If you’re like most people, today will probably include at least one scroll through Instagram. While it’s a habit for many of us, it’s no secret that getting caught up in social media often comes with a negative consequences — namely in the impact it can have on our mental health and stress. But one remedy for that is being more mindful about which accounts we choose to follow.

To help you infuse your scrolling with more positive energy, we pulled together a few Instagram accounts that double as a “feel good filter” for your entire feed:

@notengaged

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4I3Iv5lLoR/

New Yorker Mary McCarthy’s Instagram account is a celebration, well, not engaged. Her feed, filled with parodies and ringless hand selfies, is amazing. She says she got the idea for the account after coming home from a friend’s engagement party, and the result is both relatable and hilarious.

@tasteofstreep

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtGxwWlhVwJ/

Have you ever tried to imagine Meryl Streep swimming in a martini? Or sandwiched in between a PB&J? Or lounging on a cronut? Probably not. But Samantha Raye — who got the creative idea for this account — lets her imagination run wild, to the benefit of anyone who needs a mid-day laugh. You’ll gain a new appreciation for everyone’s favorite actress, and for the power of photoshop. 

@halloweenmagick

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4FuvBGlmNW/

We know Halloween only happens once a year, but if you wished pumpkin-lined doorsteps and all things fall would stick around forever, you’ll love this account. This feed gives you all the Halloween feels — and inspiration for your next costume.

@bertiebertthepom

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvDEYtWhUIm/

OK, we know there are a lot of adorable pet accounts out there, but hear us out: Bertram is a New York City Pomeranian, and each photo of him is nothing short of adorable. From his signature bow tie to his bathtime footage, Bertie’s cuteness can make anyone’s day brighter.

@satisfying.video

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGspv8zzK_C/

You know those strangely satisfying videos of someone’s hands massaging a big pile of slime? Or pouring paint onto a spinning canvas? Or perfectly chopping an apple into tiny equally-sized slices? This account is filled with them, and it’s both mesmerizing and so relaxing. Whether you need a quick stress-reliever during the workday or something calming to look at before bed, this account is worth your follow.

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Author(s)

  • Rebecca Muller

    Senior Editor and Community Manager

    Thrive

    Rebecca Muller Feintuch is the Senior Editor and Community Manager at Thrive. Her previous work experience includes roles in editorial and digital journalism. Rebecca is passionate about storytelling, creating meaningful connections, and prioritizing mental health and self-care. She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Media, Culture and Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. For her undergraduate thesis, she researched the relationship between women and fitness media consumerism.