Ah, social media — the ever-changing medium that acts as an endless means of communication and analysis on the deepest issues of our culture. While the narrative around social media is largely negative, the best Instagrams to follow recommended by our editors offer an alternative perspective. After all, when we adhere to its intended use, social media can help us share ideas, build connections, and support limitless inspiration.
Of course, depending on its application, social media can also be taxed. Too much time on platforms can generate criticism and criticism. So to weed out the bad vibes, we’re making space for the positive by following the best Instagrams to follow for happiness, laughter and media experiences more socially minded — because we all deserve a little bit of digital fun.
Featured image of Michelle Nash.
The best snaps to follow for a more inspirational feed
JOY is her husband’s shrill 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 – is the video that caught my eye. – Brittany, Creative Marketing Manager
@hellicity_merriman (and any American Girl Doll meme accounts)
Recently, I went through all of my social media followers and narrowed the number from 600 to less than 250. This exercise leaves me satisfied and focused, to say the least. My favorites of those who stay? All the American Girl doll meme accounts make me feel called out with every post.
@hellicity_merriman is an absolute gem. The two best friends who run the account regularly post what they call a “dress scorecard” that reviews all the different outfits of American Girl dolls. They’re nothing short of fun, but they also evoke a certain sense of nostalgia that if you grew up in the ’90s and 2000s, it’s entirely possible to associate with them. (Also, if you want to dig into why these accounts resonate with so many people, read this.) – Isabelle, Managing Editor
Maybe because I grew up in California – and now have roots in Colorado – but I am absolutely fascinated by life in the Northeast. Rudy Jude is an adorable follower, a mother who raised her family in rural Maine while running a clothing business in LA. She shows the sweet, simple and loving life of her family. It’s real but dreamy and a joy to watch. – Edie, Health Contributor
If you like cute, fashionable dogs and people who don’t take themselves too seriously, you’ll love following Jenny. I’ve always been inspired by the way she sees the world, with lots of humor and an appreciation of the beauty in life. Whether it’s a unique spoon, casual but beautiful photos of the street, or a really chic outfit that I never thought would put together. – Nihel, Social Media Manager
Many of us probably know her as the total goofy, lousy assistant on Hacks, but Statler became the main character on Instagram. It’s hard to pick out the biggest hits, but if you get her hit on Che Diaz, a Meg Statler follower is just what your feed needs. – Caitlin, Editor
This is the rare social media account that inspires me to actually pick up the phone and type in her profile name when I need laugh. Start with the child talent staff and prepare to roll – cry half laugh all the way. – Camille, Editor-in-Chief
Memes + animals = my happy place on ‘gram. This account has a bunch of random animal photos, videos, and memes that will make you laugh, smile, and sometimes wonder what in the world you’re looking at. Is that really a bear flipping a burger? – Michelle Nash, Executive Producer
If you like everything healthy but love a good laugh, this is the meme account to follow. Run by two friends, it speaks to the very real concerns of health-obsessed people. Prepare for aphorisms like: nut butter walkway is my therapy, he is 6 years old but wants to talk about magnesium and comment on the indoor bath drink trend. You’ll burst out laughing and feel how relevant all the content is. – Isabelle, Managing Editor