I think it’s unfortunate that the news and media we see most is often saddening. There are always new studies promoting positive psychology (like this one I found with a quick google), usually saying something like “people who are experiencing joy or contentment are able to think more broadly and creatively, accepting a wider variety of possible actions, than people with negative emotions.”
Trying to do my part, here are some happy, inspirational, awesome things I’ve seen recently.
We’ll start light: A puppy who hasn’t quite figured out how to catch.
Next, Soul Pancake.
They’re the Youtube channel that brought the viral Kid President video, and seem to deal in spreading happiness.
In the first one, two strangers sit in a ball pit and discuss some of life’s big questions with each other.
In this one, well. It’s a Heart Attack, but not how we think of the phrase. What I love about these two videos is the idea that you don’t need a reason to be kind to people.
For those lovers of music, especially the flavors of piano or Billy Joel, there’s this: About 15 seconds in, a young man steps up to the mic and asks to accompany Billy Joel in “A New York State of Mind”.
And last, a couple of quotes that I’ve stumbled upon recently. These aren’t entirely happy, but they’ll at least make you think a little.
“Make everything you do worth it. You are trading a day of your life for it.” – ?
“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.” – Commander Chris Hadfield (Astronaut)
For this one, told in comic form, head over to Zen Pencils (Thanks, Nick)