9 inspirational websites for when life gets you down

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  • The Internet can be an awful place. It's littered with foul language, inappropriate images and seemingly endless bad news. Luckily, there's a lighter side to the Internet full of warmth, goodness and hope. When you're having a bad day, for whatever reason, check out some of these websites. They'll help.

  • 1. The Nicest Place on the Internet

  • When you're down in the dumps, spend a few minutes on this website. You'll be greeted by a constant stream of random people that just give you a much needed smile and a quick hug.

  • 2. HooplaHa

  • Turmoil in the Middle East. Terror in Europe. Tradgedy ... everywhere. If you're tired of that kind of news, check out HooplaHa. They only feature positive, uplifting news. When you're feeling low and need some valuable perspective or just a little hope, check them out.

  • 3. Calm

  • Angry? Anxious? Confused? Calm is for you. Choose between a variety of ambient scenes (from a sunset at the beach to flying above the clouds), then take some time to relax to some beautiful music and a tranquil full-screen video.

  • 4. Make Everything OK

  • This minimalist website is composed of one element: a button. But not just any button. It's the "Make Everything OK" button. Click it, and everything magically becomes OK. It's actually very strangely helpful.

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  • 5. FamilyShare

  • OK, obviously we're a little biased. FamilyShare has a whole category dedicated to inspirational stories and words of wisdom to inspire hope. Whether you're looking for some good advice, a good distraction or just a heart-warming article, FamilyShare is for you.

  • Oh, and did I mention it's family friendly? It's a nice perk.

  • 6. Free Rice

  • This website is one of a kind. The concept is simple enough: You open the website, and answer trivia questions. For each question you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nation's World Food Programme. Ten grains of rice doesn't seem like much, but they quickly add up (as their leader board indicates).

  • Helping others always feels good, even if it's just 10 grains of rice at a time. Besides, trivia questions help get your mind off whatever is bothering you today (and some of the vocab words they teach you are incredibly informational).

  • 7. Upworthy

  • If you haven't heard of Upworthy yet, you're missing out. Its goal is simply to shift people's attention from negative news to inspirational, positive stories. I'm not talking about cat memes and fluff like that - Upworthy stories have meaning. They're important.

  • 8. StickK

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  • Depending on why you're feeling down, this website can be extremely motivational. Use it to set goals for yourself and stick to them. The website allows you to set any goal you want and get a coach (of your choice) to help keep you on track and accountable. Then, get a few friends in the loop and create your own online support group specifically to encourage you to meet your goal.

  • You can even raise the stakes and put real money on the line to keep you motivated. For example, if you don't stick to your commitment, you can program the site to donate a given amount of money to a charity or a friend. The website requires you to sign up, but it's all free.

  • You can also see what goals other people are setting for a little extra inspiration.

  • 9. FutureMe

  • This one is pretty straightforward: Write an email to your future self. You might be going through some hard times right now, but it won't last forever. Happier times will come. Gain a little more perspective on that by writing about how you feel right now and then by giving your future self some much needed words of wisdom and inspiration. Who knows, you might really need a pick-me-up from yourself in the future.

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David Snell is a writer for the FamilyShare team. He's trilingual (English, Spanish and Movie Quotes). He's got a BA in communications and is married to one incredibly fantastic girl.

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