Inspiration is sometimes difficult to find. As the variety of online content expands, though, so do the different mediums of inspiration that are out there. If a self help book or pep talk from a trusted friend just isn’t enough, you can now turn to online video to help inspire you to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
Here are the top ten inspirational YouTube channels, so you can find the inspiration you are looking for no matter what.
You may have heard of Motivationgrid.com, an inspirational website that publishes viral content about how to succeed in all areas of life. What you might not have known is that they also have a YouTube channel, and publish inspirational content there as well. Videos feature montages of motivational clips, music, speeches and more. They serve their purpose, pumping you up and inspiring you to sit down and get it done – whatever “it” might be.
TED’s YouTube channel is filled with hundreds of videos of professionals from all different fields speaking about things that matter. They feature everything from ideas to innovations that have changed the world to innovations that have yet to be implemented. These philosophies, scientific explanations and ideas are all things the average person deserves to know about, so that they can find their own place in the world and figure out a unique way to contribute to positive change.
Upworthy’s goal is to fill your news feeds with stories that matter, which is the principle they were founded on. Their YouTube channel runs along those same lines, just in a different media format than articles and other content on their website and other social media platforms. They want to spread messages of hope and to inspire people to pay attention to the meaningful things that are out there to see, especially when there is so much negativity and ‘clickbait’ out there online these days.
Everyone matters is a global campaign that sets out to remind viewers, and everyone else, that each person they interact with, including themselves, matters equally. Among their collection of uploads include inspirational monologues as well as videos featuring celebrities and other public figures using calls to action to motivate citizens of the world to make a difference and to include everyone in that movement. This channel will inspire you to join in.
Are you ever in need of a pep talk, but find yourself alone and discouraged? The Daily Locker Room gives you a quick daily dose of inspiration to motivate you to get up and do the things you have always wanted to do. Watch daily videos while eating breakfast, on your way to work, on breaks throughout the day or even as a reassurance before you go to bed.
The nonprofit organization Random Acts of Kindness has a YouTube channel, and they feature inspiring stories from those who have changed the lives of those around them just for the sake of spreading kindness, such as Chris Rosati, who dedicated his time to bringing happiness to other people even though he was spending his last days on Earth. The videos on this channel will leave a strange hunger in you that can only be satisfied by going out and doing something nice for someone else.
Simple Truths is an organization that provides inspirational content for people who need a boost to effectively navigate their best life, and their YouTube channel features some of their most inspirational videos. They tell stories accompanied with photos, text and music to draw viewers into the lessons they try to teach about life and how to best overcome obstacles and make the most of every moment. Even if you have read stories like these before, this inspirational format gives them a completely new meaning and will inspire you to go out and change your life for the better.
8. Soul Pancake
You will adore this channel if you are inspired by videos that induce happy crying. Soul Pancake’s channel trailer alone will give you chills, and that’s just one of plenty more videos already published (and plenty more to come). Among the channel’s most popular uploads are from Kid President, now a twelve-year-old who sends inspirational messages to the entire world about how to be kind to others, how to be better versions of ourselves and how kids and adults can work together to create a ‘more awesome’ world.
9. Mind Tools
Mind Tools Videos is a popular YouTube channel branching off the Mind Tools web brand to bring you videos that teach you how to be successful in your current or future career. Mind Tools believes that anyone has the capability to learn new skills and use them as tools to build the kinds of successful lives they have always wanted to live. No matter the tricks or techniques you are hoping to gather to advance your career and better yourself, you will be able to find them here.
The Journey of Purpose is a channel that creates and publishes videos that ask and attempt to answer some of life’s most pressing questions. These videos promote deep thinking and aim to inspire individuals all over the world to teach for the things they are not sure they are capable of ever achieving. Videos are short and are not published daily, but there are enough in the archives filled with quotes, motivational background music and intriguing imagery to hold you over until new videos arrive.
No matter what type of inspirational content you are looking for, it is likely that you will be able to find it on one or all of these top inspirational YouTube channels. Small doses of inspiration can go a long way, especially when all you need is someone in your ear or looking your way and telling you that you can do anything, as long as you never let yourself give up.