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Intent Web Awards 2011 Is Coming! Nominate Your Favorite Website Today!

Dear Intent Community,

Next week, we are launching our second incarnation of the Intent Web Awards, our annual web award for recognizing the best online spaces that help you achieve your intention to lead a better life, whether it is in the areas of mental health, parenting, spirituality or serving others. Just like last year, the nominees for the Intent Web Awards are suggested by you and the winners are voted for with your votes! 

So without further ado, we are inviting all of you Intent community members to nominate your favorite website, blog, and online community in any of the ten categories listed below: 

Parenting

Sex & Relationships

Sustainability

Spirituality

Yoga & Fitness

Diet & Healthy Eating

Health & Healthy Living

Happiness

Career

Get Involved

Nominating a website (you can nominate yourself!) to be considered for the final list of nominees is easy! Simply comment on this blog, share on our Facebook page or tweet to us @intentdotcom the website you wish to nominate for a specific category. Or if you are shy and don’t want to be public about the websites that rock your world, e-mail us your suggestions at editor@intent.com

You can nominate as many websites under as many categories as you wish!

(Winners from last year’s Intent Web Awards are not eligible; however, past nominees who did not win the final vote are definitely eligible).

See last year’s winners here.

We are taking nomination suggestions until the end of Tuesday, July 19 and voting for the final list of candidates will launch next week.

Looking forward to recognizing more amazing websites and blogs this year! Let’s get those nominations rolling.

Namaste,

The Intent Community

eHappiness: Top 5 Electronic Tools for Finding Joy in Life

1) “The Happiness Project” Email
Gretchen Rubin, author of New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, puts out a free daily email sharing lessons from her year spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is high-quality stuff. I love Rubin’s analytical mind and refusal to be Pollyannaish. She goes deeper in examining what brings about day-to-day peace as well as long-term fulfillment. You can sign up separately to receive a daily inspirational quote email, also good stuff.

2) “The Happiness Project” Toolbox

If you really get into the principles espoused in Rubin’s book and blog, you can create your own happiness project. The Happiness Project Toolbox can help. It’s a website offering a free collection of eight tools: Resolutions, Group Resolutions, Personal Commandments, Inspiration Board, Lists, One-Sentence Journal, Secrets of Adulthood, and Happiness Hacks. The best part about the site is that it allows you to collaborate with others. Studies show we’re more likely to attain our goals when we make them public and enlist support.

3) Values.com Email
The non-profit Foundation for a Better Life will send you a free daily quote if you sign up at their website, values.com. I find these quotes truly helpful and unusual, rarely sappy or cheesy. They inspire me to be compassionate, adventuresome, generous, and to think beyond life’s everyday stressors.

4) “Live Happy” App

Live Happy is a positive psychology iPhone app developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the book The How of Happiness and psych professor at UC Riverside. It includes activities in categories ranging from expressing gratitude to savoring beautiful moments to setting goals. You can take a survey to determine which activities you should focus on first. My only complaint is that I wish the app pushed out reminders to you to accomplish your goals, such as filling out your gratitude journal daily. And it does cost $9.99, but that seems a small price to pay for happiness (and a lot cheaper than a single therapy session!).

5) “Track Your Happiness” App
I like the Track Your Happiness iPhone app because it: a) Pings you throughout your day (by text or email) and asks you to evaluate your level of happiness given the activity that you’re performing at that moment (eg, hanging out with a friend, exercising, working); and b) Gives you personalized feedback on what actually makes you happy—or unhappy. The Happiness Report it generates after you’ve completed 50 surveys is not full of pat suggestions for all humankind, but rather recommendations based on your scientifically collected data. And oh, by the way, the information you submit also helps Harvard psychologist Dr. Matt Killingsworth with his research on happiness.

