Doing Good & Being Nice

Inspiration. You can find bushels and bushels of it on the Internet. Websites and blogs featuring the positive aspects of everyday living have blossomed and expanded over the years. Here are just a few I found in the past week.

Serendipity Factory ( Its mission is “to be a resource for encouragement and inspiration.” And that they do, by sharing uplifting quotes, featuring “Happy Discoveries,” sharing “Anti-woe Wednesday,” and providing a place on the ‘Net that works to make the world a brighter place. So, if you are feeling in the dumps, log on to the Serendipity Factory to find the formula for cheering up.

Have Fun Do Good ( This is one destination that will link you with ideas and projects to make the world a better place. Find like-minded fans here.

Operation Nice ( You can spend a good deal of time browsing all the features of this site, but the time spent here can be worth it. This website was mentioned in a recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, although I found it through a link. The objective of Operation Nice is simple: it wants to encourage people to be proactively nice, and it provides fun and creative ideas for accomplishing that mission.

In addition to handing out nice “assignments,” it features news, sites, tips, people, and other pages devoted to being nice. Under a category named “stuff,” a short article describes the I-phone application, Do Good. It keeps track of stats and more, and Apple users can brag about something that, as far as I am aware, does not yet exist for other smart phones. Not nice.Another feature of the site allows you can print out little cards filled with inspirational quotes or tips and tuck them into library books or leave them in spots for others to find.

Secret Agent ( The secret agent here specializes in anonymous acts of kindess an day brightening. If you sign up to become one, you will be sent a special assignment to complete. If you just plan on browsing around this blog, you can come up with some of your own creative ideas for spreading cheer. If you have been on the receiving end of a Secret Agent project, you can log on to leave a record of your find.

Artsyville ( This is focused on one artistic soul’s journey devoted to finding inspiration in everyday things. Aimee, the blogger, describes herself as a creative doodler, and as you will discover, she indeed is. Follow her blog to capture the spirit of Aimee’s exploration of her world.

Awesome Chocolate Sculptures ( Huh? You’re thinking this is a nonsequitor? Well then, when is chocolate not an inspiration? This is where I began my own odyssey uncovering inspiring sites this week, I’ll have you know. Now, if I could just get my hands on the chocolate computer keyboard….

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on September 2, 2009.

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