Top 10 Goodnet Reads that You Loved in 2013 [LIST]

Some of our most inspiring reads [LIST]

Dec 17, 2013

Image by Flickr user (nz)dave 

The end of one year and beginning of the next is a time for reflection – an opportunity to think back over what we did well, behaviors we'd like to replicate in the coming year, and things we might do differently next time around. Here at Goodnet, understanding what makes you tick is crucial to fulfilling our goal of helping you to activate your goodness. Looking back over 2013, it's clear that Goodnet readers are inspired by the world around them – by media, geography and leaders – and love a good tune and a giggle, too.
Next year, keep an eye out for more uplifting quotes and videos to empower positive action, as well as information about the wonderful ventures on the web aimed at doing good - for yourselfthe planet and humanity. Happy Holidays!

1. 7 AWESOME FEEL-GOOD MOVIES

It goes without saying - everyone loves a good movie, and we all want to feel good. This list includes films that make us cry every time we watch them (even if it's for the 37th time), scenes we used to act out as kids and stories we fantasized would happen to us - from The Lion King to Pretty Woman.
IN A NUTSHELL: Everyone loves movies. 

Screenshot: The Lion King

2. 9 MAPS TO CHANGE HOW YOU SEE THE WORLD

The resounding popularity of this list speaks to curiosity about the world around us, and to an openness to explore different points of view. Understanding is a key step in taking positive action - and these maps give a graphic depiction of issues including global IQ scores, vegetation, and attitudes to foreigners.
IN A NUTSHELL: Maps are awesome. 

Image by Flickr user “Caveman Chuck” Coker

3. A GIRL, AN AIRPORT AND A DANCE [VIDEO]

Making lemonade when life gives you lemons is the uplifting theme of this hit video. Angela Trimbur was having a bummer of a holiday because she didn't get to go home to see her family. Instead of being sad, she decided to bring a bit of light to travelers at LAX with her spirited dancing. Such a positive message.
IN A NUTSHELL: Rather than moping, get your boogie on! 

Screenshot: YouTube

4. WHY DO FINNISH BABIES SLEEP IN CARDBOARD BOXES?

The Finnish initiative of sending every new family a maternity package to help them ease into their new role struck a chord with Goodnet readers - and for good reason. The colorful box doubles as a crib, and contains a wide selection of baby clothes and childcare products, a rattle and a colorful, illustrated book - a boost of encouragement for parents to teach their children to read. The aim behind the Scandinavian innovation is universal - be providing children with the most essential needs: for body, mind and soul.
IN A NUTSHELL: All kids deserve a fair and equal start in life.

Photo by Flickr user Novacane

5. THE GIRL WHO CAN DO ANYTHING BETTERN THAN ANYONE [VIDEO]

Positive affirmations are prescribed in a variety of self-empowerment and self-actualization movements today - and this tiny girl has got it down already! The adorable Jessica tells herself in the mirror every morning how lucky she is and how well she's doing. Sounds like it’s well worth a go.
IN A NUTSHELL: Positive words can go a long way.

Screenshot: YouTube

6. 7 OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOST MEMORABLE QUOTES 

Goodnet readers value inspiration drawn from influential historical personalities - and who better to lead the lot than US President Abraham Lincoln? Referred to as Honest Abe, Lincoln successfully ended the American Civil War and through his efforts, eventually abolished slavery.  The selection of quotes in this popular piece reflect his gifted oratory skills, wisdom and integrity.
IN A NUTSHELL: Honesty is the best policy. 

Image from Flickr user casually_cruel 

7. 11 SUPERFOODS TO BOOST YOUR HEALTH [LIST]

The World Wide Web is abuzz with talk of "superfoods" in recent years - and Goodnet is no exception. This list gives the down low on how much of them you need to eat to get benefits, and what they actually do for you.
IN A NUTSHELL: Keep it colorful.

Illustrative photo by Flickr user Lawrence OP

8. 5 WEBSITES THAT WILL MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE

Productivity, time management and efficiency at work were strong themes in online content in 2013, and they certainly flow over into the world of doing good, too. We all experience those moments in which we need a bit of a push - whether it’s to be more organized, efficient or to turn our ideas into realities. This list delivers five of the best sources to increase your productivity, including life hacks and tips, and apps to make lists and form new habits.
IN A NUTSHELL: Getting stuff done leaves more time for fun.

Image from Flickr user Leif (Bryne)

9. 5 WEBSITE THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH YOUR HEART OUT

Everyone loves to laugh - it’s as simple as that. This list of websites offers a collection of some of the best good, clean fun from across the web – and inspired many a Goodnet reader to take a few minutes off work for a good giggle.
IN A NUTSHELL: Funny is good. 

Photo by Flickr user Antimidia

10. THE UNDERWEAR THAT'S CHANGING THE WORLD 

While of course the word “underwear” probably caught a few eyes along the way, it was the sustainable, environmentally-conscious message of PACT that sent this article spiralling around the web. The social enterprise produces organic clothing like underwear, socks and T-shirts in sweatshop-free facilities - perfect for last-minute holiday gifts.
IN A NUTSHELL: Who knew underwear could be so good?

Screenshot: PACT

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