Also, don’t forget that simply expressing gratitude daily is one of the most effective ways to boost your happiness. Read my blog about the top 5 Gratitude apps.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Travis Isaacs

It’s Not Unpossible: 7 Non-Trashy Non-Celeb Websites That Make For Good Brain Food

For every time I get sucked into clicking through another trashy celeb-related photo slideshow on The Huffington Post (I never learn), I try to balance my internet-surfing with some thought-provoking, intelligent content that replinishes at least half of the dead brain cells that shriveled away with every new picture of Lindsay Lohan sitting in the courtroom with her "fuck you" manicure.

Yes, I know. Waaaay easier said than done.

Which is why it’s important to celebrate online blogs, websites and communities that actually find an audience based on original, intelligent, creative content. I love me my crass celebrity gossip and bullshit horoscopes of the day, but I also love learning really wacky things about human psychology. Or innovative ways technology is helping improve the lives of people in impoverished countries. Or how visual language continues to evolve in how we consume information.

Here’s to online brain food, in alphabetical order, that doesn’t always stoop to the lowest common denominator. Also, I would love to hear your favorite online destinations for nourishing your curiosity as a passionate lifelong learner. School may be out for the summer, but fun learning never stops! 

Big Think. Steal the knowledge of the world’s biggest thinkers via essays, videos and articles across every field imaginable.

Boing Boing. The ultimate information porn for nerds and geeks. This blog is a never-ending reward of cool information nuggets pulled from all over the web, mixing in absurdity, profundity and relevant current events told from an interesting angle. Cat stealing women’s undewear? Jesus’s face spotted at a Canadian water park? Random video animation of street graffiti? I dig.

GOOD.is. Interested in doing the world some GOOD? Learn everything you need to know about helping do some good in the world through interesting articles, relevant videos, and their eyecandy infographics about the latest hot-topic issues. In addition to being an online destination for the do-gooder in you, GOOD is also a quarterly magazine with 100% of your subscription fee going to a charity or cause of your choice.

Information Is Beautiful. An ongoing curation of the latest and best infographics visualized into some cool eye candy. With information and data getting more and more complex, today’s visual thinkers are coming up with more and more challenging and innovative ways to convey statistics in graphical form. Even creation myths across different cultures can be summed up into a graphic composed of colorful symbols.

 Ode Magazine (www.odemagazine.com). Its slogan speaks for itself: "The online community for Intelligent Optimists." Tackling many social issues and current events from climate change to alternative medicine, Ode focuses on not just the problem ailing humanity, but the innovative solutions that the world’s pioneering scientists, human rights activisitsts, artists and everyday people are coming up with to make the world a better place for everybody. It isn’t every day you find a news site that makes you feel more intelligent AND more optimistic for humanity.

Vanguard. Streaming for free on Hulu.com, four news correspondents tackle challenging topics in their "no-limits" documentary series ranging from the cocaine mafia in Italy to the high levels of sexual assault taking place in Native American reservations across America. Every episode is an unforgettable rude awakening of what is going on in the world right this second.

WNYC – Radiolab. What happens in the afterlife? Do animals have souls? Do human limits exist? Podcasts about scientific curiosities combined with big philosophical questions, all condensed into hour-long episodes that can make your next long car ride or house-cleaning session a fun and enlightening experience.

Not in the mood for smarty stuff? Check out a list of 8 silly and absurd internet blogs for some major LOL.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / kalidoskopika

Celebrity Cheaters: Why I’m Over Them & 10 Better Things To Do Than Read About Them On The Internet

There are a number of things that are annoying about our present day pop culture and what is considered "news worthy". I don’t particularly believe Kate Gosselin appearing on Dancing With the Stars is necessarily an appropriate piece for a "Parenting" headline nor do I care to hear anymore about Lindsay Lohan’s career woes. But I’m not here to try to stop the public’s insatiable appetite for shallow, star struck escapism or go as far as to say you’ll never catch me lackadaisically flipping through an issue of US Weekly at the nail salon because, let’s face it, sometimes it takes a while for your toes to dry.

I’m just here is just to throw an idea out there, you know, into the universe and hope it is well received.

Can we all just stop talking about all these celebrity dudes cheating?!

