Messages from the aether: World Health Day

In light of World Health Day, 7 April, Elsa Samuel has hand-picked these online goodies to boost your happiness and wellbeing.

Zen Habits
Visually, this blog is bad. You won’t find pictures with motivational quotes here. Leo Babauta, the creator of Zen Habits has done this on purpose. What you will find are posts presented in a fuss-free layout on behaviours and habits you can adopt to live a happier life. The simplicity of his blog highlights the true value of his posts about love, money, relationships, happiness or career. It’s not surprising he has over 2 million readers and has emerged as one of the top blogs in its niche. Recommended reads: Handbook for life: 52 tips for happiness and productivity and A mini-guide to not being frustrated all the time.

Fulfillment Daily
Inspiration for living your happiest life backed by science – this is what Fulfillment Daily (FD) is about. Unlike Zen Habits’ simple layout, FD is aesthetically pleasing, with posts on happiness, wellbeing and other related mental health topics. What I like about this blog? Each post has a limited word count and a summary at the start of the post – meaning you don’t waste too much time. The blog features posts from guest writers, so you get a range of experts sharing their thoughts on niche topics. Recommended posts include: 6 ways your living space affects your happiness and 10 simple habits to grow a positive attitude.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is a New York Times bestselling author who’s achieved international acclaim with books such as The Happiness Project. Her podcast is just as super; named in iTunes’s lists of ‘Best Podcasts of 2015’ and was named in the Academy of Podcasters ‘Best Podcasts of 2016’. It’s great for those looking for new ways to cheer up their lives as her podcasts draw on research and ancient wisdom about building good habits and a happier life. I recommended listening to: A little happier: one of my favourite images for letting go of grief and A very special episode on the ‘Essential 7’ for happiness and good habits.

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