School is so old school. The new school is here.
Enter stage right, The School Of Life ,which is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. They offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.
They have everything from classes, therapy, books, films, events, products, and any other medium available to help assist you in your quest for a more fulfilled life.
Learn more from The School of Life Here
Good Money is a project by Good Virus that seeks to encourage people to use their money for good.
In their own words:
“We are stamping ones and fives with “THIS MONEY HAS BEEN USED FOR GOOD”. The idea is to use this money for charitable donations. We want to see if the Good Virus effect plays out with money. We’re thinking that if say we give a few dollars to someone who needs food. Then once the money is in circulation, perhaps the next person who gets the bill will read the message and be inspired to spend it on a good cause too, and so on and so on…”
“You can buy the stamp for $9.50 (our cost), or simply write “THIS MONEY HAS BEEN USED FOR GOOD” in your own letters. It doesn’t really matter. All We ask is that people enter the serial number on the map, so we can map and track the effect.”
Smiles for people is the Toms Shoes of toothbrushes. Every purchase of this toothbrush provides dental care to children in need. Now this is my kind of toothbrush.
I thought you should know about these 20 interesting facts about love (via boredpanda)
Music is like medicine, so being that this site is about all things good I figured it’s time to start sharing more music.
So we introduce you to a beautiful soul who goes by the name of Aijia Grammer, with her song ‘Learning To Let Go’.
sidenote: Aijia is also the Elevator Joy Bomber from the video we previously shared on our tumblr, which makes her that much more awesome.
You can find More of Aijia here and here.
“When you imagine a better world, what do you see? Each month, KIND supports one project with $10,000. Create your project to Do the KIND Thing, or support amazing ideas with a kind act.”
(Thanks Erin Schanke!)
71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.These people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you?
Take the 100 Happy Days Challenge
I don’t know about you but ain’t nobody NOT got time for that.
“What was your New Year’s resolution? To slim down? To drink less? Save more cash? While musing over the betterment of your person, did you pay any mind to your digital addiction rife with narcissism and voyeurism? Maybe that’s where you should start, instead.” – Adbusters
To all the digitaholics out there, let Adbsuters guide you through a week of digital detox. I know it’s a few days late but it’s never too late for a good ‘ol detox.
Start your digital detox.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
The top 5 regrets of the dying, as recorded by Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.
What makes America the Beautiful. (minus the haters who had a problem with the commercial when it aired during the Super Bowl)
Quick Fit deems itself the perfect workout app for busy people. Based on the world famous 7 minute workout- as seen in the New York Times- it’s scientifically proven to be highly effective.
Now, as a certified trainer myself, I would recommend this app, BUT I’d modify it a bit. Read THIS to see what I mean.
Download the app or try it online
You have everything.
You need nothing.
Nothing, created by Pim De Graaff, reminds us to enjoy everything we already have.
I just met the genie of the internet today, and it goes by the name of Crowdwish, a site aiming to become the web’s ultimate wishlist.
Crowdwish says it is based on 3 simple observations. First, that everyone on earth has hopes, dreams, and ambitions for the future. Secondly, whatever that hope or dream someone else, somewhere is going to want the same thing. Thirdly, the greater number of people who want something the more likely it is to be delivered.
Based on those observations every 24 hours they take the most popular demand and do whatever they can to action it, on behalf of the people who asked for it.
So go and get your wish on.
“You know what I miss most? Being carefree.”
That was the sentence that inspired the “If Only For A Second” campaign, in which The Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience with a twist. This film shows the experience.
Take a second and watch, it’s worth it.
Inspired by the 30 under 30 awards, thousands under 90 by Jessica Hische is an award for the rest of us. woo hoo! The certificate dubs you as “Officially Awesome” and then brags on you a bit and is even co-signed by Jessica Hische herself so it’s double official. Now go get your award champ.
A minimal nativity set created by designer Emelie Voirin in which she says was designed to appeal to both Atheists and Christians. Well sweet baby Jesus that’s kind of clever.
“If you search and search and stop searching, then ultimately you’ll find what you need. It is the experience of living.” – Marion Cotillard
via RELEVANT Magazine
“Life is too short,” We say, and it is. Too short for office politics, for busywork and pointless paper chases, for jumping through hoops and covering our asses, for trying to please, to not offend, for constantly struggling to achieve some ever receding definition of success. Too short as well for worrying whether we bought the right suit, the right breakfast cereal, the right laptop computer, the right brand of underarm deodorant. Life is too short because we die.”
