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.
* * *Giving Up The Need To Be Perfect from Kute Blackson. A great argument against perfection, because "Trying to be perfect is a sure recipe for suffering." This guy knows how to preach. Whenever I watch one of Kute's videos, I feel so energized, so inspired. Do yourself a favor and watch. Also, don't forget to read the post that goes with it. Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up. Everyone needs a copy of this list on hand, every single human. 8 Ways to Change Your Habits (And Actually Get What You Want) from Sarah Kathleen Peck, a really helpful, simple list. #3 and #5 are my favorites. An Open Letter to People Who Use Hashtags. #gigglesnort #thisisgreat #youshouldreadit Unicorn farts & big breaks from the amazing Paul Jarvis, in which he explains two very important things. One, what looks like an overnight success usually is not, because "Achievement is never the result of a single action, it’s the build-up of all of our actions." And two, that the joy should come in the making, the doing, the process, because "The sweat, research, trials and failures, dead ends and unknowns are exactly what makes things great...The process can be enjoyed as much or more than the outcome because otherwise, why bother?" Paul sends out an email to his list every Sunday, but also created an archive of those messages on Medium. It's worth a look. Scott Dinsmore, creator of Live Your Legend, died in a freak accident on Mt. Kilimanjaro this past week. He was only 33 years old. I’m Going Off the Grid: Therapy for an Addicted & Over-Connected World ended up being his last blog post ever. In it, he said, "The pause is disappearing. That priceless space that allows us to think big, to reflect, to plan, to create—it’s becoming harder and harder to find. Which means our responsibility to save it is greater than ever." There have been some really great tributes written about him, here and here. If you didn't know who he was, I recommend you watch his TED talk, or this episode of The Good Life Project. Teacher's Cardio 'Nae Nae' Will Make You Want To Go To Gym Class. Which reminds me of the Where the Hell is Matt? project, and Dance Walking Fitness. Confession: dancing makes me stupid happy. 25 things you should start adding to your compost pile from Tree Hugger. We are big composters, even have a worm bin, but some of this stuff I would have never thought to put in the pile. Why I Cook from Dr. Andrew Weil. A great exploration of the magic of cooking, in which he says, "There is another reward of cooking that fascinates and motivates me: it is excellent training in practical magic. By that I mean that cooking gives you a chance to practice the esoteric art of manifestation—bringing something from the imagination into physical reality." Photo courtesy of 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.