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Developing a Mindset for Social Good

This post is by Angela Irvin of Chrysalides.

Social Good, a term often used by organizations, refers to the ideals and actions that promote a greater benefit for society. In addition to being socially responsible for the societal and environmental effects of their products and services, many organizations become involved with social issues for which they provide philanthropic solutions.

However, we should be reminded that organizations are not inorganic entities; they are human collectives, comprised of individuals. Therefore, the foundation for social good actually starts with the individual.

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The concept of social good goes beyond the idea of simple charity. It is an encompassing mindset that stems from an empathetic desire to improve the human condition. However, empathy alone will not lead to a mindset for social good, nor will it always compel an individual to take action.

There are several concepts that are common (and perhaps necessary) in the belief systems of people with a social good mindset.

Interconnectedness

Interconnectedness is a worldview that is rooted in Buddhist philosophy. It is the belief that everything on earth is interrelated, and nothing exists independent of relationships to other things.

A social good mindset embraces the understanding that a problem affecting one segment of society will ultimately affect the whole of society. We are also connected in the sense that each individual reflects the humanness of every other individual. This is the basis of empathy, which allows us to see ourselves in others.

Interconnectedness also applies to our surroundings. Humans are inextricably interdependent with the environment. Abuse of its resources, or disregard for the creatures that exist within it, triggers a domino effect that ultimately affects human life.

Assets vs. limitations

Consider the following quote:

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”—Edward Everett Hale

The key point is not to devalue ourselves by focusing on limitations. Instead, acknowledge the value of what we do have to offer. Even if limited financially, we have natural strengths and talents—which in themselves are valuable. Therefore, every person on earth has a charitable asset base.

The social good mindset is not deterred by limitations, because there is always an asset to offer. In other words, we should do what we can with what we have – and if we can’t do a lot, then do a little.

No action is too small

We don’t need give a grand performance in order to make a difference; small actions matter. Many people are deterred from acting due to the erroneous belief that their actions are too small to make a difference. However, it is important to think in terms of collective actions and understand that small actions contribute to a larger cause.

For example, if we visualize the vastness of an ocean, one act can be likened to a drop. However, though only a drop, each drop is a necessary component of the whole. Therefore, to understand the impact of a drop, simply imagine the outcome if there were no drops—the ocean would cease to exist.

The social good mindset is not concerned with the size of an act. In addition to the power of collective actions, we should remember that in the ocean, even a lone raindrop makes a ripple.

Spheres of influence

Whether we realize it or not, we influence the world on a daily basis. The social good mindset recognizes that regardless of occupation or social position, each of us is centered within a personal sphere of influence.

We’ve undoubtedly influenced many, even if only by sharing our experiences and insights. Kind actions tend to have a ripple effect, and we should keep in mind that our actions are often paid forward without us realizing it.

Internal locus of control

A high sense of internal control is vital to the social good mindset.

A person with an internal locus of control believes that success or failure is within their personal control and is determined by their skill and effort. By contrast, individuals with a high external locus of control believe that success or failure is determined by something outside of themselves, such as fate, luck, or powerful others.

In a recent study,* researchers compared the personality variables of Holocaust heroes (non-Jewish civilians who risked their lives to save others) to the traits of bystanders who offered no assistance. The study found that those who risked their lives to save persecuted neighbors had a higher sense of internal control than those who did not offer assistance. Additionally they found that those with an internal locus of control also possessed a stronger sense of social responsibility.

A person with a social good mindset believes they can accomplish great things through their own efforts, and they don’t wait for someone else to save the day.

Sense of purpose

The most important characteristic of the social good mindset is that it stems from a sense of purpose. Purpose is the primary motivation for the social good mindset. It shapes our thinking and guides our actions toward higher goals. When our purpose directs us toward social good, we become energized toward that pursuit. Therefore, we don’t look for reasons of why we can’t do something; we see only that we must do something.

Finally, the social good mindset doesn’t ponder the reasons for human existence, because it intuits the following answer:

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”—Steve Jobs

How many of the listed characteristics and beliefs do you embrace in your own life? What other characteristics do you think are important?

