happy faceThose of you that know me well know that I can get somewhat obsessed about people being happy at work… or even just finding some joy in the daily grind. It’s honestly what inspires my personal and professional ventures.

I’m currently on “vacation” with my kiddos (is it really ever vacation when they are this young??), and I thought it might be a good time to just send a shout out to those other amazing professionals that dedicate their lives and work to us regular people trying to be happy, productive, and effective in our messy lives.  Below are some great resources (sites or blogs, video channels, companies) that you might find of use for you this week.  Enjoy!

Goodthink: Company that uses research to justify the advantages of happiness at work and home, and also to help people get more of it in their lives.  Shawn Achor’s group, and all based on Positive Psychology.

Mark Manson: Was exposed to a blog post from him today, and loved his voice and mission. Think of it as cool self-help stuff with more humor but without that condescending tone. He’s good peeps with good stuff to say.

Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk: My hubby jokes that I’m obsessed with this talk… and he’s right. The 17 minutes of this video might help you at your next ‘scary interaction’, which could include: a networking event, PTA meeting, a chat with ANYONE intimidating, or a job interview. Super small yet effective tips (with evidence) that will change how the world views you during these key life events.

Tara Mohr:  Focused on women being more influential and “playing bigger” in life.  She’s the real deal, too.  I saw her speak in December, and she has a calm, educated, and thoughtful presence.  Her writing seems similar.

The Muse:  Company focused on providing job search and job improvement tools to individuals.  I have loved nearly everything they share, and it’s especially great if you are in the market for a new or different career path.

Momastery:  Glennon Doyle Melton’s blog-turned-movement focused on finding hope in truth and stories. She has a great TED talk, awesome real stories, and a book I’m excited to read one day.

Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0:  I have mentioned this before, but it’s worth another plug.  Studies show that if you are able to use your natural strengths and talents, you will be happier and more productive.  This assessment (and book) will help you understand where you can excel without even trying- because we are each are NATURALLY great at a few things.  You can buy/read the book and get a code for a free assessment, or you can just buy the code for an online assessment for $10. Both methods are helpful.

TED Talks:  Need a video to inspire or inform you about life, love, work, science, education… or whatever?  Browse through some invigorating and well presented topics on TED.  I adore their site and talks.  You can find live events in your city- called TEDx.

Gretchin Rubin: Author of “The Happiness Project” and a few other books.  She focuses on research-based tricks and tips that can influence your positive feelings and outlook.

Martha Beck: A Harvard Professor turned author and life coach, she’s pretty goofy and great.  I have loved one of her books and hope to read more.

Marie Forleo:  Fun and kind of cheesy videos and blog articles focused on productivity and designing a life the way you want it to be.

Everyone have a great weekend, and cheers to keeping it real and continuing to grow.