There is no shortage of news these days, and much of it is less than positive. If you’re the kind of person that thrives on reading inspiring stories, you’ve come to the right place. A little dose of inspiration to stay motivated and keep us moving forward toward our dreams is something we all need from time to time.
Lucky for us, the team at Darling Magazine scoured the web to find the most inspiring, uplifting and smile-inducing websites. Peeking into the daily lives of successful individuals to sharing incredible stories of kindness, these websites are sure to brighten your day and provide an endless supply of happy, positive news that show the good in the world around us.
Enjoy these inspiring reads below, and when you’re done, we invite you to head over to Darling Magazine to read the eighth and final website of note!
There are so many ways we can spend our time waiting these days—we can catch up on emails on the bus heading to work, we can browse through our Instagram feed while waiting for our turn at the hairdresser or we can check our calendars and set more plans while waiting for a friend to join us for lunch.
These are all instant distractions that help make time pass, but rather than using our phone in this way, why are we not using these pauses to give ourselves a dose of inspiration?
Exposing ourselves to creative and inspiring content is good for us for many reasons: Our beliefs will be challenged, our creativity and skills will be questioned and we will find ourselves wanting to be better at what we do. The Internet has enough superficial websites to entertain us for decades, but amid all of those, there are gems that bear inspiring reads. The following are some of the unmissable ones:
Primarily an app for guided meditation, Headspace also has a powerful blog with intuitive articles about helping us deal with mind, body and life issues like anxiety, death, happiness and relationships. Perfect if you want a mental break, this blog gives you a much-needed dose of sanity amid all of the chaos of life.
A daydreamer’s haven, Madeliene Rose’s stories bring the world of fashion and literature together, as the woman behind this blog writes dreamy short stories. Having conversations with writers and fictional characters while wearing the latest fashion trends, publishing inspiring quotes and sharing book suggestions, this blog makes a case for finding beauty in the everyday and using our daydreams to tap into our creativity.
When you want to be more productive, 99U has the tips you need coming from business men and women working in different industries. Whether you read the short snippets in the workbook, read the more data-driven articles or watch a video, 99U is the website to read when you are lacking work motivation.
4. Local Milk
Elizabeth Evelyn, the writer and photographer behind Local Milk, has created a blog that is aesthetically striking and useful thanks to the recipes she shares. More than just a food blog, Local Milk is an inspiring space on the art of slow living with the beautiful photography and food styling found here. And you may remember her from her recent #DarlingChats feature on Instagram.
The second best thing to reading a writer’s novel or a poem is reading their Paris Review interview. From writers and poets who have long left this world like W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot to the voices of the contemporary ones, The Paris Review interviews are unique in giving us a peek into the mad world inside a writer’s or a poet’s mind.
From office attire to how to file your taxes, Career Girl Daily is a modern website with tips and tricks on how to succeed in your career in style, with confidence and with practical skills. Fun and girly, yet spreading a strong message, this website is great to help you stay focused on your career goals.
7. Zen Habits
Leo Babauta, the man behind Zen Habits, has created a great blog to help us all change our habits. Inspiring, but also giving us detailed step-by-step guides on how to beat the habits that are stopping us from leading the best life we can lead, Zen Habits is the blog to read when you feel stuck in a rut.