*Reference: Midlarsky, E., Fagin Jones, S. and Corley, R. P. (2005), Personality Correlates of Heroic Rescue During the Holocaust. Journal of Personality, 73: 907–934

Angela Irvin is motivational blogger with a background in psychology and philosophy. Her writings stress the themes of thought-awareness, personal development, and purposeful living. She holds a degree in Health Administration and is currently pursuing an additional degree in Clinical Psychology. You can read more of her articles at her blog, Chrysalides, or in the Happiness Community on Wellsphere.com.

FeelGooder Asks: What Are You Finishing?

The news today that the US has declared an end to the war in Iraq is undoubtedly a relief for millions around the world. It’s quite the festive gift.

Regardless of your position on this war, or war in general, this news raises questions about endings. Sometimes endings are sad, and sometimes they’re not. So I’m curious:

What are you finishing?

Have you noticed how people rush to finish things by the end of the year? I’ll bet you have plenty you’re finishing up at work, or school, or even in social or interest groups. How does that feel?

This year I’ve finished a major chapter in my life by changing the nature of some important relationships with people I love. This has been a great challenge, and a long one, and has required some significant changes.

The one thing it’s really brought home to me, though, is that the saying “when one door closes, another opens” is true. I really hate that saying, because I’m not great at letting go of things that matter to me. But this year I learned that to open new doors, you don’t necessarily need to let things go: you can transform them (not always easy, I know) and in so doing create an opportunity for a new door to open.

So I’m finishing a chapter of confusion and frustration. I’m already getting the impression that the door that’s opening involves more warmth, sponteneity, and fun. Is this a good ending? Why yes, yes it is.

What are you finishing? Let me know in the comments.

FeelGooder Asks: What’s Your Secret for Surviving the Silly Season?

The festive shopping-and-socialising silly season usually hits its stride at this point in the month. How are you holding up? It’s usually somewhere around now that I start to feel like I need to escape the whirl of conspicuous over-consumption and take time out to recharge.

So I thought I’d ask you:

What’s your secret to surviving the silly season?

My secret generally involves carving out some “me time” from the pre-Christmas rush and panic. There are a few tricks that I use to do this.

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The garden is a good escape from silly season stress

The first is to spend some time doing something that’s not commercial or related to the festive season in any way. I might go for a bush walk, for example, spend the afternoon in the garden, or head to the bath or the hammock with a good book.

For those few hours, I can ignore the fact that it’s the festive season, avoid the expectation that I should be frantically baking or shopping or gift-wrapping or carol-singing, and just chill out.

Another good antidote is to say “no” to something—a party invitation, a free sample offered by a well-meaning shop assistant, a demand for answers about the gift list or my schedule.

It might sound odd, but I find the festive season is usually crammed with obligations. They’re fun, sure—but they’re still obligations. Saying “no” to something is a good way to claw back some sense of choice and control, even on a small level. It can also give me more time to relax!

They’re my secrets to surviving the silly season. What are yours? Share them with us in the comments.

FeelGooder’s 7 Ways to FeelBetter


The spring cleaning’s got your house in order. But what about you?

Don’t you deserve a little attention, too?

7 ways feelbetter.png7 Ways to Feelbetter is the pick-me-up you need—and just in time for summer!

Join the 7-day Challenge

This ebook presents a seven-day challenge designed to give you a fresh perspective on seven crucial aspects of your wellbeing:

  1. Exercise
  2. Save
  3. Connect
  4. Eat
  5. Act
  6. Play
  7. Think

Over 36 information-packed pages, 7 Ways to FeelBetter guides you through a process of reflection, consolidation, and planning in each area.

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What’s inside?

The ebook’s chapters help you to focus on seven foundations of your wellbeing:

  • Fitness
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Food
  • Social good
  • Fun
  • Mental wellbeing

Each chapter combines:

  • a series of reflective questions that’ll help you home in on your feelings and attitudes around each topic
  • insight, tips, and first-hand advice from the FeelGooder authors
  • inspirational ideas for taking positive action within your daily life
  • real-world resources you can use to make lasting changes in each area
  • planning worksheets that guide you to explore your deepest desires—and identify practical pathways to make them a reality.

Go deep, or keep things light: this flexible ebook can easily be adapted to your unique goals, desires, and interests.

Reignite the fire. Refresh your approach. And live a richer life, starting today.

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Who’s it for?

