Every day the media is full of stories about how social media is ruining people’s lives and leaving us all isolated and unable to communicate. But as many people know this is just a small part of the story.

Social media and the digital world is increasingly being used for good things. We can all think of charity campaigns that worked well and attracted public support as well as raising awareness of issues. The key in all this is that social media connects us and gives us broader opportunities.

At the end of March was International Day of Happiness and social media was full of examples of what people had been doing to make someone smile. There are events and activities every week. Also, make a note that it is World Kindness Day on November 13 this year.

In a world of increasing pressures we are all being encouraged to take care of our mental and emotional well-being. Mindfulness is a growing movement and something more people are recognising as important. If that isn’t of interest to you then you might want to check out some of the digital happiness sites and others such as https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ All are making maximum use of digital platforms to encourage people to act in a positive, kind and altruistic way.

Q1) Does social media bring benefits to communities by encouraging people to act?

Q2) What are some examples of where this has happened?

Q3) If social media encourages people to act, does it increase people’s happiness?

Q4) Can businesses and brands make use of the focus on mindfulness, kindness and happiness?

Q5) What can we do to encourage the use of digital platforms for the greater good?

Image credit: Amanda Coleman

Note: This topic, framing post and questions were submitted by Amanda. Find her blog at amandacomms1.wordpress.com and on Twitter @amandacomms.