Celebrating 800 Reasons to be Optimistic!

Posted on June 4, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

As of today, there are now 800 articles at Ever Widening Circles (EWC) that prove this is still an amazing world!

And every day more and more people are using EWC for their daily dose of optimism!

Image: Collage of EWC article photos

Today, we give you something to really celebrate: a personal tour of some of the hidden gems among our hundreds of articles to put a spring in your step.

There are concepts here that we reference constantly when speaking to people about what we’ve learned by writing all these pieces, but some are in articles that very few might read.

So today is like a scavenger hunt, only we will point you to the prizes!

We have two goals, to connect you to some of the most inspiring and often overlooked topics, and to make certain you haven’t missed the articles that are the most shared.

Ingeniously Simple

Let’s start right off with a couple articles that point to exquisitely simple insights that are changing the world for many:

Image: A child pulls back the water on a beach revealing all the plastic garbage

23 MINUTES

The Ocean Cleanup Project

At only 19 years old, Boyan Slat of the Netherlands developed an ocean cleanup array which has removed over 7 million tons of plastic from the ocean. Learn more about The Ocean Cleanup Project and how you can help in today’s important feature.

A Complete Surprise

Now let us introduce you to two articles that might not seem very appealing or compelling on the surface, but we promise you won’t be disappointed if you dive in. These articles contain some of our favorite jaw-dropping and radically uplifting insights:

 

14 MINUTES

Rats Becoming Our Heroes?

What potential are we missing by ignoring the “untouchable” things? Let’s start with the amazing abilities of rats to save millions of lives! Really!

Superhuman Abilities

Articles about sports might not be the first things to come to mind if you are looking for solid reasons to think the world is actually getting better, but I’d love for you to drop into several that we wrote in a state of awe. Very often the physical feats of amazing athletes really do push our collective sense of possibility way back! Here’s three that you should not miss, just for the sheer sense of wonder they inspire!

 

34 MINUTES

No Safety Net

Here’s a quiet young man and friends, with a passion you won’t believe! Today’s story will expand your idea of what’s possible for us too!

12 MINUTES

Dance that Defies Gravity!

What happens you take dance, flip it sideways, and defy gravity on the side of a building? Check out BANDALOOP a dance troupe that is spreading awe and wonder with a new kind of dance!

 

Technology on the Immediate Horizon

And we couldn’t do a proper job of pointing to wonder all around us without making sure you see these two astonishing technologies in development:

 

5 MINUTES

Powering Your World with Fish Scales?

Yes, you read that correctly, we can use fish scales to generate power! It turns out those fish you see in the market could be an alternative energy source! Here’s how this alternative energy source could be used in the future!

Wonders through the Funny Bone

How about some humor?! We’ve found some very funny people out there with some unforgettable insights:

 Stunning Animal Insights

 

We’ve been surprised and delighted by the fact that over a third of our visitors each day find us when they are searching for solid content about animals.  Some of our most stunning articles are about new insights in the field of animal intelligence. Don’t miss these two:

 

Creativity Unplugged

Maybe art is not your thing? Especially if you are not a fan of the arts, then get ready to be delighted and transformed. Here are a few articles that give us all the recipe for making something very special out of nothing!

 

Image: A banana with tiny brown dots forming Michael Angelo's wisdom of man painting

10 MINUTES

The Wild Potential of Embracing Our Limitations

What if embraced our limitations? What possibilities might we discover if we just owned them and let them force us to get creative? We might actually find possibilities we would never have discovered. Take a look at how remarkable this mindset can be!

Transforming TED Talks

We could be accused of saving the best for last by avid TED Talk fans. Here are three “Must See” talks from TED.com that most people would never choose. But trust me: they are really positive game changers! See why we consider them treasures.

Image: Sam Berns and his parents with Sam's Happiness Secrets

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Sam Berns and His Happiness Secrets

Have you heard 17 year old, Sam Berns’ secrets to a happy life? I watch this TED Talk periodically as a refresher course, no matter how busy I am – and maybe because of that. See why!

Image: Kids with pots on their heads

17 MINUTES

Karen Thompson: What Fear Can Teach Us!

DON’T MISS THIS hidden gem!.. If you are turning your back on all the fear and malice in the news media these days, this TED Talk is a really fun and “game changing” insight! I use it almost every day.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with an uplifting article that seems to make many people’s heart soar. We need a little more of that “hearts soaring” sensation these days!

 

Here’s a quote that seems to sum up the take-away message from 800 articles about meaningful insights and innovation:

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  – Wayne Dyer

Thanks for visiting possibility with us here at Ever Widening Circles: the nicest place on the internet!

Stop in tomorrow for your daily dose of optimism!

Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

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