Inspiration: Be inspired and become inspiring
We can all benefit from reading inspiring stories, listening to inspiring speakers, participating in and contributing to inspiring events. Being inspired uplifts the spirit, increases energy and motivation, and even improves quality of life!
Some quick ideas
- 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 or visit a national park to enjoy the sights, smells and sensations around you.
- Learn something new. Take a class or read 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.
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.
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.
TED: Ideas worth spreading
TED is a small 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.
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.
On true 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.
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.