It happens. Something sets us off and we feel sad. Or we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Is it a full moon? The loss of a pet? A cloudy day? Or just knowing that the clock is ticking? Here are some things that I do to feel better. Some may work for you or you may have ideas of your own. Feel free to share your ideas on ways to turn a bummer into a happy day.
Relax – sit quietly and focus on breathing (nice and easy – in and out)
Sit on your deck or porch and watch the birds, squirrels and other animals
Talk with a loved one – see our Technology section for ways to video chat
Donate (even $5) to your favorite charity
Read a fun book
Buy something you have wanted for yourself or for a friend
Plan a special trip or meal
Plant something– a flower or bulb
Clean your closet
Go to the beach
Sign up for a class
Make a list of all the fun things that you want to do over the next few weeks
Make a list of all the things you are grateful for
Go to church
Do some art – paint, write a poem, write a story or your biography
Listen to your favorite music
Turn off the TV
Open your windows and let in the fresh air
If you are sad a lot, consult a professional. Life can be hard but it can also be easy. I like it easy and fun and uplifting and spiritual and challenging and beautiful and rewarding and new and…. Well, you get my point.
Life is beautiful. Life is life. One day – each day – is new to me.
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