I had every intention of reading a bit of Richard Bach’s Illusions for today’s inspiration. It’s a charming little book with lovely quotes sprinkled through it, like:
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.
But I’d set it aside, intending to do a few things first, when I ran across this article about a “food for thought” jar linked from Daily Good. There are a couple more articles on the similar “joy jar” concept also on Daily Good. I love this idea, and now I’m contemplating how to incorporate it into my own life.
Today I’m looking to boost my mood with inspiring stories or ideas. One of my favorite places to go for this is The Daily Good, which is conveniently dedicated to this very concept.
I’ve also found that I can sometimes get stories from other people. If I feel open enough with someone, it’s possible to introduce into the conversation a request like “I need some good news to counter-balance all the bad news I’ve heard lately. What’s a happy story you’ve heard recently?” This has the added advantage of involving connection as well.
Today my favorite inspiration was this video from Denmark.
It’s easy to read or hear about negative things – the news is full of them. And thanks to our negativity bias, those are the things that tend to grab our attention. Sometimes I need to remind myself to look for inspiring and uplifting stories as well. Today let’s set time aside to do just that.
One good source for inspiring stories is Daily Good. The “everyday heroes” section in particular always has something to restore my faith in humanity. Or I might revisit an old favorite book; despite not being Buddhist, I enjoy the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh. There are also plenty of inspiring TED talks out there. Whatever your preference, book or video, old or new, find something today that inspires you. Then savor it.