An obvious but often forgotten reminder that life is too short because at the end of the day we’re all dying. So LIVE the heck out of this life.
TOMS Marketplace is a platform of products to purchase for good. The marketplace includes hundreds of products that support causes ranging from education and health to nutrition and clean water.
Each of the partner brands has a meaningful story and shares TOMS’ deep commitment to giving to those in need, spanning a wide range of causes and geographic areas of impact.
And is currently my new favorite store.
Buy stuff. Do Good. Thanks Tom.
This is your brain on drugs. Classic.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Ghandi
8,336,615 (New York) – The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million.
Once upon a time the United Nations outlined what basic rights and freedoms we are ALL entitled to, called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Seems we as the general population may need a refresher.
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
and for those more visual, a great simplified and drawn version from Zen pencils
First a little background:
What is Google autocomplete?
As you type, autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.
In other words it’s like a peak into our thoughts.
And when you Google women shouldn’t or women can’t, autocomplete tells us something pretty interesting (and in this case, wrong) about our questions and searches. Some recent ad’s by UN Women highlight some of these REAL searches.
Go ahead try it for your self, then decide not to be THAT guy.
Rebel Rocket Attack from the one and only street artist Banksy.
This Craigslist Ad gave me a good laugh today.
The ad reads:
So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent. I really think this place is great and I’ve been living here for a while (incumbency FTW!). I don’t want to leave but the utilities are a real bitch to afford on your own. Some facts about the digs:
It’s about 775,000 square feet. Yeah, it’s big, I know. But don’t let the size alone fool you! It’s cozy too — lots of individual rooms!
Location, location, location. It’s close to everything you could possibly want. The Botanical Gardens (they’re temporarily closed, but don’t let that stop you); the metro, and plenty of bars. The bars are important, because what else are we gonna do?
It’s historic too! It was built in like 1800 something. Don’t ask me the specifics, there’s a plaque somewhere. Let’s just say it’s pretty sweet. There are plenty of cool things inside, like a giant statue of King Kamehameha I. It makes for weird midnight runs to the bathroom, but whatever.
Wanna know more just ask!
About you: Must be LGBT friendly. Must not be a Republican. Don’t be racist. Don’t hate women. Must think poor Americans are people.
Oh, and don’t be an Eagles fan, because, gross.
“It was Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher, who said “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
I submit to you, if you’re willing to take your hand off the throttle of your life, that there is intelligence in anxiety.
This intelligence, so familiar to teenagers, yet misinterpreted by adults, is knowing that things aren’t supposed to be this way.
Work isn’t supposed to suck. Styrofoam isn’t supposed to last hundreds of years after minutes of use. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t supposed to be drowning in spilled oil. And we aren’t supposed to accept how many species have gone extinct since the sun rose this morning.
If you really let these proclamations hit you, if you stop, it can take your breath away. In fact, it’s supposed to break your heart.
Take care of your inner self, yes, but know this: there’s nothing fucking wrong with you.”
If I were a teacher, this print would make for an awesome lesson plan.
Interesting new infographic from Huffington Post about how your phone is harming your health. Click here for full size infographic.
Real Monsters is a series of artwork created by Toby Allen, depicting common mental illnesses as real monsters. The artist states:
The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical entities.
Awesome article over at the Huffington Post about the 21 Habits of Supremely Happy People.
THE HABITS OF SUPREMELY HAPPY PEOPLE
Read it. Apply it, and be happy my peops.
This Homeless Jackpot prank made me smile.
‘Fabulous At Every Age’ campaign from Harper’s BAZAAR and Estée Lauder highlights the power and beauty of women at every age,
The magazine’s beauty director Alexandra Parnass explains that,
“They’re humans, you know? None of them are absolutely perfect head-to-toe, as none of us are. It really strikes you when talking to any of these women that they are truly not bothered by the little things in life.”
The contest honored five BAZAAR readers, spanning five decades, who embody the theme of female empowerment at any age.
I guess what they say is true, age really ain’t nothing but a number.
The One Percent Foundation makes philanthropy accessible to Millennials+ and empowers them to change the world together. One Percent Foundation’s goal is to inspire young adults to give at least 1% of their income to philanthropic causes.
Through their programs their vision is to build a movement of young philanthropist, and I think they do a dang good job.
