In a world of Trump, terror and fitspo accounts that only seem to batter rather than better your body confidence, Instagram can be a bit of a miserable place.
One account is trying to change that.
@tanksgoodnews is an Instagram account dedicated to instantly improving your feed and your mood. Every single post features a “good news” story, showcasing human resilience, kindness and lots of happy animals.
Like this smiling donkey who was rescued from a flood.
And this brilliant emergency services worker who deserves his own statue.
It’s created by George Resch, who also runs the hugely popular meme account @tank.sinatra which has over 1.2 million followers.
He started the account two weeks ago to shine a light on the good news stories coming out the horror of Hurricane Harvey in the US. He already has almost 200,000 followers.
“I started this account in an attempt to counteract and neutralize all the toxic information being pushed on us all day, everyday, for the sake of ratings,” Resch told V Magazine.
“I want to fill a void and create a platform where people can come to read about and see the amazing things going on in the world each and every day. I truly believe the world and its people are filled with way more bad than good.”
It’s an account people are already responding too.
“I love this new account you have. Thank you for making this and posting so much good news in the midst of everything,” wrote one follower, while another added,”This account is what I needed!”
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