago from The Shenandoah Valley

      I used Facebook this morning to give one of my dearest friends a virtual good morning hug. It made her day and we had a great chat before she started work. I also use Facebook to "dedicate" songs to a few friends to share my feelings. They really like it.

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      6 years ago

      New format I see. Interesting hub. I think Facebook has amazing potential. It's too bad more people don't take advantage of opportunities like this!

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Informative article. You are right, good comments, good pictures, can give someone smile. Thanks for sharing this valuable informtion.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What's up with this new format? I hate it!!!! How's that for a positive comment?

      Loved this hub, Christy, and since I am one of your Facebook friends I can attest to the fact that you practice what you preach. Now if only HubPages would go back to the old format I would be happy!

      Great job my friend!


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