Do you consider yourself a life long learner? Always striving to know how to do things better and overall striving to be a better human being?
There are so many online resources available that have everything from inspiring content, blogs, podcasts and courses- both free and paid. We have compiled(and are always adding to) our list of some of the best self growth websites to bring a touch of learning, positivity, healing and motivation to fulfill your strive for self development.
We’d say don’t try to go to all the websites at once. Information overload and analysis paralysis is not pretty.
Moreover, there will be different things you will resonate with based on your unique circumstances at any given point of time. One day you may feel like you need help with a subject and resonate with a particular topic, need, modality, thought leadership, author or article. Another day it may be something completely different.
So go easy, save this link for easy ongoing reference, as we are continually updating it with fantastic resources.
Here are the amazing websites by or with content by leaders, authors and sometime people just like you and me, who want to help bring out the best in others:
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to help with the upkeep of the website. But the websites are on this list as we genuinely louurrvvee them and wouldn’t bat an eyelid to recommend them regardless of affiliate links.
Best Websites for Courses, Thought leaders; and learning meditation, mindfulness and healing
Top Spiritual and New Age Websites (including healing)
Having a soft corner to this topic, this list is very special to me:
Best for: Courses for everything from Energy Healing, Oracle cards, Alternate Healing, Meditation, Mindfulness and more
The late Louise Hay founded Hay Housing Publishing after publishing her first book Heal your life at 50 years proving that age is irrelevant to achieving one’s dream.
She was an early pioneer in the self help field, when mind, body and soul connection wasn’t accepted as the norm. She is a true inspiration who brought to our access authors, healers, spirit workers and gurus such as Doreen Virtue (think Angels, Oracle cards and Card reading), the late Wayne Dyer, Dr Joe Dispenza, David Ji, Bruce H. Lipton and The Hay House website and their affiliated websites is a treasure trove of books, online courses, calendars, daily quotes and endless wisdom.
Best for: Courses focused on Audio, for spiritual development and awareness
SoundsTrue.com is here to wake up the world to expanded awareness, practicing self healing with podcasts, audios, events, meditations and more by revered spiritual authors and speakers like:
- Eckhart Tolle spiritual teacher and author of bestseller The Power of Now book
- Pema Chodron one of the world’s revered Buddhist nun
- Jack Kornfield of the unmissable Chicken Soup for the Soul (I grew up with Chicken Soup for the Soul, so this is so special to my heart 🙂 He bring the Buddhist mindfulness teachings to the world.
Get two free audios when you sign up to the Sounds True Community.
Best for: Courses for learning everything from Chakras, Tai Chi, Energy Healing, Alternate Healing, Meditation, Mindfulness and more
If you have never heard of MindValley.com, you are going to thank us! Hats off to Vishen Lakhiani for his fantastic initiative of bring together the best of mind, body and soul under the wing of Mindvalley.com. They host the best of the best:
Energy Healers such as Donna Eden
Qi gong courses by Lee Holden
Chakra Healing and Dressing your truth by Carol Tuttle
Quantum Healing courses
Love and above, and Unlimited Abundance courses by Christie Marie Sheldon
and so much more
Here is the link to current FREE COURSES BY MINDVALLEY.
Best for: Learning meditation, Yoga, self development
DailyOm.com is full of inspiration, daily horoscopes and courses for the mind, body and spirit. Their about page says the mission of their website is to ‘bring the world together by offering messages of consciousness and awareness to people of all walks of life.’ DailyOm has courses in Yoga, self improvement, energy work, healthy living, relationships, home and garden, spirituality, manifesting and money and more. I have personally tried ‘A Year to Clear What is Holding You Back.’ What sets them apart is you can choose how much you want to pay for each course- $10, $25 or $ 40. This makes the courses accessible for those who cannot afford to pay too much.
Best for: Learning Meditation
Dandapani has been an absolute eye opening personality for me- he dresses like a Hindu priest with his Rudraskhra beads and vermilion on his forehead. But his words, humor and relate-able examples cut through and resonated. He is a Hindu priest and self development speaker (many call him a monk) who spend 10 whole years learning meditation and discipline under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s prominent spiritual leaders, Sivaya Subramuniyaswam.
I bumped into his videos on youtube and was blown away by his take on meditation, concentration and discipline. On his website, he has a paid 12 week course on meditation and mind, which I wish wasn’t so expensive. For now I will do with the talks on his website Dandapani.org and the youtube videos.
Best for: Learning all the limbs of Yoga
Art of living was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual and humanitarian leader who is on a mission for a stress-free and violence-free society. His programs have bought to millions across 155 countries yoga, meditation and wisdom. Programs offered include the Happiness Program, Art of Meditation and Sri Sri Yoga.
You can take it to the next level by attending a retreat at the Art of Living Retreat Centre in the picturesque mountains in Boone, California. Just watching the intro video gives us the sense of our stress melting always, so we can only imagine how profound it would be to actually attend a retreat in person.