This ebook has been designed for anyone who wants to take a more considered approach to their wellbeing.
If you:

  • feel you could be getting more out of life
  • haven’t ever given much through to some of the areas listed above
  • wish things were different
  • aren’t sure what’s next for you
  • want to make sure you make the most of every opportunity (including the ones you don’t recognize right now)

…this ebook can help you get there.

Whether you’re stuck in a rut, or you just want to live it up, 7 Ways to FeelBetter will help you reassess, regroup, and reconnect with the world around you.

Wouldn’t that make the summer a whole lot more fun?

What others are saying about 7 Ways to FeelBetter

leo-100.jpg“This book simplifies the essential principles of living a better life into small actionable steps. These habits have changed my life, and this book will change yours.”

Leo Babauta, author of Zen Habits.

MIA-FREEDMAN-100.jpg“For anyone who has ever found themself thinking “I’m stuck” or “Is this it?”, you need to read 7 Ways to FeelBetter. It’s fast and easy to read and yet it can make a profound difference to the way you think about your life. And live it.”

Mia Freedman, publisher at Mamamia.com.au

Meg-100.jpg “This ebook is like a pot of warm, melting chocolate… from the time you lay your eyes on it, all you want to do is devour it! Each chapter is smoothly and deliciously filled with thoughtful, inspirational pieces of wisdom, allowing you to reflect, refocus and reinvigorate.”

Meg Filip, Executive Coach and Trainer from megfilip.com

jonathan-100.jpg7 Ways to FeelBetter is a fast and easy reminder to pay attention to what matters and and jumpstart the areas of your life that make the biggest difference in how you experience every day.”

Jonathan Fields, author from jonathanfields.com

Sarah-Wilson-100.jpgFeelBetter isn’t just an ebook, it’s a kit, replete with inspiration notepad and critical resources all in one mouse click. The key to self-betterment is building up patterns of behavior, one small change at a time. FeelBetter taps into this notion and invites active engagement, to ensure the habits stick. Clever!”

Sarah Wilson from sarahwilson.com.au

Feel better—starting now!

Seize the day—and make it your own for just $9.99 USD today.

Download your copy of 7 Ways to FeelBetter now, and start the journey to feeling better.

Of course, if you’re not satisfied with the ebook after 30 days, just let me know and I’ll refund your money—that’s how confident I am that this resource will give you a fresh perspective, and the tools to make valuable changes to your wellbeing.

Feeling Better yet? We thought you might be!

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FeelGooder Asks: What Weirds You Out?

My week has been 100% weird. I know that sounds dramatic—it may be a slight exaggeration—but it made me wonder:

What weirds you out?

Don’t get me wrong: sometimes, weird is good. Sometimes, it’s not, but sometimes, weird is fine. This week, for example, things seemed to be going my way, but not as I’d intended. Weird. I mean, what is that? How can things go your way, but not as you’d intended?

To be honest, I was wavering on last week’s motivation to take a course so I could learn to teach English and thinking maybe I shouldn’t commit myself to a new course of study. More honesty: I’d vowed some years ago never to undertake another formal qualification, unless it was purely for fun (I really hated school).

I started out wanting to study this course so I could improve my overseas travel potential. Of course, in the back of my mind it seemed entirely logical for a writer to study the way English is taught—especially a writer of educational materials. And suddenly I was thinking about breaking my little old vow. Hmm.

But as the days passed I started wondering if that was such a good idea (I really hated school). Maybe I should give it more thought, put it off, see how I felt in a few months’ time. This started seeming like a good idea. The course is pretty expensive, and, after all, I really hated school.

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Meanwhile, in the background, I was pitching an article to a magazine about a social issue, and hoping that I could write something that would bring attention to an issue I cared deeply about. I’d been looking for an angle for ages, and then one popped up! Amazing! I pitched the article, and the magazine said yes! Even more amazing! Everything was rosy! …Until further research showed the premise for the piece to be unfounded. Darn.

So I was a bit disgruntled by the time I got into a taxi the other night and met an Indian whose grandfather, father, and brother are writers in India. He had excellent English, but explained that he was unlikely to pass his citizenship test because of his oral expression.

“But you’re a great English speaker!” I cried.
He shook his head.
“Not good enough,” he replied.

