Recent Finds, Recommendations & Needful Things
Every so often, I remember why I have all these strange bookmarks taking up space on my Firefox Toolbar… I was saving them to share with you! Sunday seems like a good time for that, so let’s get on with it.
Ok, I admit it. When I first saw the title, Happier.com, I cringed.
Oh joy, I thought. Another fluffy-duffy-sunshine-rainbows-and-unicorn site that’s going to chirp affirmations at me. But when I checked it out, I was *very* pleasantly surprised… that alone made me happier, so the site has already fulfilled the promise of its name !
Seriously, this is one of the most positive membership sites I’ve seen, which makes sense, because it’s all about positive psychology. Full of in depth self-assessment tests, cognitive exercises, tracking tools and information, this is promising stuff that goes beyond the usual self-help fluff. Just taking the assessments can help shift your thinking in a happier, more positive direction.
I like it. A lot. And it’s free, at least while it’s in Beta.
Happier.com. More genuine happiness. No chirping.
Based loosely on David Seah’s Printable CEO Series (which is cool, free, and.. well.. printable!) Bubbletimer is an online goal tracking & time management tool that has an offline feel, due to the clever way that the planning bubbles are filled in so they look hand colored. There’s also an iPhone version, for those of you with iPhones.
Plus, I love the name of the small parent company. Snooty Monkey. Does it get any better? (but no, before you ask, I am NOT going to marry the Monkey, snooty or otherwise. Just how weird do you think I am?)
Anyway, Snooty Monkeys aside… Bubbletimer is worth taking for a 14-day free spin to see if it suits you.
At least I think so.
Y ou may have seen Dr. Mike Logan commenting on a few posts here and there on MindTweaks. He’s a genuinely nice guy - and that really comes through in the YouTube videos he’s been putting together lately. In them, he thoughtfully covers topics that range from his own counseling practice, to general counseling information, a few mental health tips and tricks, and even a few on the topic of Brain Fitness.
So be sure and check out this up and coming YouTube star, before he goes viral, decides he’s too good for us, and hooks up with those Snooty Monkeys.
I’m kidding of course. He’s way too nice for those monkeys. Though maybe they could seek counseling from him and get past their snootiness.
You can find Mike’s videos here:
And his website and blog here:
(I had to steal his photo from his Twitter account. Mike, we need to get you a logo, pronto! Hey, did I mention I do graphic work? )
Goodlife Zen is a cool blog in its own right,run by Mary Jaksch, one of the nifty people I’ve “met” through the TeachingSells program. But I’m not writing this to tell you about the blog, or how cool Mary is.
I’m writing to tell you about the Virtual Zen Retreat that Goodlife Zen is going to be running starting February 20th. It’s a nifty idea. Instead of the traditional Zen retreat, where you leave your normal life behind, you’ll be taking time and making space in your ordinary, daily life to learn and practice mindfulness and other zen goodness… which makes sense. I mean, its easy to be mindful and centered while we’re off in the mountains for a weekend. But in our day to day hectic worlds, it’s a bit tougher. Learning to apply the techniques of a “retreat” while living in your day-to-day world seems pretty promising.
And in keeping with the concept, the program is supported by its participant’s donations.
So check it out. I’ve signed up.
So there you have it. A handful of coolness for your Sunday browsing. No affiliate programs, snooty monkeys or counselors were harmed in the making of this post.