Ten simple things you can do right now to give yourself a little happiness boost

Thursday, July 3, 2014

1. Pick a friend/parent/or relative to call just to say "hi."  They'll be happy you checked in randomly and you'll feel better about yourself for being a good child/relative/friend.

2. Strip your sheets, towels, comforter and toss them in the washer and dryer.  There's nothing like warm, clean sheets and towels and the feeling that you accomplished one of those chores that just never seems to get done.

3. Pull out your calendar, see which friend's birthday is next and put a card in the mail.  I know it's odd, but few things give us as much joy and surprising someone we love.

4. Pick an easy, feel good pinterest recipe for something home-made and yummy.  Right now, I'm craving some all-American apple pie.

5. Pick one, small goal to accomplish and come up with a plan of action.

6. Grab a quick workout, maybe a run outside where you can grab some Vitamin D or hit a class at your gym.  Better yet, try a new type of workout you've never tried before.

7. Take a trip to your local library and grab a book.  Put it under your arm, find a park, and read under a tree.

8.  Engage in an act of self-care, whether it's touching up your pedicure with a spunky color or taking that overdue bubble bath with wine.

9. Give yourself an hour to dream.  What would you be doing right now in your perfect world?   Then, achieve.  How can you make your world more like that perfect world?

10. Practice gratitude.  Write out a list of things you're thankful for in your life.  If people around you have contributed to things on that list, write them thank you notes, e-mails, or texts.

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