Suddenly, the idea of taking the language course was cast in a whole new light. I could help people with this, and use it make a difference on an issue I cared about. And so I realized that my vow was outdated, and I decided to take the course.

Like I said, weird. Some chance meeting makes me happily break a decade-long promise in the quest to help others? I think I found a path to fulfilment, but not in the places I was looking for it? Put like that, my life is beginning to sound more like a cheesy chick-flick than ever! And I hate cheesy chick-flicks! Weird.

What about you? What weirds you out?

The Giving Game: Embracing Social Change by Giving

This post is by Jacqueline Way of 365give.

As an at home mom and entrepreneur, I fell into the predictable lifestyle of family, work, grocery shopping, and cleaning, 24/7, and on call like a doctor. My world was becoming routine, my focus was narrowing, and I started to forget that there was a whole wide world out there.

Having a dedicated focus is a good thing, and thank goodness mine was healthy, but I was starting to feel that it was time to spread my wings. I wanted to feel a part of the global community and nurture a part of my spirit that had gone dormant—a spirit that my son could learn and benefit from.

I spent the next year or two experimenting and trying new things that would open up my world and enrich not only my life, but the life of my family, my clients, and others. My goal was to find one thing, something, that I could focus on which would re-ignite my flame—put that oomph in my step and add a little something to my routine. I defined the criteria that were important to me: effecting social change, participating in a larger community, exercising important personal values, and expanding my world without taking away from my family. A tall order, yes, but I have never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Experimenting with social change

I defined my personal areas of effectiveness, my challenges for reaching out to global communities (no time to travel and little computer skills), and where the need may be the greatest. I experimented with many different activities, thoughts, and ideas until my husband pointed out the obvious: I naturally was giving to my community, to my family, and global communities through my daily actions.

It was my “Ah ha!” moment. I am a giver, and I give every day, but I didn’t think that this natural reaction was that big idea, the social changer, the mountain mover.

Well, it is. All I had to do was formalize it and build intention.

Embracing giving

My journey made me realize that if my soulful needs were already being fulfilled and I was blind to it, then many others could be in the same position. My actions were important but the communication of the journey, discovery, and simplicity of this adventure seemed critical and the key to the success of giving. Embracing the concept of giving, consciously, gave me my mission: “To unleash the spirit of giving in others to change the world one day at a time.”

Taking a concept, and turning it into a social change mission has been a welcomed addition to who I am, what I do, and how I participate in my local and global community. My world opened up to me in a way that was positive, fulfilling and energizing. And it has grown into a ritual for my family, my clients and my friends. I KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) every day and see the wonderful effects of this movement more and more each day.

Each day we play the Giving Game (with a three-and-a-half-year-old, games work) and I find lots of places and people to give to on a daily basis. I write about the experiences daily on a new blog (big leap) and share my information through social media (even bigger leap). I have gone from being computer-timid to being a computer warrior. And now other people are learning how it feels to give each and every day in creative, fun and impacting ways.

How to play the Giving Game

Reach out to friends and family

Some of the greatest gifts can be to friends and family members who find it difficult to reach out. Make them a meal, take their kids for a play date, lend an ear, or do something to make their life a lot easier. Everyone has their struggles and giving does begin at home.

Look for a need in your neighborhood

Clean up your park, help out a single mom or dad, clean your clutter and donate it to those who could use it, or donate books to the local library.

Give to strangers

Pay for someone’s coffee, help someone who is lost with directions, smile at everyone you see, say good morning to people on the street, say thank you, and give compliments.

Donate to charity

Just $5 or $10 dollars can go a long way when you’re helping others. There are thousands of organizations that help others and rely on public donations to continue their work. Pick a charity a week, and send off your donation to effect change.

Volunteer

Volunteering is not a new concept and can be done on an ad hoc basis or with a longer intention. There are many online volunteer databases that highlight one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities through out the world. Start Googling—you’ll be surprised by the possibilities.

Participate in social giving

More and more organizations are finding quick ways for people to build momentum in social effectiveness through the click of a mouse. It’s a great way to feel a part of the community without taking time or money out of your day.

Giving is easy, but a forgotten quality that’s now enjoying a rebirth through communities. Giving with intention can build relationships, deeply affect others and change the world. What would happen if everyone conducted one give each and everyday? I am hoping to find out.

