21 Blogs That Can Help You Live a Happier Life
Bold Statement? We all know that you, and only you, can make yourself happier. So why bother following these 21 blogs for ideas on how to live a more inspired and happier life?
Read on my good friend…
We all need a little inspiration now and again, right? – Anything great we’ve ever achieved in our lives, there was one crucial prerequisite – inspiration.
Inspiration puts fire in your heart, generates waves of energy that propel you to take massive action and help you cross that finish line (whatever that finish line may be – publishing that awesome blog post, completing that 10k Marathon, or running your very own kickstarter campaign)…
So receiving positive bursts of inspirational information on how to live a happier life that is actionable, backed with the latest research, and generates ideas to synthesize and experiment with-in your own life can only be a win, right?
“When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.” ~ Sigmund Freud [Tweet This]
In her groundbreaking research, Sonja Lyubomirsky found that our level of happiness depends – 50% on our genetics, 10% on circumstances and 40% on our intentional activities. It’s the 40 percent within our control – we are are honing in on here.
Being inspired and happier is both a choice and a lifelong endeavor.
One of Dr. Lyubomirsky’s “Happiness Activities” is ‘Be Optimistic’ – now consuming news has proven to be bad for your mental well being and being optimistic in the face of a constant barrage of negativity is difficult to achieve…
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather read blogs that share information that uplifts, educates and informs me on how to lead a happier life, rather than follow the news (if it bleeds it leads). With that – here are 21 Blogs I recommend that can help you live a more inspired and happier life.
- What should you eat to be happier and more attractive?
- Which old sayings are true and which are false?
Jason is is a futurist, filmmaker, and epiphany addict. His videos are mouth watering ‘shots of philosophical espresso‘ that inspire people with awe and wonder, and spark conversation within the greater “marketplace of ideas” – his inspirational work has been featured at TED, The Economist Ideas Economy Conference in Innovation, and at the PSFK Conference.
The Happiness Project is run by Gretchen Rubin – an American author and blogger. She is the author of the best selling 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 – the blog covers her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier.
18. Brain Pickings
Informationista Maria Popova curates the ridiculously awesome Brain Pickings – an eclectic blog of interestingness from culture’s collective brain. If you enjoy this blog (you will) – you should also check out http://exp.lore.com/ – A discovery engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity (also edited by Maria).
- Why I Write: George Orwell’s Four Motives for Creation
- What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose
Dave Asprey runs the Bulletproof Exec – a blog that covers bio-hacking, nutrition and performance. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise. The Financial Times calls him a “bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation.” If you are looking for actionable steps on how to upgrade your life – this blog is for you.
15. Work Awesome
Work accounts for a significant amount of your time on this planet – so it’s probably a good idea for you to be awesome while doing it. WorkAwesome helps you achieve just that – subscribe to their blog and podcast for life hacks and tips and on how to be productive at work.
14. Marc and Angel
Marc and Angel share practical tips and ideas on life, hacks, productivity, aspirations, health, work, tech and general self improvement.
Motivational memo is run by Peter G. James Sinclair. The goal of the blog is to inspire you to become better, to do better and achieve more in every area of your life! What more do you want?
12. Cal Newport
Cal Newport dives deep into decoding underlying patterns of success on his blog – Study Hacks. Not satisfied with simplistic slogans (e.g., “follow your passion!”) or conventional wisdom – Cal rejects the idea that doing well in school / life requires stressful overwork, and instead promotes a philosophy of simplicity: do less, but do what you do much better.
- If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers
- Flow is the Opiate of the Mediocre: Advice on Getting Better from an Accomplished Piano Player
11. Dumb Little Man
Dumb Little Man has been sharing tips that will save you money, increase your productivity, and simply keep you sane since 2006. Still going strong – its one of the best lifestyle design blogs out there!
- 10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein
- 14 Action Inducing Lessons from Benjamin Franklin
OK, Reddit’s not technically a blog – but it’s too good of a resource to not include. This sub reddit is a curation of motivation – through pictures, videos, text, music, AMA’s, and personal stories. Next Level: /r/GetDisciplined.
- Some unconventional motivation
- When I was struggling to complete my finals at university, I e-mailed Jens Pulver (former UFC champion) asking him for reasons he got up in the morning.
Think Simple Now is a personal development blog with self-reflective stories from real people. Their mission is to empower people to find inner clarity and personal happiness through simple, uplifting, and honest writing.
8. Tiny Buddha
The Tiny Buddha brings you wisdom! Read for wisdom quotes and tips and stories about letting go and letting happiness in.
- Help, I can’t Meditate! (25 Tips for New Meditators)
- The First Rule of Happiness: You Do Not Talk About Happiness
Covers a wide variety of advice including personal productivity, motivation, and self education.
If you would like to reap the benefits of self reflection, this blog is for you. Subcribe to the blog or their email updates and review the questions regularly when you have some quiet time to think. Asking the right questions is the answer…self-reflection is the key to progression, right?
If you want more from life… more happiness or more satisfaction, track the work of Amit Amin – as he breaks down positive psychology and behavior modification research into simple, actionable steps.
Your Life Your Way is a blog run by Tia Sparkles. The blog lays out – how to find your passion, overcome procrastination, follow your dreams and live your life YOUR way, a life of purpose, passion, fun and fulfillment.
- 300. Reasons to be happy. Things to love about your life. NOW.
- 75 of the BEST, Most Inspirational Kickass Quotes on Life, Love, Happiness, Change & Growth.
Mr. Money Mustache is one of the most popular personal finance bloggers online, with over 250 blog posts published on the art of achieving financial freedom through badassity. If you are looking to exit the rat race and gain financial freedom (read – freedom from worry) bookmark this blog – it’s badass.
- What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold?
- A Brief History of the ‘Stash: How we Saved from Zero to Retirement in Nine Years
1. Kratos Guide
The Greek word for power is Kratos. In similar mythology, Kratos was the son of the Titans Pallas and Styx, and he personified the spirit of strength, might, and sovereign rule. He and his brothers Nike (victory), Bia (force), and Zelus (zeal) were the winged enforcers for the father of all gods, Zeus. The blog is dedicated to those seeking that same level of power in every aspect of their life.
Learn, Experiment, Grow: There you go – 21 new sources of information that will help inspire you to lead a more awesome and happier life.
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