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Be inspired and become inspiring

We can all benefit from reading inspiring stories, listening to inspiring speakers, participating in and contributing to inspirational events. Being inspired uplifts the spirit, creates hope, increases energy and motivation, and even improves quality of life!

inspiration

/ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun

  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
    “Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration”

    synonyms: creativity, inventiveness, innovation, innovativeness, ingenuity, imagination, imaginativeness, originality, individuality, artistry, expressiveness, creative talent, insight, vision, finesse, flair, brilliance.

  2. a sudden brilliant or timely idea.
    “then I had an inspiration”

    synonyms: bright idea, brilliant idea, timely thought, revelation, brainwave, aha moment, brainstorm.

Quick tips for finding inspiration

Inspiration in images

Find inspiration in images

  • Get up early and watch the sun rise. Quiet your mind as you take in its beauty.
  • Go to an art gallery or museum.
  • Connect with nature. Go for a walk. Visit a national park to enjoy the sights, smells and sensations around you.
  • Learn something new. Take a class. Read or watch a tutorial, and give something different a try!
  • Find a quiet room and make a pretend award acceptance speech, complete with grand sweeping gestures. (No one need ever know!)
  • Listen to some music from your formative years. Remember how it spoke to you.
  • Read some inspiring articles, or watch some inspiring videos.
  • Read some poetry or experimental fiction.
  • Look up what new scientific or technological advances people have made recently.

Below is a collection of stories, speakers and other things to look at that you may find inspiring. Please help add to our collection by making some suggestions in the comments section of this page.

Inspirational links

Together we can make a difference is a blog run by Living Well. We post hopeful, inspiring and motivating images and stories weekly (and often daily!). Check it out or contribute some material!

Men’s Anti-Violence Council Blog: A series of relevant, inspiring and entertaining articles.

The Curiosity Blog: Discovery updates regularly with interesting, surprising or fun topics to inspire curiosity about our world.

Media

View a video of interviews from U.S. Senator Scott Brown, CNN’s Don Lemon and 1in6.org

TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Following are a few videos that may inspire you:

The opportunity of adversity

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity – in her case, being born without shinbones – actually opens the door for human potential. Click the thumbnail to watch the video, or read the transcript on the TED website.

 

Why are we happy?

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned. Click the thumbnail to view the video, or read the transcript of the talk.

 

The difference between winning and success

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom. Watch the video below or read the transcript.

 

What adults can learn from kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Read the transcript.

 

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