How do you give to others? And how does it make you feel? Share your stories in the comments.

Jacqueline Way is a mom, entrepreneur and author of an online diary, 365give, her giving platform to change the world, one person at a time, one day at a time.  This vehicle for giving has enabled her to put a focus, intention and purpose to her giving while inspiring her family to do the same.  It maintains her belief that ‘giving is good’ and will positively affect people, places and things when you give every day in creative and positive ways.

Feel Good Online? Feel Great Offline!

This guest post is by Jane Sheeba of Find All Answers.

I had to go offline for a week. I packed up my stuff. I scheduled blog posts for those days I’d be away. I packed a couple of books I’d purchased, knowing that it would be really hard for me to stay offline. I couldn’t check mails, there’d be no tweets or buzzing… Life is tough that way, I thought.

When I came back, I realized a great difference in myself: I felt a lot better and recharged. I’m not claiming that being offline is the ideal state for well being. But I certainly recommend offline periods for everyone at some frequency. Let me tell you the goodness I experienced.

My eyes

My eyes thanked me for the break. My everyday routine includes a lot of sitting in front of the laptop. I sit in front of a Linux computer at work (I work full time as a Research Scientist in the field of Medical Physics), and at home is my Windows 7 laptop. I almost always look into a computer monitor, since I work on my blog at home.

When I was offline I no longer had eye balls that hurt. I went to bed before my vision got blurry. My eyes did not scream out to me, asking me to blink. I felt that I have done good justice to my eyes, and I could do more in less time in front of the computer when I was offline, since I had a better vision.

The time I spent with my family and people

Being offline was like being without any perturbations from outside. While at home, I have all email notifiers turned on. I’ll be away from my laptop to clean my house or to put clothes in the washer, when I hear a ‘bing’ (the alert sound when a chat message or a email comes in). I briefly come to the laptop to see if it’s something important. I have wireless enabled and my android phone is on the Web. Even if I go to bedroom, I can’t avoid the ‘bing’. Or I go to the kitchen and boom—an idea pops into my head. I either rush to my laptop or pick up my phone to type it out online (I want my drafts to be in sync wherever I go).

I spend about 15% of my time with my family when I have Internet access at home. But when I was away I spent about 80% of my time with my family, relatives, and friends. I spent a lot of that talking to people face to face and I felt it a lot more realistic and refreshing compared to online socializing.

My back

Sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time is a curse. It takes a lot of practice to learn and implement the correct ergonomic postures. Even if most of us know the correct postures, we don’t take care to stick to them after some time, once we are working with full concentration. We cannot stop our body from changing postures. As we become more and more involved in our work, we take rather bad postures, doing harm to our back and neck.

Well, I am all saying ‘we’; even though I don’t know about all of you, I know this happens with most people.

I felt a lot firm and straight during the week when I was offline. I did not sit in my chair and lean forward. Actually I did not sit in a chair for the most part. I did a lot of walking and moving around, and my back felt so fresh. I never felt the ache that usually occurs at about bed time.

My productivity

I actually thought that since I was going offline I would kill a lot of my productive time. I worried if I could ever catch up at all with all the pending work that would have piled up on my return. To my surprise, the offline time was actually a productive break. I got super-productive and wrote an ebook in 4 days.

Surprisingly, I wrote this ebook in less than 20% of the time (I spent about 80% of the time on socializing, as I said earlier!). 20% of the time is far very little compared to the time I’d usually take, while online, to get this work done. I achieved something that would take about 15 to 20 days if I chose to do it on those days when I’m always online. The problem is the routine online stuff that distracts me from writing the ebook.

The other online things are not literally distractions—they’re other things that are either equally or more important than writing the ebook, but still they divert me from my writing (or what I am into, generally).

I am not saying that I am totally disorganized when I am online. Not at all! I do all my research and blogging work while being online. I have had no problems with my personal organization and productivity. But being online at least sets two expectations within me:

1. Sync with all servers (emails, drafts, and so on) or get updated.

2. Be alert not to get into online distractions. The very awareness to not get distracted while being online creates restlessness. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself.

My humble suggestion: take yourself offline once in a while and you’ll feel a great difference. Your body and mind will receive a great treat if you do so, and so will your productivity.

Jane writes on Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement at Find All Answers. She has a free ebook for you to grab.

