Everybody wants to be happy. And you can’t be happy without understanding what happiness is. It is defined as “the state of being happy”. But what is being happy? Well, that depends on the person. What makes one happy doesn’t apply to the other. Anyway, there are sites that specifically cater to studying and spreading it. Explore and find your happiness below.
Things To Be Happy About has a unique approach to listing everyday things to be happy about. It presents it in a series of illustrations that are clickable. When clicked, it shows a list of to-dos that I suppose you have to be thankful for. When done, you can refresh it to get new ones. In effect, you stay happy for quite a long time.
After waking up and taking breakfast, I excitedly powered on my PC and guess what’s on my browser? Websites that are brimming with inspiring, funny, and informative content. Why read horrific news when you can jumpstart your day with positive and feel-good stories? Below are excellent sites to bring out the optimism in you.
I stumbled on UpWorthy one day and ever since, not a day passes without me checking the latest content. Its a good source of interesting information, videos and info graphics. Their mission is to “elevate and draw attention to the issues that really matter” through social media. I think they are doing a pretty good job so far.
OnlyGood TV‘s tag line is “Only Good News” and it is. The site content is full of inspiring videos and touching stories that will surely lift your spirits. Huffington Post also has a collection good news topics.
Tumblr has a stream of inspiring and uplifting quotes and images when you search for the “positivity” tag. TheOatMeal is unique as the contents are published in the form of comics, personally and beautifully made by the site owner. Some of the contents are satirical, some outright funny it can put a smile on your face or give you a hearty laugh. Here’s a comic about Nikola Tesla to indulge on.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a good source of out-of-the-box ideas. They invite people who started something revolutionary or have thought provoking ideas or unique talents as speakers so they can share it to the world. The site covers a wide range of topics, from science to Best Free Inspirational Websites, business to global issues. Here’s their YouTube account, with a sample below.
If you think your job sucks, MakeUseOf‘s infographic below says it’s not that bad, haha.
I’ve always thought of volunteering in a faraway and exotic place, doing my share of helping the world. However, I never had the opportunity. If given the chance, I would have applied as a UN Volunteer(UNV). If interested, here are the minimum requirements:
- 25 years old or older.
- University degree or higher technical diploma.
- At least two years of relevant work experience in a professional background.
- Good working knowledge of at least one of these languages: English, French or Spanish.
- Commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Willingness to work with people and local organizations to draw upon the synergies between expert solutions and local knowledge.
- Ability to adjust to difficult living conditions and sometimes remote locations.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Prior volunteering and/or working experience in a developing country is an asset.
Processing of applications is fast, and you can be deployed in just 4-6 weeks. Most assignments last from 6 to 12 months, and the contract is renewable, but the maximum length of service is four years only.
While on duty, UNV supports you with a monthly volunteer living allowance, annual leave, and medical insurance. The allowance depends on the place of assignment. Learn more about UNV.
If interested, apply here.
Another service is VSO International.
I’ll be expanding this collection as I discover more of these types of information, so stay tuned and keep your everyday life on the positive side.
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