Best for: Clearing blocks and living a happy, fulfilling life
Tired of hearing happiness or what you want is a just choice? Or do you somewhere believe it is a choice but you don’t know how to exercise that choice? Tried different modalities and don’t really get any results? Then you will be very happy to bump into Access Consciousness.
Discovering access consciousness has been absolutely life changing. Having discovered, researched and experienced many different healing modalities, Access has been one of the most moving. It has helped me truly recognize how to live life without judging others and mainly yourself, to be able to choose (joy) and live a life of possibilities.
Founded by Gary Douglas, one of the most amazing tool of the many tools of Access is the Clearing Statement. The ‘Get your Happy on’ page have good introduction videos to the following 4 tools of Access Consciousness (includes a video explains the Clearing statement):
-Is this yours
-Light or heavy
-Ease, Joy and Glory (mantra)
-The clearing statement
After learning about Access, I have been learning more by watching Dr Dain Heer’s videos on youtube, using the Access App and reading the posts on the Access Consciousness blog. They also have classes and facilitators of the different tools like the Access Bars, foundation classes, advanced and other classes, all over the world. In my several weeks of getting acquainted with Access, have come across, learnt and used simply empowering tools.
Best for: Expanding your consciousness, learning yoga and meditation
Gaia, pronounced as ‘guy – ah’, in Greek mythology refers to the mother earth goddess, revered as mother, nurturer and giver of life. Based off this concept is Gaia.com who are on a mission to build a more conscious world. They are the Netflix of Conscious media.
They have over 8000 online Films, Shows & Classes on yoga, meditation, personal transformation, and alternative healing. All of this is available on any device starting from 99 cents (Australian) a month for their trial. At the time of this post update, the 3 month plan costs $38 (Australian) and an annual plan costs $133. I haven’t personally given it a go, if you have tried it out, let us know your experience.
Top websites for Online Learning
Best for : All sorts of learning, not limited to self development
Though Udemy.com covers all topics under the sun, they have several interesting courses in the self help and similar topics. See our post dedicated to Udemy to know about the best courses they have to offer from Yoga Teacher training, Healthy eating to coding.
Top websites for Free Online Learning
Learning doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. How about free learning, is that even available and credible? Yes, indeed, say hi to Coursera.org. Coursera has over 1600 FREE courses online from 190+ world-class universities and companies. Join Coursera today to master your choice of topic from IT, AI, data science, programming, business strategy, design and more. How the free courses work is that you can access the Course material for free for a certain duration. If you want to get a course certificate upon completion, you can purchase the certificate.
You can also check out OpenMindBodySoul.com’s list of Best Meditation and Mindfulness Apps
Future Learn is a lot like Coursera, providing several free courses, but covers a lot more topics including Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Healthcare & Medicine, History, IT & Computer Science, Language, Law, Literature, Environment, Psychology & Mental Health, Teaching and more.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education to everyone.
Top blogs for Leadership, Success and action taking
He is not your Guru, going by the title of Tony Robin’s Netflix documentary covering one of his sold out massive live events (that costs hundreds of dollars). Physically Tony Robins looks like a huge rugby player or a heavy weight wrestler. His voice, personality, energy and most importantly his inspiring life oozes strength yet warmth. He is there to uplift people and to help them get over their blocks in life- be it mental, career, relationships or business related. He does everything from live events, coaching, retreats to online training. Head over to Tony Robin’s blog for some inspiring reads.
Inspite of being a self-proclaimed self help and spirituality aficionado, one thing I struggled with was time management. So the morning routine I dreamed of remained a dream. I wanted to change that and the universe answered in the form of TinyHabits.com.
TinyHabits.com by TJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert on habit transformation, is for those of us who have failed at changing our habits with conventional ways and thinking it lies in willpower. The Tiny Habits method is a personally tried and tested method with over 40,000 people after which it has become something TJ Fogg now shares with the world for free.
‘FREE?’, you may be asking. Saying ‘there has to be a catch’! It’s free for real, in the form of a 5 day program.(I can vouch I’ve had no pesky daily or weekly marketing emails after the program. What a refreshing relief.) I was sold and signed up for the next round of their Monday start.
During the program that takes just 30 minutes in total (yes, no huge 10 week program that you can be overwhelmed to drop off from or not even start), you write down in a unique link, the (remember, tiny) habits you want to work on. And you get assigned a coach who follows up with you daily for the 5 days.
My Tiny Habits coach turned out to be the lovely Denise Dempsey who helped me make sense of my big and daunting habits I listed by suggesting smaller doable actions and anchors. It wasn’t easy for me to find the ‘tiny’ and she helped me through the process. Also we shared our passions and I tried her beautiful free meditations available at https://www.stressreductionprograms.com/meditations
I managed to actually achieve two of my listed three habits by the end of the program. So the Tiny Habits method did work for me and also helped me learn how I can keep doing little changes to ultimately move closer to my bigger goals. I reckon, try it out.
