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10 Facebook Pages That Can Enrich Your Day

10 Facebook Pages That Can Enrich Your Day

When regarding Facebook ‘enriching’ and ‘mind-broadening’ probably aren’t two thoughts that come to mind. ‘Addictive’ or ‘annoying’ are probably more likely. However, even Facebook can be changed into a positive experience. Jordan Bates of Refine The Mind shares 10 helpful, interesting, mind opening pages you can follow so you can gain some insightful knowledge between reading about what your friends have eaten for dinner:

Facebook is often an immense black hole of trivial rubbish and mind-numbing drivel.

But that doesn’t stop us from using it all the time (well, me and about a billion other people). Certainly much good has come from the birth of this social media giant, but it’s also important to keep in mind that the site is highly addicting (internet equivalent of crack, I’d say) and often a counterproductive time-suck.

I wanted to be sure that I prefaced this post by cautioning against overuse of Facebook. I’ve failed miserably at this many times, but I’m getting better.

Try to set a limit on how much time you spend on Facebook each day (the Chrome add-on ‘Web Timer and the apps ‘Cold Turkey for Windows or ‘SelfControl for Mac can help). Only open the site with a purpose in mind, not just to gape endlessly at your friends’ latest beach pics and banal musings.

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Beyond using Facebook as little as possible, which I believe should be our goal, you can do a couple things to lessen the amount of pointless garbage you soak in while using it every day.

Although time spent on Facebook can never replace time spent on more wholesome activities – say, reading a book or meditating – it is possible to transform those hours we all spend on Facebook into something positive and even enriching.

For starters, ‘unfollow the posts of anyone from your newsfeed who isn’t either a close relation/loved one or a source of pertinent/stimulating content. This is huge. I’ve literally hidden hundreds of “friends”, probably 95% of the people I’m connected to on Facebook (sorry guys).

Second, ‘like’ pages that post excellent, mind-broadening content. Beware: ‘Liking’ too many such pages could turn your newsfeed into an over-saturated billboard of watered-down “wisdom”. However, if you pick and choose wisely, you’ll find that many pages post consistently thought-provoking, eye-opening stuff.

10 Mind-Broadening Facebook Pages

Consider “liking” a few of the following 10 pages, which I consider to be top-notch:

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1. Give a Shit About Nature

When it comes to content related to environmental awareness, appreciation, and activism, Give a Shit About Nature really nails it. Furthermore, the page’s admin practices what he preaches, working on various philanthropic projects. He recently planted 25,000 trees after running a campaign on his page.

2. The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

Though I don’t actually listen to Joe’s podcasts, I’ve found this page to be quite good. It’s one of those pages that’s sort of a cross-disciplinary interestingness digest. Content on this page relates to the environment, health, science, free-thinking, and personal development, among other things.

3. High Existence

HighExistence.com became one of my favorite websites a while ago (I’ve even written for them.). The site has a Facebook page that posts more unique content for users to enjoy. The folks at High Existence post everything related to following your bliss, changing the world, personal growth, and more.

4. The Other 98%

The Other 98% is a page primarily dedicated to social activism, progress, and change. It focuses on promoting equal rights, denouncing corporate and political corruption, and highlighting the oppression that still exists in myriad forms in our societies.

5. Philosophy ( philo- “loving” + sophia “knowledge”)

This is a great page if you’re someone who, like me, is really into pithy, well-worded gems of wisdom and aphorisms for the ages. The page is solely dedicated to curating powerful quotes, and nearly all of them are quite good.

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6. Over Grow the System

If you’re interested in learning more about the modern environmental crises, sustainable, healthy living, and ways to be “greener” in your daily life, you can’t go wrong “liking” this page. It’s brilliant.

7. How Bout Some Real Fucking News

This page is precisely what it sounds like — a source dedicated to bringing you real, important news, unlike the vast majority of news media outlets in the world. The folks here consistently deliver worthwhile content.

8. Being Liberal

Let me start by saying that I’m not in favor of our bipartisan political system and don’t believe in labeling myself a liberal or conservative. However, if “being liberal” means supporting equal rights and hating all forms of oppression, then yes, call me a liberal. This page posts consistently insightful and often humorous content related to social equality and ways to improve the system.