Release you inner philanthropist through one of their programs here.
Artist Steve Lambert said he created these shirts while teaching at a high school where students wore logo and company names on their chest with pride.
Quite fitting, if I might say so myself.
The best things in life really are free, sometimes we just need to be reminded. Steve Lambert did just that.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been thus far pretty ignorant on the whole climate change issue, but thanks to going back to my elementary school roots I decided to listen to what good ‘ole Bill Nye The Science Guy had to say about it all, and well my eyes have been opened. Time to make some changes.
See more Victoria’s Secret Models without make up here.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
Who Gives A Crap is a toilet paper company started by these guys. Why toilet paper? Well, they say after learning that 2.5 billion people across the world are without toilets and thousands are dying of diarrhea related illness every day, the team at Who Gives a Crap decided to take a stand, or in this case, a seat. So what exactly makes their toilet paper so different?
Flush Poverty Down the Loo
At present, 40% of the world’s population don’t have access to a toilet. Diarrhoea related illnesses fill over half sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill over 2,000 children under 5 every day. We think that’s pretty crap. That’s why we give 50% of our profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Make Every Wipe Count
We believe that the need to wipe shouldn’t mean we wipe out the planet. That’s why we only use 100% recycled fibers in our toilet paper. It saves on trees, water and landfill which means you’re doing your bit while doing your bit to help keep our planet great.
Only test on bottoms
We don’t use any chlorine, inks, dyes or weird perfumes in our toilet paper. We just pulp the clean fibers at 400C to make WGAC biodegradable, safe in septic tanks and as strong as it is silky soft. And since it’s only tested on the finest human bottoms, our toilet paper is as good for your bum as it is for the planet.
Who knew you could do so much with just toilet paper??? Apparently these guys did, and they’ve made me give a crap as well.
Give a crap and order your toilet paper that builds toilets here!
I Will Talk With Anyone About Anything is a project by Artist Steve Lambert, in which he set up a table near other individuals and organizations tabling for political, religious and other causes and when people approached his table he offered to talk to them about whatever they would like.
If they don’t know what they want to talk about I keep a list of questions such as:
- how about this weather?
- what have you been up to lately?
- what are you doing after this?
- how are things?
This formula has lead to conversations with all kinds of strangers on topics from the weather to the Iranian revolution, Native American philosophy, agricultuture, film, etc. The table is very popular.
So like other great artists before him he left instructions on how to do it yourself, below are the instructions on How To Talk To Anyone.
This Is A Good Sign is a movement founded by Eric Dennis in which his aim is to simply spread happiness and make people feel better by simply sharing his signs of hope (as seen above) all over the world.
Get your free sign here and join the movement with us!
Once upon a time a man named Ivan Pavlov made a breakthrough in psychology when he discovered the concept of a conditioned reflex.
He had come to learn this concept of conditioned reflex when examining the rates of salivations among dogs. Pavlov had learned then when a bell was rung in subsequent time with food being presented to the dog in consecutive sequences, the dog will initially salivate when the food is presented. The dog will later come to associate the ringing of the bell with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the ringing of the bell. (wikipedia)
Years later Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff decided to use the same concept to help themselves and others hopelessly addicted to email, social networking, or other online distractions.
Their invention? The Pavlov Poke, a keyboard accessory that will surprise you with an electric shock every time you try to go onto Facebook.
This is definitely an art/design project that made me smile.
Hello all you beautiful people, for all those who follow the site and even all those who just come and visit, first and foremost, THANK YOU!
There are several new things going on and we just wanted to keep you up to date on everything as to make sure you don’t miss a beat.
1.We have several new projects launched you should check out:
Good News (a regular dose of feel good news)
Do Good Directory (an online directory of the best tools and resources for doing good)
2.We have several new projects in the works:
Public Service Announcements (coming)
This Book Will Change Your World (coming)
3. And last but not least if you live in the Houston area we are launching a street team like no other street team you’ve seen before (and no it won’t be a Philanthropy Factory promo team, but waaaaay cooler!) So stay tuned and be sure to check out all the new things as well as check back for the things to come!
Other then that, all that’s left to say is a good day to you sir/maam.
The 1% Giving Pledge (by One Percent Foundation) is a public commitment to give at least 1% of your income to philanthropy. In other words it’s only $1 out of every $100, you can’t afford not to do this one people!