Continuing the theme of productivity, how can we not mention Robin Sharma. This Monk who sold his Ferrari (pun intended), covers topics like personal mastery, productivity and world-class leadership. Apart from his best seller including the 5 am club (ummmmm, we’ll pass on this one). For those keen, he currently has a free training course that will help with productivity, accelerating Performance and creating a world-class business and life.
Top blogs for Self Help, Motivation and Inspiration
Jay Shetty is simply put, uber inspirational. His website says he is ‘a Motivational & Lifestyle vlogger, presenter and former monk.’ Jay has a huge fan following, his posts and videos garner millions of views. After seeing his videos you can see how charming and inspiring this young under 30’s(at the time of this post) is. He uses his presence to spread consciousness and positive messages. Rather than his website, Jay Shetty’s facebook, youtube and instagram pages are better places to access his inspiring content.
Mind Body Green is a website with a simple layout which showcases their motto “eat. move. live. breathe. love. revitalize.” This is one of the simplest mottos and the website lives by the same. With an inspired and dedicated team as well as some regular contributors, this website is one of the best on the internet when it comes to self-help. The website is a great option to get your daily dose of inspiration.
If you are someone who is having a hard time “letting go” or think that “life sucks”, Tiny Buddha is the place for you. It was founded in 2009, by Lori Deschene. In Lori’s words, “Though I run this site, it is not mine. It’s ours. It’s not about me. It’s about us. Your stories and your wisdom are just as meaningful and useful as mine.”
The website sticks to this principle and is one of the best places on the internet for regular posts on happiness, love, relationships, change, meaning, mindfulness, spirituality, simplicity, minimalism, letting go, and more. Have a look at the vibrant website.
As the name suggests, this website is dedicated to reminding you of the simpler things in life. Regularly posted blogs and posts are enough to remind you to love yourself. If self-help means helping oneself by several means, this website encompasses the same feeling. With the long-time tagline “It’s the SIMPLE THINGS that matter most!”, the brand has amassed a huge fan following across several outlets. Follow this website to appreciate the value of the simpler things in life.
It is the brainchild of Steve Pavlina, one of the most influential American authors and motivational speaker. The website was started in the year 2004 and it can be called one of the most impactful self-help website. The blog website covers topics such as personal development, productivity, motivation, goal setting, spirituality, and much more. Steve uncopyrighted all his work except his book Personal Development For Smart People in the year 2010. This is one website that will push your boundaries for the better.
Prefer books instead of sitting in front of a screen? Check out our post of the best self help and personal development books covering topics of Abundance, Relationships, Spirituality, Healthy Eating & Yoga, Mind & Psychology, Mindfulness & Meditation and more.
As the name suggests, this website is dedicated to positivity. With categories like Inspiring, Living, Loving, Playing, Working, and Giving, Positively Positive will turn out to be your go-to website when the chips are down. From topics like mindfulness to overcoming adversities, this is a site that speaks for itself. As the website says, “We’re here every day to help keep your Positivity Tank topped off. And maybe you’ll find something here that brightens your day a little. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll find something that changes your life.” Positively positive is one of the best self-help websites for positivity and motivation that has a great interface to interest everyone.
True to its name, this website will make your day a great one. The Great Day or The Daily Motivator is the brainchild of Ralph Marston. Initially started as a “labor of love”, it has become one of the most popular places for daily positivity. The premise of the website is sending out brief daily email messages of motivation and personal development, as well as serve as an online motivational library and images. This is what the website has to say about its content: The Daily Motivator is published six days a week (every day except Sunday). The current day’s message is always on the main page. Each message is written personally by Ralph Marston, and each one is original. Though the positive concepts in The Daily Motivator messages are reinforced again and again, the individual messages never repeat.
“Good” is a social network for positivity and social change. Yes, in the times of the Facebook and Twitter rants, there is exists a website that speaks good. The website is here since 2006 and it has helped millions of people “live well and do good”. There are several outlets that are a part of the Good Media Brand. All the websites in the group work towards the common goal of making the world a better place. Considering a list of best self-help websites for positivity and motivation without this website can be considered a sin. Stories of people actually dealing with adversities and getting out stronger is a great medium of motivation. Good makes sure the power of “good” reaches everyone.
A look at the simple website makes one remind of the mission of Tut’s mission. Tut’s mission is to remind us of life’s fundamental truths: that life is magical, we are powerful, and dreams really do come true. TUT or The Universal Talks is globally known for empowering thoughts and create a visualization to manifest dreams, create change and start over. It is one of the most interesting websites that receive a high number of visitors looking for some daily positivity and motivation.
This list is by any means not exhaustive, but those that we have bumped into and find awe inspiring. We keep expanding this list so if you of know any websites or blog that can be added, drop us a note and we will check it out.