"I love these Wine & book themed coloring pages for relaxing."
"Anna and The Apocalypse is a great pandemic movie. It's like Zombieland but with music. If you'd like to lose yourself in teen angst and be thankful we're not dealing with something worse (i.e. zombies), I highly recommend this comedy on Hulu." -Natasha C
"This book is a wonderful read for anyone interested in design, psychology, or mental health, and it feels particularly powerful at this moment. The various case studies she uses to illustrate different "aesthetics of joy" are extremely insightful and also transport you at the same time. A very inspiring read! Her website, The Aesthetics of Joy, is also a great resource." -Hanna
"I made these homemade, 'healthier' peanut butter cups recently and they are the real deal. I accidentally made them *massive* but I guess that's not the worst problem to have." - Jenny, GNI Team
In case you want to read along with us in the coming months... 📚 our June book club pick is The Art of Showing Up by Rachel Wilkerson Miller. It's full of A+ tips for ~being there~ for your people and yourself, especially right now.
"Musicals became popular in Hollywood during the Great Depression for obvious reasons — they were pure escapism and flights of fancy. Bollywood, the Hindi film industry, founded in 1912, provides escapism in spades. Warning: Side effects include feeling extra happy for the entire movie. Try more classic romantic Bollywood fare Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (about two people who meet on an Eurorail trip) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (which explores the question: can someone fall in true love more than once?). For strong female protagonist tales, don't miss Queen — about a woman jilted by her fiancé on their wedding day and then goes on their European honeymoon by herself anyway — or Kahaani — about a woman who must solve the case of her missing husband."
"These classes are only $10 and they cover wines from around the world!" -Sarah A
"For those of us who are more scientifically-minded (or just curious!), check out the "Ologies" podcast, hosted by Alie Ward. Each episode dives into an often very niche scientific -ology. Alie does such a great job of making easy-to-digest and entertaining content. Plus, supporting women who communicate science is always a big win in my book!" -Jenni K
We've found that tie-dying socks breathe new life into some old-faithfuls, which TBH is kind of a nice feeling right now. If all the tie-dye you've added to your cart has been sold out, here's your excuse to take matters into your own hands.
"I've definitely been cooking more these last couple months, but the real uptick has been in my food show-watching habits. I leave no Bon Appétit video unwatched, have found myself laughing along as Amy Learns to Cook, and cannot WAIT for Selena Gomez's new cooking show later this month." - Tyler, GNI Team
Try these IKEA-made ideas for fashioning a furniture fort in your living room this weekend. Might as well have a little fun with our new routines. 🤷♀️
For a trip down memory lane take this typing test for a Friday brain break (but prepare to be transported to your middle school computer class)!
"Last week, in an attempt to recover from Normal People, I watched everything I could — Hollywood for some good period-piece drama, Never Have I Ever for coming-of-age feels, and the new season of Dead to Me because I love a nail-biter." - Olivia, GNI Team
"Now that I have a little extra time, energy, and emotional bandwidth from social distancing, I've been revisiting novels that I might have found too dense at the end of a long work day or commute. Lord of the Rings is a timeless classic that never gets old-and there is an incredible full-length narration of it on Youtube (complete with accents and music) that's free and accessible to everyone! At 11 hours, it offers plenty of imaginative fun (that's also kid-safe)." -Roxy L
"Brené has been my morning walk buddy for the past 2 weeks and her inspiring conversations (with some incredible guests) have no doubt made me a better mom, partner, friend to myself, listener and feeler." -Alysia LP
"I am someone who needs noise when I work, and being in my home alone makes it hard to focus. I made a playlist long enough to stretch a full workday without repeats. Chill vibes, great background noise, and a few upbeat songs to get you up from your desk chair and moving every so often. Also great for kitchen tunes, or covid-cleaning. Bonus, the playlist follows my emotional journey in the first week of lockdown, so maybe some of the songs make you feel #seen in this difficult moment. I made it to share, so hope it brings you some joy or comfort." -Alicia C
"I can't stop thinking about Normal People. It's one of the few shows I've ever watched that stacks up to the book. It covers tough topics like depression and long-distance relationships, but well; and I'm so impressed by how much of the book they were able to keep intact." - Jordan, GNI Team
"To keep my hopes high, I'm daydreaming about the next place I want to visit: Argentina. So, I'm taking this time to learn Spanish so I won't be the helpless tourist that I usually am when I go!" -Anette L
The Vienna State Opera is streaming one recorded live performance of opera or ballet daily, following Central European Time. Enjoy world-class opera and ballet at the comfort of your home for free! No travel or opera glasses needed.
Spyfall is a guessing game where one person is the spy and everyone has to figure out who it is by asking questions. The spy tries to intercept the questions and throw the other plays off. All you need is 4-10 players, a Zoom chat, and your phone, computer, or tablet. 🕵️♀️
"Before you keep scrolling, you should know I had no prior affinity for Jessica Simpson. But WOW I was so engrossed by this audiobook (which she narrates!). She has such a compelling story, and spilled an absurd amount of tea about everything from the early 2000's pop scene to her high-profile relationships. After finishing, I feel like we're best friends!"
"It's a project and podcast that explores the rising slow content movement. Interviews include a mix of perspectives about how we can slow down our scrolling and streamline our relationship to content so that we live, work, and feel better." - Rachel S.
One of our all-time favorites, Bad on Paper is that one podcast where "your internet besties give you a weekly dose of books, banter, and folks you should be following." Recommended by Sarah A., a GNI community member.
