Focusing on our wellbeing is so important and there’s a lot of good information out there. Throughout this past year, I have found that in the vast array of ideas and resources that cross my path, the following 5 are in my regular round up and go-to for wellness reading and wellness writing sites to turn to. While I regularly enjoy reading great columnists, magazine, fiction and nonfiction authors, these sites below are where I’ve found I most enjoy looking at and receiving their updates for new ideas to help me to hone in on greater wellness and wellbeing skill building for myself, those I care about and my workshop participants.:
Greater Good in Action: Science-Based Practices for a Meaningful Life
I’ve found new practices, read articles that gave me quick ways to integrate some self-compassion, resilience and optimism skills I wanted to keep using and practicing in my life and been exposed to new and meaningful science-based research on happiness. Sometimes I take their great self-surveys, try out the practices they write about, listen tot heir podcast or look up further information mentioned by their researchers.
Recently, I’ve found articles and ideas on cultivating an inner calm, finding ways to take a self-care retreat, (even if you can’t go anywhere at the moment) and practical tips on getting the most restful sleep as we age. Every time I open their monthly update, I find some articles of interest to me that may be of interest to those of us interested in growing our wellness toolkit and learning to give oneself grace in life transitions and more.
PPIA: Positive Psychology in Action
PPIA curates and teaches information on helpful practices from the school of positive psychology and making happiness for yourself in the midst of regular life. They have a great regular, short blog post and Instagram feed which shares useful snippets of practical positive psychology that’s accessible for helping learn to incorporate more of this into one’s daily life.
International Association for Journal Writing
Resources on journal writing, writing for personal self-growth and self-love, how to use journaling practices to move through both joys and difficulties. And there’s often something inspirational or some beautiful piece of writing that’s shared, whether from the newsletter writer herself or from a bevy of gifted writers from whom she draws inspiration. As a journal writer and journal writing instructor, this is invaluable, but I find that when I share some of what I learn here with others, they also draw strength, wellness tools and inspired wellbeing.
The Story You Need to Tell
This website is the work of Sandra Marinella, author of the book The Story You Need to Tell, The site and her workshops are based on the idea that your life is your story. You can find that story and write about it. The occasional newsletters always bring to mind the power of good writing…and how when we write and give expression to our stories and our pain, the beauty and poignancy often comes to the forefront. May you find your story and write about it too.
In this world, there is much information to curate in the field of wellbeing. Finding what works for you is both a skill and a gift. If you find that any of these sites are also useful to you, we’d love for you to share that with us by emailing [email protected] To find more resources and ideas on the topic of wellness and the work of Joyfestival Industries, follow us on social media @joyfestivalindustries. We’d love to hear how you’re finding and making wellness and wellbeing practices a part of your daily life for the good!