Monday, August 30, 2010

Treat Yourself and Let It Grow: Feel Good Websites

With all the hustle and bustle women and men come in contact with each day, it's important for us to take the time to de-stress, renew and spend a few moments with ourselves to regain our perspective, decide who we are, what we want to accomplish and create our lives purposefully.  Here's a little help reconnecting.


Learn:  about some of the most eco-conscious iPhone apps
Check Out:  the charity and volunteer guides
Discover:  work-at-home opportunities that might actually work

What do you want to do today? This site will help you figure it out, with links to possibilities in categories as wide-ranging as "Change the World," "See the World," "Go Green," "Cook and Entertain" and "Nourish Mind and Body."  You can also drop in on interviews with inspiring people, courtesy of the video links at Inspiration Lounge TV.


Learn:  how to set realistic, achievable goals
Check Out:  what others have found about being happy
Discover:  that you've actually acquired a lot of wisdom on the road to adulthood

The offshoot of Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun (Harper, 2009) is the perfect place for igniting ideas, organizing tasks and getting more aggressive about whatever it is you deem most important.  Post your own resolutions or get inspried by other members' first.  No matter which of the eight tools you choose, you'll have just what you need to construct a virtual shrine to your own well-being.


Learn:  how and why to become a morning person
Check Out: 20 ways to get or stay motivated
Discover:  what to do if you're in a slump

Ready, set, simplify!  The thrice-weekly posts from writer/runner/vegan Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life (Hyperion, 2008), along with an eclectic array of guest bloggers, offer indispensible advice on cutting out chaos and streamlining everything from your fitness goals to your family life.


Learn:  about proper escalator etiquette
Check Out: The Book of Awesome (AEB/Putnam, 2010), the book based on the blog
Discover:  a truly delightful way to filter spam

It's the blog that launched a multimillion smiles, with regular posts about the minutiae of everday life - from "high-fiving babies" to "wordless apologies."  Toronto-based human resources worker Neil Pasricha launched the site to create an escape from the bad news of the world and remind us that there are plenty of reasons to feel good. Come up with your own list of things that make you go ahhh!

The offerings and excerpts above were taken from Vivify's May/June 2010 edition as written by Alexa Joy Sherman.  The offering below is a personal inspiration of my own and one I'd like to share with all of you.


I've introduced you to this diverse group of influential and inspirational men and women before.  You know them.  Among them: Richard Branson (Virgin empire), Peter Gabriel (singer/songwriter/musician/genius ... ok, so that last descriptor is mine, but he certainly is), the two men along with Nelson Mandela are the founding entities of The Elders and since their original conversation years ago they've grown to include Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt and others.

The story of The Elders (aka The Global Elders) started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was a simple one. In an increasingly interdependent world – a global village – could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

"The Elders can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. They will reach out to those who most need their help. They will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair." Nelson Mandela.


So there's a good bit here to get you started and then some.  Hope you find these sites as enjoyable, refreshing and inspirational as I do. Enjoy! xo

images/source: Vivify (May/June); The Elders

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