A "Live Aid"-like virtual concert curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, "One World: Together At Home" a global broadcast and digital special to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO. Recommended by Joy, GNI Community Member.
"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is such a great show and gets more vulnerable each episode." -Jennifer M
"I've been devouring the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante and watching the show based on them, My Brilliant Friend, on HBO."
"This Chuck Johnson album is an ambient pedal steel record that is VERY soothing."
"Lay in bed, look up at the ceiling, and day dream!"
"During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of people worldwide. Each day, a different encore presentation from the Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day." - Eden T.
"I'm sharing Letters from Quarantine. It's a candid daily account of life in lockdown in Italy, in an attempt to keep spirits high, make people laugh and to push everyone to keep going." - Marianna X.
If you want to paint, bake, sketch, write, or explore your creativity, Skillshare, an online learning community, is an excellent resource to consider. Skillshare offers free trials to invite everyone to explore their creativity and join the community risk-free. You can also check out Skillshare's Instagram for free classes like 5 Creative Drawing Exercises for Self-Care or Making a Zine.
"I've been loving The Neon Tea Party kits for colorful DIY crafts. The kits include all the tools for your new project: try a Pom Pom and Tassel Kit, Friendship Bracelet Kit, or a Granny Square Kit. They also have super helpful tutorials on Youtube to accompany the projects. I've been loving them, but I think they'd be great for kids, too!" -Hannah
"305 fitness hosts Live Cardio Workouts Daily @ 12PM & 6PM ET on their YouTube channel and they are a source of so much joy during this time! They've cultivated a great community that only continues to grow with their live workouts, accessible to anyone. I love them!" -Abi
"Dickinson this perfect for when you've finally finished watching Tiger King and need something more wholesome. Hailee Steinfeld is SO spunky in it, and the whole thing is told with such a modern twist. It's a welcome whiplash, from the 19th century American costumes to the 2020 rap music overlay." - Jenna, GNI Team
"This 10-episode rom-com remake has great music, a mellow vibe, appropriate wistfulness, and a quirky, lovable cast led by Zoë Kravitz. I ate it up in 24 hours." - Tyler, GNI Team
New podcast alert! Celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit and spend some time figuring out new, different ways to feel like you're gathering, brought to you by one of our personal favorite community builders, Priya Parker.
The kit is available in four different colors, at $68 for 50+ stems. It comes with a free video tutorial and foolproof instructions for arranging. It'd also be great as an activity with kids or just for a self-care pick-me-up.
"I created a website to host all of the books I've read in the past few years. I love browsing other people's book recommendations rather than best seller lists to find new recommendations. I also brainstormed places to buy books to support small business!" -Emma H.
"I started listening to the podcast, LORE, and I love getting lost in some dark historical tales featuring mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual happenings lost to the past." -Mykki
Looking to learn how to have a positive impact on the planet around you? This podcast features easy, actionable tips to help people live their lives more sustainably every day.
"This virtual film club was started by the band Bastille as part of their Distraction Tactics series. Each week, they’ll choose a film from a different country (anyone can suggest ideas) and host a discussion over Instagram Live. Not only can you tune into a great film, but you can 'travel the globe' and connect with other people during these unprecedented times." - Meaghan M.
"If you're looking for the ultimate feel good stories, the podcast Heavyweight is your answer. Host Jonathan Goldstein makes it his personal mission to find the answers to unresolved issues that people have been holding onto for years. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you will feel connected to these people's stories." - Kaley C
"If you need 7 hours of incredible entertainment — I had to put my phone down and pay 100% attention to my TV — watch Tiger King on Netflix. It is incredible TV and storytelling that opened my eyes to the world of exotic animals in the USA that I knew nothing about." - Alex
"Join this pay-what-you-want poetry course starting in April to fine tune your craft and learn to write like a trained poet." - Kallie
"Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie is doing a mini 'Live From Home' set every day at 4PM PST." - Angelina T.
All of a sudden, everyone is baking bread. And it makes sense — it's calming and you get something delicious and comforting out of it. With a little extra time on our hands, we're all testing the limits of what we thought we could cook before, starting with this focaccia.
Deeeeeep breath. You definitely do not have to be productive right now. It's an overwhelming time. Instead of giving yourself a never-ending to-do list, focus on adding joy to your home with an indigo dye project or something similarly therapeutic.
Shop locally for Wow, No Thank You — our April book pick. 📚 Samantha Irby is a pro at adding levity to tough topics during tough times. Order this essay collection from your local bookstore — then read along with us this month.
You can pick your favorites from this NPR article. You've instantly got the best seats in the opera house!
NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series is like having some of our favorite recording artists right here with us in our homes. But we *can't promise* that we'll stay 6 feet away from our laptops when we watch Harry's recent concert. (Sorry not sorry.)
Because the Assistant to the Regional Manager never rests.
This is the coming of age story we all needed. Tune into Hulu for this comedy that definitely put a much-needed smile on our face.
On this installment of "technology is our friend", we just discovered that we can tour national parks without leaving our couch! BRB we're gonna go explore Hawai'i Volcanoes.
Distract yourself from everything around you by getting heavily invested in the dramatized love lives of others. Watch Love is Blind on Nextflix and get ready to give in to the hype.
Looking for a feel-good YA movie? TATBILB on Netflix is THE ONE to watch! Try out Netflix Party if you want a buddy to watch with.
Having trouble keeping track of all the exciting virtual hangout, livestreams, and impromptu Instagram Concerts going live? Same, so we made this spreadsheet to track them all for you!