Welcome to FeelGooder

Welcome to FeelGooder—a blog that has lived in my mind for years now, but which today becomes a reality.

I’ve been blogging for a number of years, and have always had as my number one goal to build sites that empower and equip people to improve in some area of their life. To this point, these blogs have had fairly narrow focuses—they’ve been about Photography, Twitter, and Blogging.

I’ve enjoyed these sites immensely but have always wanted to build a site with a broader focus that touched on other important “life topics”:

  • As a Dad with a young family,  I’d love to talk about and learn from others on topics like raising kids and being a good husband.
  • As a person with a growing home business, I’d love to connect with others who are on a similar path.
  • As a guy with a tummy a little too big for the rest of my body, I’d like to create a space where we can talk about issues of living more healthily.
  • As someone with a passion for making the world a better place, I’d love to be involved in a community that wasn’t just interested in self improvement, but in world improvement.

You get the picture. I want to be involved in a site that’s all about helping those who read (and write) it to lead lives that are everything that they can be.

This is not a site for me to tell you how to live—you wouldn’t want that! Rather, I hope it can be a place where we inform and inspire one another to not only Feel Good(er) but to Be Good(er).

In doing so I’m envisaging we’ll be touching on a lot of topics. Over the months and years ahead I suspect we’ll talk about everything from fitness and healthy living, to relationships, to emotional well being, to finance, to living generously, to parenting, to food, to productivity tips, and much, much more. But to start with we’ll focus upon five main categories:

  1. Health: fitness, diet, and emotional well being and more
  2. Relationships: family, friendship, romance, etc.
  3. Work: careers, entrepreneurship and developing skills for the workplace
  4. Finance: tips and stories to help look after the hip pocket
  5. Social Good: sustainable living, generosity, and making the world in a better place

To start with the site will run simply as a blog (with a mix of the above topics) but as we see what people write about and what ideas are resonating with those who read it, we hope to evolve the site and develop some regular columns and features.

Consider what we’re doing today a ‘soft launch’—something of a test to see what does and doesn’t work. I’m aiming for a fuller launch in January 2011.

Join the journey

If you’d like to journey with FeelGooder, there are a couple of ways you can do it.

1. Subscribe, follow, connect

For starters I’d love you to connect with FeelGooder by subscribing or following us in a way that suits your natural online rhythms. We have an email newsletter, an RSS feed, a Twitter account, and a Facebook page so far. Connect with the ones that fit with the way that you use the web.

2. Contribute

If you’d like to do more than follow what FeelGooder does—if you’d like to be a part of creating it—I’d love to hear from you. I’ve already lined up numerous contributors but I’m open to developing a team of people who are committed to the same sort of vision, and are interested in seeing where it might lead us.

Initially contributions will be accepted through voluntary guest posts, but as the site grows I’ll be looking to see how we can benefit those who contribute more than simply linking to their blogs and sites. If you’d like to contribute around some of the topics mentioned above, please make contact with any ideas you have for articles via our contact form.

Lastly – a big thanks to a few people including Lachlan Donald (server guru), Brian Gardner (who designed our theme based upon his Genesis framework) and Georgina Laidlaw (who will be editing FeelGooder) – as well as all the contributors who have already submitted posts and who are working on them.

I’m excited by the birth of FeelGooder today and hope that you’ll journey with us as we explore the possibilities of the site together. Stay tuned for our first post in the next hour or so!

Write for FeelGooder

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for FeelGooder.

FeelGooder is a site that relies upon the wisdom, insight and experience of its community to create content—we’d love to have you involved!

We get pitched a lot of guest posts, and we’re not able to use everything that’s submitted. We prefer posts that:

  • present a unique insight or perspective
  • shed a different light on a topic, or consider it from a fresh angle
  • take a practical approach that lets readers apply the information in their own lives, today.

We may decline to use your post because it fails to present information in a new way, because the topic lacks relevance for our readers, because we have more posts than we can use, or because we’ve published a number of posts on the topic recently.

To help you with your writing, to increase the chances of our being able to use your post, and to help us get your post ready for publishing on FeelGooder, we’ve put together a few guidelines and suggestions for you below.