That’s it! That’s really all I want. Yes, keep plastering photos of Lady Gaga’s latest getup for a nineteen hour flight. I’ll take Justin Bieber smiling at me from every check out at the market. Heck, I will even stomach Heidi Montag’s boobs but for the love of LOLCats can we please stop talking about Tiger, Jesse, Dave, Jon and every other jerk-off who is ruining his marriage in the limelight?!

First of all, it is so incredibly disrespectful to the soon to be ex-wives. Take the most painful experience of life and imagine everyone not only knowing about it and talking about it but also publishing their opinions on it. Take that and put it on top of the already excruciating process of divorce, which can be messy and take months to finalize, and you’ve got yourself a nicely packaged possible mid-life crisis without the proper emotional maturity and support. Not saying Ellin is going to go off the deep end, but c’mon guys, I’m sure we can’t imagine the kind of weight on her shoulders.

Secondly, is this really a new development?Um, no. Celebrity infidelity is old hat; it’s just people didn’t used to be able to get reality shows for homewrecking.

Thirdly, now, on every dang website, there is some quiz or article about  Are You The Sandra Bullock Of Your Relationship? Great. Now I have a bunch of trend riding bloggers giving me ambiguous questions to apply to my relationship. Yes, my boyfriend DOES have a password on his iPhone! It’s not that it’s his work phone that may have important emails or something like that, no definitely not, he’s definitely HIDING SOMETHING! Oh, my goodness, HE DID GET A NEW CAR! It wasn’t because the muffler was detached and it was about to explode, it was definitely because HE IS OUT IMPRESSING THE LADIES!

All it is doing is creating a paranoia amongst women, stressing us out, making us overanalyze more than we already do, checking his underwear drawer and screeching down the hall at sweetheart Dan, "WHEN DID YOU SWITCH TO BOXER BRIEFS?!" when they were just simply on sale last time he went to pick you up tampons at Target. 

You may be saying, "well, then don’t read it" which is valid. I don’t read them although as a blogger, my job is to know what the public is interested in. Unfortunately, this is it and I am constantly subjected to these headlines and the thoughts that are circulating through the media. I believe that on a higher level of consciousness it is unhealthy for a person, let alone an entire population, to focus on these infidelities.

You may now be saying, "oh great, now here is where she gets new agey" but I’ll spare you the spiel because I don’t think I need it here. I don’t think anyone out there is really thinking to themselves "Yes, flipping through Tiger Woods’ mistress photo albums on People.com is a valuable use of my time", or at least I hope not. 

In hopes people are siding with me and think it’s all very disgusting, disheartening & disrespectful, here is a list of things I find devastatingly cooler & more fun than cheating celebrities for you to check out while you’re on the internet. 

Note:  I’m not saying these are all "valuable uses" of your time on the internet but the truth is I’m not your mom. I’m not here to tell you to get back to work or buff up on your Health Care Reform knowledge. I’m just here to say that if you’re going to look around leisurely, the internet is a big place. Don’t just stop at every Ed Hardy print ad of Jon Gosselin you see.

1. New iPhone "Lost" & Sold To Gizmodo – Alright, so for all of you who need scandal, here you go. Last week, an unreleased iPhone was "lost" at a bar and sold to Gizmodo. Not only is the phone super sweet, but then there was this saga about whether or not Gizmodo would be in trouble for possibly buying STOLEN GOODS! DUN DUN DUNNN!!! Alright, maybe this is just for my tech friends but you have to admit this sounds better than listening to Tiger’s mistresses talk on Maury. Not sure if they’ve been on Maury yet, that just might be some of my flashes into the future coming through. Check out the Gizmodo iPhone story here.

2. South Park versus Revolution Muslim – Recently, Matt Stone & Trey Parker had an episode that featured the Prophet Muhammad dressed up in a bear suit. Now the website Revolution Muslim is predicting (but not threatening) that the creators will be murders much like Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Get the whole story at the NY Times.

