Something Good: What You Need to Read This Week

A marathon-running dog, the happiest words, and binder clip life hacks: Your weekly dose of good.

This is a curated version of a list that originally appeared on “A Thousand Shades of Gray.” For more of your weekly dose of happy, please visit the complete list here.

No, you are not an hysterical female, and this is not just anxiety. One of the most important things you could ever read, from Patti Digh. Spoiler alert: Patti knew she wasn’t feeling right, but kept coming up against doctors wanting to dismiss her symptoms as anxiety, until she had a heart attack, followed by surgery. After she came home from the hospital, she wrote this beautiful piece, When you break open, it happens by surprise.

Shaq Joins Kind Cop After Viral Basketball Video, to Surprise Kids in Rematch. More of this, please.

Dog Is Let Out To Go To The Bathroom, Casually Runs Half-Marathon Instead. She came in seventh!

Is mindfulness making us ill? “It’s the relaxation technique of choice, popular with employers and even the NHS. But some have found it can have unexpected effects.” This is just one reason why it’s important to study in an established lineage, with the support of a teacher and community.

The happiest four words. The saddest four words. From The Bloggess. The comments are the best.

Dogs vs. Stairs: A hilarious video compilation.

15 Life Hack things do with binder a clip. Such good ideas.

People wrote down their biggest regrets on a chalkboard for all of New York City to see. What’s yours?

Incredible snow works made by ‘snow artist’—using only snowshoes. Impermanent art. Amazing.

Hedgehographer, nothing but hedgehogs, my new favorite Instagram account.

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.