9. Pantheism

Richard Dawkins once described Pantheism as “sexed-up atheism”. Basically, Pantheists believe that the extraordinary order and wondrous beauty of the universe warrants a deep reverence for all of existence. It is a religious stance that is not at odds with any scientific finding. I myself am a pantheist. The curators of this Pantheism page do an excellent job of collecting content that highlights the sublimity of nature and encourages us to grow in love and appreciation for the awe-inspiring mystery of life.

10. Refine The Mind

And, finally, feel encouraged to ‘like’ the page of this site as well. My page is filled with philosophical excerpts, inspiring images and quotes, environmentally conscious content, powerful aphorisms, literature and creativity-related insights, links to intriguing/important reads, and more.

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Note: Facebook’s latest algorithms will hide the content of pages that you follow from your newsfeed. To see more or all of what any of these pages post, you must either add them to an Interest List or “like” their content consistently.

Concluding Thoughts

I hope some of these pages appeal to you. I also hope that I’ve convinced you to use Facebook less and make better use of the time you do spend residing in its oft-devious clutches.

Also, if you eventually decide that Facebook just isn’t for you, that you cannot use it responsibly, WikiHow has an excellent article on ideas/tips for quitting the site.

Here’s to using the Internet as the amazing tool for world betterment that it can be, not as another flashy means of passing the time. Take care, friends.

Jordan Bates is an English teacher in Busan, South Korea. He’s a tenacious fellow who enjoys longboarding, creative writing, hip-hop music, and the study of literature and philosophy. He’s also made it his quest to broaden the minds of others while cultivating more kindness and understanding in the world. You should check out his website Refine The Mind, where he writes about shifting the status quo and the power of a loving perspective.

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How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

They say we are the average of the five persons we spend the most time with. For a minute, consider the people around you. Are they truly who your “tribe” should be or who you aspire to become in the future? Are they really genuine people who want to see you succeed? Or are they fake people who don’t really want to see you happy?

In this article, I’ll review why it is important to surround yourself with genuine individuals—the ones who care, bring something to our table, and first and foremost, who leave all fakeness behind.

How to Spot Fake People?

When you’ve been working in the helping professions for a while, spotting fake people gets a bit easier. There are some very clear signs that the person you are looking at is hiding something, acting somehow, or simply wanting to get somewhere. Most often, there is a secondary gain—perhaps attention, sympathy, or even a promotion.

Whatever it is, you’re better off working their true agenda and staying the hell away. Here are some things you should look out for to help spot fake people.

1. Full of Themselves

Fake people like to show off. They love looking at themselves in the mirror. They collect photos and videos of every single achievement they had and every part of their body and claim to be the “best at what they do.”

Most of these people are actually not that good in real life. But they act like they are and ensure that they appear better than the next person. The issue for you is that you may find yourself always feeling “beneath” them and irritated at their constant need to be in the spotlight.

2. Murky in Expressing Their Emotions

Have you ever tried having a deep and meaningful conversation with a fake person? It’s almost impossible. It’s because they have limited emotional intelligence and don’t know how they truly feel deep down—and partly because they don’t want to have their true emotions exposed, no matter how normal these might be.

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It’s much harder to say “I’m the best at what I do” while simultaneously sharing “average” emotions with “equal” people.

3. Zero Self-Reflection

To grow, we must accept feedback from others. We must be open to our strengths and to our weaknesses. We must accept that we all come in different shapes and can always improve.

Self-reflection requires us to think, forgive, admit fault, and learn from our mistakes. But to do that, we have to be able to adopt a level of genuineness and depth that fake people don’t routinely have. A fake person generally never apologizes, but when they do, it is often followed with a “but” in the next breath.

4. Unrealistic Perceptions

Fake people most often have an unrealistic perception of the world—things that they want to portray to others (pseudo achievements, materialistic gains, or a made-up sense of happiness) or simply how they genuinely regard life outside themselves.

A lot of fake people hide pain, shame, and other underlying reasons in their behavior. This could explain why they can’t be authentic and/or have difficulties seeing their environment for the way it objectively is (both good and bad).

5. Love Attention

As I mentioned earlier, the biggest sign that something isn’t quite right with someone’s behavior can be established by how much they love attention. Are you being interrupted every time you speak by someone who wants to make sure that the spotlight gets reverted back to them? Is the focus always on them, no matter the topic? If yes, you’re probably dealing with a fake person.

