The Happiness Project
Grinches withstanding, Gretchen Rubin’s feel-good goal applies to everyone. The author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Project, Rubin made it to our list of the most influential people in health and fitness. She posts daily with practical advice on topics like clearing clutter, achieving ambitions, and finding love. This year’s challenge is (take a wild guess) to make 2012 a happier year— it’s harder than it looks, so start reading!
More than a blog, this guide to living a mindful life gets its name from the animal that never forgets. Founded by Waylon Lewis (also on our list of the top 100 influencers in health and fitness), the blog features everything that makes people think: opinions on yoga, recent scientific research, and inspiration from favorite children’s authors. There’s no B.S. either— writers aren’t afraid to make fun of New Age philosophy or veganism. (According to one writer, flatulence and “psych ward” symptoms are typical of new vegans.)
Leo Babauta, author of several self-help books, runs this blog on all things peace and happiness. Every post features simple steps readers can take to change bad habits, stop overeating, and start exercising. Babauta says it’s as simple as taking time to breathe— so quit suffocating and check out his tips.
Marc and Angel
For those who love reading lists, couple Marc and Angel share practical tips and tricks to improve our fitness, health, and happiness. From “28 Ways to Stop Complicating Your Life” to “30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself,” this wise duo provides readers with a hefty breadth of general self improvement advice.
The idea is simple: Get stuff done. Lifehacker’s got practical solutions to common problems, from advice on computer protection to tips on getting better sleep. Recent insights include: “Don’t pee on a jellyfish sting” and “use a hollow orange as a candle.” The ten-step solution to unrequited love? Who knows, they might tackle that next.
Healthy Is Always Better
Hailing from the Netherlands, the voice behind this blog gives thoughtful advice on healthy eating, inspirational quotes, and workout tips. Oh, did we mention she’s 15 years old? Wise beyond her years.
Fit is the New Beautiful
This New Zealand teen blogs about it all: motivational mantras, nutrition advice, and personal “things I’ve learned” posts that help others stay their happiest and healthiest selves.