How can you make the most of your self-discovery journey? What resources can help you to stay motivated in these tough times? We think that the Web sites below are worth a look because they capture important ideas that can help nourish the spirit. Have fun exploring them and finding ones of your own – we did!
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
Head to TED for talks on an amazing range of topics that listeners have classified as “persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful, funny and informative.” Challenging, honest, and engaging, these talks provide models of being comfortable being yourself (e.g., “Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs”).
Teaching the World to Focus on the Good: Articles and Publications
For ideas on deepening your self-discovery process, take a look at these articles by the author of Happier, Tal Ben Shahar, on topics ranging from making and keeping our commitments – “Integrity, words, and self” – to being in touch with all of our emotions – “Permission to Feel.”
Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor
Since we all need reminders to see the lighter side of life, check out this page on the benefits of humor with suggestions on how to bring more of laughter into your life, how to take yourself less seriously and how humor can help you deal with life’s problems more creatively.
American Heart Association
Getting and staying healthy is so important. This site is packed with factual, easy to understand tips on doing just that, not only for those with cardiovascular related problems, but for caregivers, and for anyone who wants to live healthier. From fact sheets, health quizzes, and tools for caregivers of all kinds – including a list of Caregiver Rights, this site will enable you to take better care yourself and those you love.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
How do we make a positive difference in the world and how do we recognize what is right and what is wrong for us? The stories and interviews on this site focus on exactly these questions and challenge us to reflect on our beliefs as well as inspire us to be better people.
NASA News Topics: Solar System
This site is chock full of stunning photographs and fascinating information about our planet, solar system, and universe. Viewing things from a larger perspective can help us see our existence in a new light and reminds us that our home and place in the universe is so much more amazing and beautiful than we realize on a day-to-day basis.
We hope that these selections help you maintain your momentum as you navigate your own path of self-discovery and that the information they provide encourages you to try out new approaches in order to give your life renewed purpose.
Self-Discovery Tool Number 11
Where do you turn when you need a lift? What makes you smile and feel grateful to be alive? Commit to seeking out a least one person or resource this week that enriches and enlivens your perspective as well as gives you a greater sense of happiness.