After the fun and excitement of Thanksgiving and Halloween has come and gone, and Christmas seems like an eternity away, there’s just not much to look forward to in November. This is about the time that I start looking for some inspiration to help lift my spirits. Here are a few of my favourite sources of inspiration that might just give you the boost you need to take on the November blues.
TED Talks are one of my go-to tools for inspiration. With its tagline “ideas worth spreading,” TED is nonprofit organization that hosts conferences around the world featuring presentations from speakers across a wide range of disciplines and expertise. These talks are available for free online, including an entire section of talks on happiness.
Here are some of my favourites for you to check out:
At 20 years old he dropped out of school and became a monk. Through that experience he learned how to appreciate the present moment. Talk about inspiring!
Not only is this talk hilarious, it also offers some really interesting thoughts on the power of positivity. Check it out and see if you’re ready to start changing your thinking.
This talk focuses on the fascinating link between body language and happiness. Be sure to watch the end where she drops one of the most inspiring mantras on you: fake it until you become it!
Okay, so her show might be off the air and I might not exactly be her demographic, but Oprah is very much the inspiration for this blog. After stumbling upon some old copies of O magazine I quickly devoured the content that focused on living your best life. Every magazine is filled with tricks and tips for living healthier, happier lives. I especially like the posts from her resident sociologist, Dr. Martha Beck. I find myself regularly cutting quotes, pictures and entire articles out of O to save in my happy journal.
The Great Outdoors
A few weeks ago I talked about the connection between nature and happiness. For me, nature is also a major source of inspiration. When I take the time to unplug from the world, get outside and walk an amazing thing happens. My head just fills with ideas! There’s something about being outside that gives you the perspective you need to start thinking creatively.
Your Happy Challenge
Give yourself a dose of inspiration this week by checking out one of my favourite sources of inspiration. Set aside an hour and see if you can break free from the November blues and get those creative juices flowing.
What are your main sources of inspiration? Share your thoughts!