10 Inspirational Newsletters To Subscribe To For A Happier Inbox
PSA: Your inbox can be a source of joy. Don’t worry, I am well aware of the ridiculousness of this statement. After all, we live, work and exist in an always-on world, where expectation is an immediate, even simultaneous response (don’t ask me how that happens, but the pressure is there). As someone who feels uncomfortable with emails (re: dread) on the reg, I was desperate for anything that might ease the anxiety. Enter, the 10 best newsletters to subscribe to for calm, inspiration and inbox happiness.
OK, if the goal is Inbox Zero™, you’re probably thinking, Why the hell would i want another unread email? But we focus on quality here, people, not quantity. Yes, I also revel in the gratifying absence of unread messages when I open my Gmail account. But the truth is that after signing up for all (yes, everything) of the most inspiring newsletters to subscribe to, I began to reconsider this productivity milestone.
The idea of being able to sift through a million messages in the morning and sign off with no unread emails at night has long been the pinnacle of work-related success. But honestly, I’m a little tired of thinking about my life and my work that way. Instead, I want to associate my tasks, my goals, and yes, my inbox, with connection and growth. And as soon as I started seeing my 9-5 weekdays in this light, everything got better. Because after all, in this difficult world, I am after all the joy that I can get.
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10 newsletters to subscribe to for a happier, healthier inbox
I’m kicking off with a shameless take for the most uplifting newsletter in gaming. Sure, I’m a little biased, but associations aside, this newsletter has been informing and inspiring me on a daily basis for years. While some matches trigger email angst, Camille Styles’ newsletter is the exact opposite. Camille’s posts combine introspective words with energizing ideas, and the articles she links to are carefully selected and exactly what I need to read that day (and come back to in the days that follow) . I had no idea it was possible to feel both relaxed and rejuvenated by my email, but this newsletter convinced me.
Subscribe to Camille Styles.
On the rocks
You may know Olivia Noceda from the aesthetically pleasing, yet authentic (like *really* authentic) content she offers on Instagram. I take all the mental health, design, self-love, wellness, and recipe inspirations she has to share. Truly, when her profile is highlighted in my stories list or one of her reels drops into my news feed, my whole person is known to visibly change for the better.
If those three sentences weren’t enough to convince you, Olivia takes seriously writing and sharing images and videos that call you to think differently and more deeply about your personal experience and the world around you. his newsletter, On the rocksis an extension of all of this.
Centered on a different theme each week, Olivia’s written musings read both incredibly relevant and thoroughly groundbreaking. While it’s clear that she spends many thoughtful hours using the right words to beautifully convey and shape her ideas, she also writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend. Because in a way, you are.
If you’re the type who checks your emails on the weekends, Olivia’s newsletter is just the surprise (and smile) your Sunday needs.
Subscribe to On The Rocks.
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The daily good
The Good Trade is on my list of sites and blogs that I visit every morning before diving into work for a healthy dose of motivational content. If you’re interested in personal growth, expanding your creativity, and becoming a better (kinder, gentler) human every day, I can’t recommend it highly enough. But if your mornings are a bit hectic – as all of ours can be –The daily good is exactly what your inbox needs.
An abbreviated version of the articles and long content of the site, The daily good compiles playlists, recipes, sustainability and self-care tips, and more. I like that every post starts with a brief but eloquent thought that often sets the positive tone for the rest of my day. Spend 30 seconds (thoughtfully) browsing. It’s worth the break.
(Psst… They offer two additional newsletters, The weeklydelivered on Tuesday, and Good digswhich is sent to your inbox every Thursday and has no shortage of design, decoration and DIY tips!)
Subscribe to Le Bon Quotidien.
Even if you think you haven’t heard of Intelligent Change, chances are you’ve seen their five-minute diary in just about every wellness influencer reel. Across all of their products and content, Intelligent Change is changing the script when it comes to instilling positive change in your life today (like, right now). They make the practice of journaling easy to engage in on a daily basis, and their newsletter, Smart Weekly is no less influential and motivating. Expect a weekly dose of inspiration, encouraging you to practice gratitude, cultivate emotional intelligence, and engage in self-reflection. Yes, your inbox is capable of wonders.
Subscribe to Intelligent Weekly.
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Sunday brain food
Sunday brain food It’s not about magic bullets or grabbing attention through buzzy headlines. Instead, the team behind Farnam Street is committed to intentionally designing a newsletter centered around tips that can be easily applied and effectively integrated into your work and life. Every time I open (excitedly, eagerly) a new issue, I’m blown away by the innovative ideas and timeless wisdom.
Not only has my productivity benefited, but my endless, insatiable curiosity is satisfied (well, for a while at least). Sunday brain food is for lifelong learners and students at heart. But really, it’s a newsletter that will improve any inbox that needs a bit of next-level knowledge.
Subscribe to Sunday Brain Food.
The 3-2-1 Bulletin
It probably goes without saying, but we’re BIG James Clear fans here. And, of course, we are not alone. His New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, has sold more than seven million copies. So yeah, I’d say we’re in good company. His Bulletin 3-2-1 is also unsurprisingly popular, with over a million subscribers. It contains the same insights and wisdom you’d expect from the behavioral science expert who completely transformed the way we think about habits and what it really takes to stay engaged in the practices that help us feel better. .
Each newsletter is formatted with three short insights from Clear himself paired with two inspirational quotes from other thought leaders and a question for you to ponder. 3-2-1, indeed.
Subscribe to the 3-2-1 newsletter
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Dark Atlas sharing lessons, stories, city guides and guided tours of the world’s most fascinating and often unknown places. Consider it the definitive go-to for all things not just travel, but culture, arts, and awe-inspiring experiences. They offer a range of newsletter options, with everything from daily and weekly digests to food and travel-focused inboxes. I personally subscribed to the daily send because I’m always up for indulging in a little morning wanderlust.
Subscribe to Atlas Obscura.
With books like Fly like an artist, keep on goingand Show your work!, Austin Kleon is entirely responsible for completely changing the way I view creativity. While I may have once berated myself for years of writing in front of an audience of one (OK, my parents used to browse my blog from time to time), his work has helped me see the value in continuing to push me to grow and develop as a creative. All the brilliance you expect from Kleon is woven into each of its newsletter mailings. Your inner artist will thank you for subscribing.
Subscribe to Austin Kleon.
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so many thoughts
Another newsletter written by a New York Times bestselling author, so many thoughts comes from the brilliant and creative mind of Elizabeth Holmes. A lover of all things British royals (especially when it comes to their impeccable style), Holmes shares all the tips, tricks, and fun jokes about what it takes to live your best royal life. While the content covers fashion and travel, it also dives deep into thought-provoking and personal growth-focused insights. Basically, when you subscribe to so many thoughtsyou get a bit of everything.
Subscribe to so many thoughts.
NPR Life Kit
Like many, my love and appreciation for all the good that NPR does and delivers knows no bounds – and their life kit newsletter only reinforces this truth. Created with the premise that “everyone needs a little help as a human”, each newsletter is grounded in a different topic with tips and hacks (I don’t like the word, but this walks here) that will change your approach just about everything you do in your life. Whether it’s parenting, saving money, exercising or getting a good night’s sleep…life kit covers everything. Plus, if newsletters aren’t your thing, they also have a podcast.
Subscribe to the NPR Life Kit.