When it comes to videos and articles on the subject of positivity, I feel that things can get very wishy-washy very quickly. All too often, it can end up on the New Age side of things, with some smug, self-styled wannabe guru spewing out lazy, dismissive, pseudo advice, which has neither substance nor practical Real Life applicability. Alternatively, you can find yourself confronted with yet another well meaning but painfully oversimplistic, cliched “look in the mirror and say ‘I love you!'” type peptalk that makes you want to throw things or up or both. Either way, such “advice” can leave you feeling pretty far from positive. And that’s a bit shit.
These two videos that I’m posting below are absolutely NOT like that at all, which is why I’m suggesting them to anybody with a spare half-hour or so who might be feeling the need for something that warms the heart instead of the gallbladder. These vids are not only refreshingly free of bullshit, they also feature really inspiring, unpretentious human beings who genuinely love what they do.
The first video is a Ted Talk by Barbara Sher. I watched this a week or so ago, and it really inspired me. Barbara Sher is a delight, and if I saw her in the street I’d probably run up and hug her (after asking permission and apologising for my forwardness, of course!). Her talk gave me a laugh, food for thought, and hope (especially regarding human kindness and generosity). All things I’m most definitely up for any time.
We need more of this stuff. We need to hear more stories about people helping one another. It happens! Good things happen all the time, but we rarely get to hear about them. Yes, bad things happen too, but if that’s ALL we ever hear about, ( I’m looking at YOU, mainstream media..) then we forget about the human potential for kindness, compassion, and empathy. As a result, instead of looking out for one another, we close off and embrace the old “dog-eat-dog” competition mentality, which is, in my opinion, destructive, unproductive, and severely outdated.
The second video is something I watched just this evening. It’s by the infinitely loveable Martin Molin, who I’ve mentioned on here before. I’m not just posting it because Martin radiates goodness so intensely that I get the same feeling watching him that I would if I got to cuddle baby sea otters all day, then went home afterwards only to discover that my cat could suddenly play scrabble. I’m also posting it for the fact that the Wintergatan fan community seem like a big bunch of sweethearts who get really excited about creativity and problem solving, then network to find solutions in a harmonious, non-competitive way. There are several WW videos I’ve seen now which demonstrate this networking, and it’s really lovely to see such cooperation and shared excitement. It’s also just really nice to hear MM’s views on creativity, connection, and mainstream media, which resonate so strongly with my own sentiments- and clearly, the sentiments of many others out there.
Although Barbara’s video demonstrates connection in a different way to Martin’s, both share the same idea of banding together to create solutions in a creative, positive, unselfish way, and also suggest what might be achieved if such practices are applied on a larger scale.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough now. The videos get their points across much better than I can! If you do get a little bit of time, give them a looky. If they gave me some hopeful feels, maybe they will do so for you too.
Lotsa love xx