A Huge List of Things To Make You Happy!!!

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Today I am offering you a huge list of things that can bring you happiness.  I bet you can find one thing on this list that will make you at least smile:

  • Sing—seriously or as loud and obnoxious as you can so you’re even laughing at yourself
  • Do something creative or crafty (e.g. draw, paint, sew, knit)
  • Escape in a fresh new book
  • Watch one of your favorite movies, go out to the movies
  • Talk a walk through the woods, paying attention the birds/flowers/nature around you and taking time to appreciate their beauty
  • Take pictures of things that you find beautiful or that inspire you.  Go for a drive and stop periodically to take photos of things that strike your interest.
  • Call up a good friend for a chat
  • Take a long, luxurious bubble bath
  • Get some chocolate and a glass of wine
  • Indulge in a rich, chocolaty dessert
  • Look  through an old photo album that brings you fond memories
  • Go shopping—buy yourself something new that makes you look and feel fabulous
  • Do something to help others—putting a smile on someone else’s face will bring you one, too
  • Dance—seriously, or do a silly one (how about doing ‘the potty dance’ with your toddler??)
  • Do something you would have found super fun as a kid, like going bowling or to an arcade, and having childish fun [if you have kids, join in their play with them which will bring you even more laughs, smiles and happiness]
  • Improve something in your home you’ve been meaning to (every time you see the new change you’ve made, it will make you smile)—putting a bright colored coat of paint on a wall in your home can be an instant mood booster
  • Watch some stand-up comedy [I particularly love the show Nick Mom Night Out]
  • Go on the internet and google yourself some cute baby or baby animal pictures (there are tons of those types of sites out there)
  • Sign up for free on Pinterest, which has a huge collection of beautiful pictures of everything you can imagine.  Make your own collections of beautiful things you can look at any time you want. (I have a virtual shoe closet which always makes me smile!)
  • Reading inspiring and motivational quotes
  • Read inspiring poetry
  • Spend time with your children or someone that you love, in an activity of your choice.  Maybe go someplace you’ve been meaning to go, or do something you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Exercise:  ride a bike, swim, run, dance, go for a walk
  • Take a class to learn a new hobby [your local craft stores offer regular classes on things like knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, scrapbooking and more]
  • Go to an amusement park.  Get on a ride and let yourself feel the rush of wind and freedom.
  • Engage in imagery.  Close your eyes and imagine a relaxing, peaceful scene; a happy memory; a place from your past that always made you feel happy or at home.
  • Play a game—board game, video game, outdoor game, any kind of game!  Challenge your spouse or friend to some fun competition (perhaps with some “high stakes” involved, like special favors from your spouse if you win?)
  • Sit down and color in a coloring book.  I think you will discover that coloring is a really calming, therapeutic activity.
  • If you enjoy cooking, find a new recipe to take on.  Put on some music.  Enjoy the reward you’ve made.  Share some with a friend or neighbor—people love being given free food!
  • Eat some of your favorite comfort foods (don’t binge though as this will just make you feel worse later!)
  • Read a book about happiness or positive psychology, like Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project (see my previously posted list for other titles)
  • Try to teach your pet a new trick.  Watching his/her attempts to learn it may prove hilarious.
  • If you love animals, visit a pet store or zoo to watch or interact with the animals.  Volunteer with a local rescue or at a shelter to help care for the animals.
  • Climbing into your bed at night onto fresh sheets, especially if they were hung outdoors to dry
  • Go for a picnic in the sun.  Picnic at a beach, by a lake, or by something else scenic if you can.
  • Fireworks!  They don’t just have to be for a holiday. 
  • Think about your “bucket list.”  Make a list of your future plans/goals/dreams. 
  • Journal about positive thoughts.  Brainstorm about your future or just write about what is good right now in your life.  I highly recommend Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Journal
  • Sing along to your favorite song
  • Listen to the sound of a baby laughing
  • Ask your spouse or a friend to make a list of the things that they love/like about you.  Keep this list someplace special so that when your self-esteem needs a boost, or you need to be reminded, you can read it over again.
    • Make a list for someone else and give it to them.  Shared happiness!
  • Take a “mental health day” off from work, just for you.  Spend that time doing only things that you enjoy (i.e. no cleaning!).
  • Breathe in your favorite scents.  Smells have a strong connection to our memories,  so a particular smell may bring you positive images or a happy memory.  Burn a scented candle.  Go to a department or specialty store and try the different perfumes.  Take a bath with new, fragrant soap.  Bake a dessert that makes your house smell wonderful, like banana bread or cinnamon rolls.  Take a walk through the woods or a park for smells of fresh cut grass, that smell after it rains, or just for the smell of fresh air.
  • Buy yourself flowers and put them on display.  (Waiting for your boyfriend/husband to buy you flowers may only make you unhappy.  Take charge of your own desires and bring yourself happiness!)
  • Make love, have sex or even just cuddle with someone you love
  • Go to your favorite restaurant for a meal
  • Hang out at a coffee shop with a good coffee and a great book, and just chill
  • Eat ice cream or cake!  (can you do this and not feel happy??)
  • Watch a cartoon you really enjoyed when you were younger (for me, it’s Scooby Doo)
  • Meditate, engage in deep breathing, do yoga
  • Accomplish a task you’ve been procrasting, or a task you’ve been meaning to do for awhile (that sense of accomplishment will bring you both relief and, hopefully, some happiness)

And finally….

  • Sit down and make your own list of the things that make you happy!!!  Keep it as a reference so you can look at it in the future when you’re feeling down
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