In short, before you send us your submission, please make sure it:

  1. conveys quality, practical advice presented with FeelGooder readers in mind
  2. is able to be used exclusively at FeelGooder
  3. includes all the information—links, link text, etc.—you want the published version of your post to include
  4. links to credible third-party sources where appropriate
  5. infringes no copyright laws
  6. includes a headline, body text, and your byline.

Once your post is ready, submit it through our contact form. You can also pitch ideas there.

Exclusivity

Unless previously negotiated, we ask that the posts you submit to us are written exclusively for use by FeelGooder. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our hope is that posts that appear on FeelGooder don’t appear in the same form elsewhere.

Topics

Posts work best on FeelGooder that are relevant to my overall topic—practical inspiration for life. Of course there’s a lot of room to move in this overall topic. Anything that helps readers improve their enjoyment of life will be helpful.

FeelGooder readers love practical, empathetic advice. Give my readers information that they can apply in their own lives immediately, and you’ll be popular here. Even more theoretical posts that have something in them that readers can “do” rather than just “know” are good.

Topics in which we’re particularly interested right now include:

  • health
  • relationships
  • finance
  • work
  • social good

Voice

Some guest posters worry about what voice or style to write in. Ultimately this is up to you. We encourage you to bring your own voice to your post.

Formatting and markup

Feel free to submit your content in Word or plain text format. It’d be great if you could also follow these points in preparing your post for us.

  • Please don’t use bold font in your post’s prose.
  • Subheadings: wrap any subheadings in your post in <h2> tags, or simply bold them so they stand out.
  • Links: if you want to mark up a link and link text using HTML, by all means do so. Otherwise, include the URL in brackets within the prose, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link text.

Please do include everything you want to have included with your post in your submission. If you want to include links, paste them in the spot where you want them to go. If you want to use particular link text, tell us. Don’t assume we’ll know what information you want, and where: tell us clearly.

A note on links to your own blog…

If it’s relevant to the topic you’re writing about, you’re welcome to link back to your blog within the post. Keep in mind that this relevancy is very important. If we feel your post includes too many links back to your own blog, we may remove them, or reject the post. We don’t mind promoting you, but subtlety often works best. A high-quality, helpful post will get people checking out who you are more effectively than will lots of links back to your blog.

Post length

Your post should be as long as you need it to be in order to convey your message. We publish posts that vary greatly in length. Anything goes—length isn’t a factor, but quality is. Stick with your own style and voice, and choose a length that sits well with you.

Editing

All posts that appear on FeelGooder are edited. We rarely edit them heavily, but we will change titles, rework openings or conclusions, or correct grammar and spelling.

Don’t be offended by this—we’re just trying to make every post we publish as successful as possible. We also know what generally works well with our audience.

Occasionally, we’ll send a post back to you with suggested additions, omissions, or changes. This generally suggests we feel the post could be further enhanced in ways that go beyond some basic editing.

Our hope is that we get a post that hits the mark with the readership—that’s good for you as the author, good for FeelGooder readership, and good for the blog as a whole.

Byline

You’ve worked to give us great content, so let us help you promote you. We want to highlight you, your blog, or any product or service that you have to offer. This is largely done in your byline.

Bylines should contain a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to two links in it. Some guests include a link to an RSS feed here, which can convert well. Your byline will appear at the bottom of your post, but we’ll also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the post.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via our contact form and we’ll do our best to answer them. Also please submit your article ideas via that form. Thanks for your involvement with FeelGooder.

About Us

Welcome to FeelGooder, a site that aims to publish daily tips to equip and inspire you in life—wherever it may take you.

My name is Darren Rowse and I’ve been blogging for eight years now. I’ve loved helping people learn about photography and blogging (among other topics) but have always wanted to have a blog that covered a wider range of topics, and is relevant to individuals pursuing a full life.

FeelGooder is an attempt at just that. This blog is dedicated to creating daily content on topics like health, relationships, social good, work and finance—to help those who read (and write) it be informed and inspired in those areas.

The site will present contributions from a variety of authors. You’re invited to be a part of it either as a reader, commenter, or even an author.

FeelGooder is still in its early days and it will no doubt evolve in the coming months, but I’d love to connect with you either via our newsletter (subscribe at the top of the sidebar), Twitter or Facebook accounts, or via RSS. Connect with us today and watch FeelGooder grow.