I’m not really into "scandals" so here’s just another eight things I think are wayyy cooler than Perez Hilton musings.

3. Pitchfork’s Forkcast – Every day Pitchfork.com posts new songs, most of them free for download, on a little part of their site called The Forkcast. Next time you feel like reading about Sandra’s New Heart Ache you should go get some new music for your iPod.

4. StumbleUpon – A website that takes all your interests and then directs you to random websites based on those interests, which saves you a lot of Google time plus puts you on to tons of things you may have never even found in the vast see of webs. For Mozilla, they even have a toolbar so anytime you’re tempted to see what Jon’s last girlfriend said on her Twitter, you can just click away! CLICK AWAY FROM THE GOSSIP! CLICK AWAY! Check out StumbleUpon.com here.

5. The Daily What – This Tumblr has the top links, viral videos, pictures and everything else throughout the day. Good for news and or LOLz, The Daily What is a great place to light heartedly stay up to speed with the internet.

6. Cute Overload – If I need to explain to you why adorable little animals are better than reading tired out editorials about Jesse James’ tattooed lovers then fine. Go ahead. Read exactly what you read yesterday ran through a thesaurus. Or you can go look at kittens and smile! Puppies make the world a happier place! C’mon! Check out Cute Overload.

7. Molls – If you need some sort of "celebrity" to obsess over, why don’t you pick one that is awesome like internet celebrity Molly McAleer. Molly, who mostly goes by Molls, is a hilarious, funny, intelligent blogger (mostly of Defamer, er, fame) who is the face of the millennials, basically. She reads the paper daily, is down with your favorite pop stars and will make you laugh your face off with her Tumblr entries. Molls was one of the New York Times’ top Twitters to follow so you know the girl is doing something right.  Check out Molls’ Tumblr.

8. FFFOUND! – Addicted to pictures? FFFOUND! is one of the best places to get them! Users find and add images, making it an eclectic place full of long lost old polaroids, fashion spreads, new design ideas and just about anything else you could want a picture of. Join and start your own collection of things you’ve found right here!  

9. Knight Cat – For those with fashion fever, check out premiere fashion blogger Knight Cat. Knight Cat shows off the latest from the runways and from magazines, with beautiful spreads as well as must have looks! 

10. Cracked – Next time you’re slacking off at work, take a gander at the hilarious blogs this website gets from submitting readers with lists from "6 Things Men Do To Get Laid That Science Says Turn Women Off" to "The Seven Most Soul-Crushing TV Series Finales", Cracked is sure to get a couple chuckles out of you.



I’m just sorry I can’t help you at the supermarket too. 

 

April 2, 2009 Best of the INTENTernet: Eat, Pray, DANCE

I hope everyone has been enjoying the energy articles that have been generated (har har) from this week’s theme on keeping up your energy.

Sometimes we don’t want to read about keeping up our energy. We just gotta feel it with our senses! 

This video was recently e-mailed to me from a very fab friend of mine who loves Tina Turner. Can you believe this woman is already 69?! I mean, dayam. No excuse for the rest of us.

Now this following video is fairly old news for the lot of you who are already TED Talk followers. This was the first Ted Talk video I ever saw, and it so happened to be a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray Love fame on how we should treat our creative energy as external divine forces than a narcissistic excuse to pump our own egos. This makes me such a chick, but I love this woman and listening to her speak was so energizing! 

 

This blog post on origami paper crane decorations made me happy as a kid. On a deeper note, this blog post from The Art of Noncomformity on truly living your life purpose made me happy to be an adult (sort of) out of the college bubble.

Oh, heck. We can’t avoid the recession-related  news even if we tried. But thankfully, they don’t all have to be depressing or downright boring. 

Here’s an extremely clever and visually eye-popping educational video on why we are stuck in this mess right now.



I’m going to end this INTENTernet round-up with a link to an article from The New York Times on the Unemployed Olympics recently held in East Village. I’m serious, and no, it’s not a belated April Fool’s joke.

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