6. People Pleaser

Appreciation feels nice but having everyone like you is even better. While it is completely unrealistic for most people to please everyone all the time, fake people seem to always say yes in pursuit of constant approval.

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Now, this is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, these people are simply saying yes to things for their own satisfaction. Secondly, they often end up changing their minds or retracting their offer for one reason or another (“I would have loved to, but my grandmother suddenly fell ill.”), leaving you in the lurch for the 100th time this year.

7. Sarcasm and Cynicism

Behind the chronic pasted smile, fake people are well known for brewing resentment, jealousy, or anger. This is because, behind the postcard life, they are often unhappy. Sarcasm and cynicism are well known to act as a defense mechanism, sometimes even a diversion—anything so they can remain feeling on top of the world, whether it is through boosting themselves or bringing people down.

8. Crappy friend

Fake people are bad friends. They don’t listen to you, your feelings, and whatever news you might have to share. In fact, you might find yourself migrating away from them when you have exciting or bad news to share, knowing that it will always end up one way—their way. In addition, you might find that they’re not available when you truly need them or worse, cancel plans at the last minute.

It’s not unusual to hear that a fake person talks constantly behind people’s backs. Let’s be honest, if they do it to others, they’re doing it to you too. If your “friend” makes you feel bad constantly, trust me, they’re not achieving their purpose, and they’re simply not a good person to have around.

The sooner you learn to spot these fake people, the sooner you can meet meaningful individuals again.

How to Cope With Fake People Moving Forward?

It is important to remind yourself that you deserve more than what you’re getting. You are worthy, valuable, precious, and just as important as the next person.

There are many ways to manage fake people. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.

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1. Boundaries

Keep your boundaries very clear. As explained in the book Unlock Your Resilience, boundaries are what keep you sane when the world tries to suffocate you. When fake people become emotional vampires, make sure to keep your distances, limit contact, and simply replace them with more valuable interactions.

2. Don’t Take Their Behavior Personally

Sadly, they most likely have behaved this way before they knew you and will continue much longer after you have moved on. It isn’t about you. It is about their inner need to meet a void that you are not responsible for. And in all honesty, unless you are a trained professional, you are unlikely to improve it anyway.

3. Be Upfront and Honest About How You Feel

If your “friend” has been hurtful or engaged in behaviors you struggle with, let them know—nicely, firmly, however you want, but let them know that they are affecting you. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, you’ll feel better and when you’re ready to move on, you’ll know you tried to reach out. Your conscience is clear.

4. Ask for Advice

If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing or feeling, ask for advice. Perhaps a relative, a good friend, or a colleague might have some input as to whether you are overreacting or seeing some genuine concerns.

Now, don’t confuse asking for advice with gossiping behind the fake person’s back because, in the end, you don’t want to stoop down to their level. However, a little reminder as to how to stay on your own wellness track can never hurt.

5. Dig Deeper

Now, this one, I offer with caution. If you are emotionally strong, up to it, guaranteed you won’t get sucked into it, and have the skills to manage, perhaps you could dig into the reasons a fake person is acting the way they do.

Have they suffered recent trauma? Have they been rejected all their lives? Is their self-esteem so low that they must resort to making themselves feel good in any way they can? Sometimes, having an understanding of a person’s behavior can help in processing it.

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6. Practice Self-Care!

Clearly, putting some distance between the fake person and yourself is probably the way to go. However, sometimes, it takes time to get there. In the meantime, make sure to practice self-care, be gentle with yourself, and compensate with lots of positives!

Self-care can be as simple as taking a hot shower after talking to them or declining an invitation when you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

Spotting fake people isn’t too hard. They generally glow with wanna-be vibes. However, most often, there are reasons as to why they are like this. Calling their behavior might be the first step. Providing them with support might be the second. But if these don’t work, it’s time to stay away and surround yourself with the positivity that you deserve.

Final Thoughts

Remember that life is a rollercoaster. It has good moments, tough moments, and moments you wouldn’t change for the world. So, look around and make sure that you take the time to choose the right people to share it all with.

We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so take a good look around and choose wisely!

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