5 Inspirational YouTube Channels That You Need to Watch


During these unprecedented times, it may be easy to lose sight of the goals and optimism that you once fostered. This period may make you feel as if you are limited to staying inside your home and unable to do the things that you once truly enjoyed. To combat this fatigue and lack of motivation, you must take advantage of the substantial impact of social media and find the platforms that will help you maintain a positive attitude and keep your spirits high. With that being said, here are five YouTube channels that you must watch if you need inspiration and motivation.

Yes Theory

6.57M Subscribers

Driven by the motto “Seek Discomfort,” Yes Theory aims to spread a message of positivity and fearlessness through pursuing projects and missions that help bring people outside their comfort zones. There is no doubt that many of us may feel too scared to pursue ambitious goals, which is why Yes Theory takes on some of the most daunting adventures to show people that discomfort is the catalyst to a great life.

Some of the most memorable videos that Yes Theory has produced include jumping the world's most extreme skydive, hitchhiking the world's deadliest train, throwing a party in the most boring town in America, spending 24 hours in countries without any money, and visiting the small country of Tuvalu. Although this list could go on forever, these are some of the most inspirational and impactful videos that I have personally watched.

One of my favorite videos produced by Yes Theory is “96 Hours Inside Afghanistan in 2020”. This video truly stood out to me because not only did this take place during a global pandemic, but it was also filmed in a country that is unfortunately notorious for its conflict and wars. The video features one of the main members of Yes Theory, Thomas Bragg, taking on the ultimate adventure of discomfort and traveling to a war-torn country to correct the misconception of Afghanistan. While he was there, Thomas was able to immerse himself in the true Afghani culture and provided an insight into what the people are really like there: welcoming and friendly.

In addition to the travel experience itself, Yes Theory also uploaded another video on its side-channel that features a full conversation with the tour guide on the trip. This video encompasses the truth and perspective of someone who has lived in the country of Afghanistan their entire life. Overall, if you are looking for a channel that brings out the utmost amount of positivity and inspiration, Yes Theory is the perfect channel for you.

Be Inspired

7.4M Subscribers

Be Inspired is a YouTube channel that provides videos to help people improve their overall well-being. These videos encompass a wide variety of topics such as sleep, stress, economics, and jobs, setting and achieving goals, and creating plans.

The channel also includes short and inspirational videos that help people realize the mistakes they are making and the ways to solve them. These videos aim to provide affirmations for success as well as training your mind and your body to be the best that it can be.

One of the things that I truly appreciate about this channel is the fact that it emphasizes the importance of having the mentality that nobody is perfect and that there are always ways to further improve ourselves. In other words, it is too often that we tend to fall into the trap of believing that everything we see on platforms such as social media are examples of the perfect person, but it is really just the best parts of life that people post on social media rather than displaying the whole picture.

One of my favorite videos produced by this channel is Jim Kwik's talk on overcoming laziness. One of the most insightful parts of this video is how he talks about the fact that when we watch motivational podcasts and videos, there is a lot of information but no inspiration. In other words, we are watching these podcasts to better ourselves and to become more aware and insightful, but we are not inspired enough to do what they tell us to do. Overall, if you need videos that provide insight on the various aspects of human nature, Be Inspired is a great channel to consider watching.

Nas Daily

2.45M Subscribers

Being a graduate from Harvard, Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas Daily, strives to provide a YouTube channel that highlights the "most incredible humans on planet Earth." His videos often feature individuals who are creating change in the world, and he also covers some of the most prominent and important topics of discussion such as malnourishment and climate change.

One of my favorite videos produced by Nas Daily is "Who I Blame for COVID-19.” In this video, Nas talks about the origin of COVID-19 concerning the many other disease outbreaks in history, such as Ebola and HIV. Nas also highlights the importance of eating clean meat and the small and malnourished communities that are being severely impacted by the pandemic.

This video stood out to me because I personally feel as if there is a broader scope to the pandemic. Instead of focusing primarily on the fact that some people rely on and eat from unhealthy sources of meat, there is a necessity to also consider the communities that are experiencing the detrimental consequences of these actions.

Aside from publishing videos centered around important topics, Nas also expands his platform by producing videos about facts that people may or may not know. Some of these videos include The Country With no Army, The Country With no Starbucks, The Shocking Vegan Village, and many more. In summation, if you are looking for a YouTube channel with short and meaningful videos, it is essential to watch Nas Daily.

Prince Ea

5.96M Subscribers

Richard Williams, also known as Prince EA, is a former American rapper, spoken word artist, rights activist, and music video director. His channel features important and relevant topics of discussion such as bullying, the American education system, racism, division, neglect, and more.

One of the most prominent aspects of Prince EA's channel is his use of creativity and the amount of effort that he puts into his videos. Many of his videos feature role-play in which he acts out the topic that he is covering. For example, in his video "Karate Master Teaches Disabled Boy a Lesson," Prince Ea uses multiple characters to provide a visual representation of the message that he is delivering. Also, his use of emotion and vocal variety in his commentary with the help of background music make his videos even more emotional and impactful.

Aside from shining a light on important topics of discussion, Prince Ea also offers videos that are specifically targeted towards people who need a message of positivity and motivation. Some of these videos include "STOP WASTING TIME," which emphasizes the importance of taking advantage of your free time to achieve goals and improve yourself. In this video, he specifically mentions the idea that similar to the saying "you are what you eat," people are also what they watch, what they listen to, and what they think about. In other words, if you don't train your mind the way you want it to be trained, then someone else will train it for you.


13.7M Subscribers

Ted-Ed is one of the most renowned YouTube channels when it comes to learning and inspiration. The channel has no specific video producer as it features presentations from people all around the world. These videos feature a wide variety of topics, and there is no specific subject that the channel focuses on. Instead, it provides insight on anything that can benefit the viewers, and it truly is a great resource to utilize if you would like to learn something new.

One of the videos featured on the channel that I particularly enjoyed watching was "How much land does it take to power the world?" In this video, the speaker talks about how much power specific sizes of land could provide. For example, a credit card-sized piece of land could provide enough energy to power a light bulb. One of the most interesting facts that I learned from watching this video is that the world uses roughly three trillion watts of electricity, which, in perspective, is a very large number.

Also, many of the videos that are not originated from an in-person presentation feature a vibrant and well-made animation to help convey the overall meaning and message of the video. Overall, Ted-Ed is a great channel to consider watching if you want to learn something new every day.

Despite the current deviation from normality that we are all facing, many resources can be utilized to help maintain the motivation and positivity needed to make it through the pandemic. Among these resources is the plethora of YouTube channels that spark creativity and inspiration, so consider taking a look at some of these featured channels as they will never fall short of lifting your spirits and teaching you valuable lessons.

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Samir Tusneem
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Samir is a junior in high school who is passionate for the field of journalism. Aside from being a writer for The Teen Magazine, Samir involves himself with his school newspaper, two non-profit organizations, and he currently is running his own newspaper with a couple of his friends. Samir enjoys working with others to accomplish goals and achievements, and he is more than eager to help out whenever he can.