Now I'm sure you don't need me to tell you this, but it looks like we're living in some difficult times. I know I've felt downtrodden. Which reminds me how vitally important self-care is, for all of us struggling through life, the world, and sometimes just simple "adult-ing." And while I'm all for mindless Netflix-ing and chilling, I really appreciate being uplifted by things with significance beyond "this is fun." That's what this list is all about. Spreading silver linings of substance.
Conscious is a magazine that explores how innovative ideas and creative solutions are used to create impact around the globe. They have an active online blog in addition to the print magazine, and I'm constantly inspired by the quote graphics they post on Facebook.
Try this article: 8 Social Good Apps That Will Empower Your Day
GOOD is a global media brand and social impact company. Their mission is to help people and organizations be forces for good. I remember one of the first articles I read of theirs was about a soccer ball redesigned to generate electricity. I signed up for The Daily GOOD email list pretty much immediately.
Try this article: Lady Liberty Coin Will Feature The Face of a Black Woman For First Time
Upworthy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. They believe that stories about important issues can and should be great stories — stories for everyone, stories that connect us and sometimes even change the world. I see Upworthy articles here and there and they never disappoint.
Try this article: How one man revolutionized teaching by trusting kids to teach themselves
Great Big Story
A video network dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing. I find A Great Big Story particularly cool because it's all short (a few mins) videos. Really high-quality, beautifully done videos. I discovered this recently and I think it's the start of something wonderful.
Try this video: This ‘Melanin Goddess’ is Redefining Mainstream Beauty Standards
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). You've probably heard about TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design, btw), but in case you haven't gotten into it yet, now's a great time. They have talks on just about everything, seriously.
Try this video: Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley (Hilarious, in addition to being smart)
What lifts you up when you're feeling down? Tell me in the comments below! ☀️️