The day Instagram made it possible for us to follow hashtags may have marked one of their smartest business decisions to date. More than anything else, hashtags are meant to bring together the community of Instagrammers. Many people use hashtags to simply bring attention to their accounts or gain followers, but they also can create a community of like-minded individuals who see the world similarly.
Here are five hashtags to follow (and use) to make your feed a celebration of beauty.
The “beauty in the common” hashtag was started by an account of the same name. The account description states, “In the rush of life we LOOK AT much but SEE so little.” The idea is to see beauty in small and humble moments that may seem insignificant, but are beautiful in the eye of the beholder. The photos found under the hashtag follow just that theme, and it is a beautiful collection of images of day-to-day life.
This hashtag is a perfect example of social media being used to shy away from an overly engaged and wired lifestyle. Under this hashtag, one can find modern day still lifes and a sense of yearning for a simpler time.
Behold, all ye romantic of heart, this hashtag is for you. Started by avid reader Sophie Caldecott, it’s meant for “moments that make you feel like you have stepped back in time to a more genteel past.” Sophie regularly looks through the snaps shared with the hashtag and loves to share her favorites through her personal account.
“Embracing the seasons” is a celebration of natural beauty brought about by color and temperature changes and weather uncertainties. With fall on the horizon, this hashtag should experience an uptick in posts that explore the warmth and beauty of the season.
Images in the “that velvet feeling” hashtag invoke a sense of richness and warmth: warm colors, warm moments, and the richness of life. It’s easy to get lost in the diverse feed that features anything from flowers to animals to modern art.
Instagram doesn’t have to be a mindless social media trap where we lose ourselves to dissatisfaction and unhealthy aspirations. Used with intent, it can be a place to find and celebrate the beauty of life and all it has to offer.