Something Good: What You Need to Read This Week

Rituals for success, jaw-dropping living antiquities, and DC’s giant panda in the blizzard: Your weekly dose of good.

This is a curated version of a list that originally appeared on “A Thousand Shades of Gray.” For the complete list, click here

It all matters from Alexandra Franzen. “Your words, your actions, your art projects, your efforts, every small, tender, beautiful thing that you put forth into the world matters so much. So much more than you may realize. Every single day, as you go about your work, you have no idea whose life you could be impacting for the better—often, in ways you can’t even imagine.” Go read the rest, please.

Yoga Nidra Meditation is the Best Kept Secret to Deep Relaxation. This article gives a great overview of the practice and a few examples.

25 Daily Rituals Of History’s Most Successful… And What You Can Learn From Them. A really interesting, helpful list.

16 Self-Care Experts Share their Tips on How You Can be Kinder To Yourself. What an amazing resource, (republished from Susannah Conway’s Something for the Weekend list).

The Oldest Living Things in the World, a really cool photography project by Rachel Sussman. “Since 2004 I’ve been researching, working with biologists, and traveling the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older.”

Top 10 procrastination tactics to get you back on track. Good tips from Karen Walrond, because sometimes procrastinating, when done right, actually leads you back to your work.

Magical Night Photography Of Tokyo’s Streets by Masashi Wakui. Confession: I have a thing about Japan, both the ancient and the modern aesthetic. Anyone want to take a trip?

9 tips for being a better cook, from Tree Hugger. One of my favorites is “learn to toast.” This is one of those things where you don’t believe the extra effort will be worth it, but trust me… so worth it. Add this to the list, How to Roast Garlic, and you are on your way to some serious yum.

A Simple Life is Not the End Goal, a great reminder on Be More With Less that, “We don’t remove the clutter, reduce the stress, and boycott the busyness to have a simple life. We do it to have a life.”

What are you doing for others? : 100 great ideas from Positively Present. Seriously, this is my idea of fun.

WATCH: Giant Panda Revels In D.C.’s Giant Snowstorm. This was everywhere the past few days, so you may have seen it already. If you didn’t, you’re welcome.

Jill Salahub


Jill Salahub writes about the tenderness and the terror, the beauty and the brutality of life, and of her efforts to keep her heart open through it all on her blog, A Thousand Shades of Gray.