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50 Little Things to Boost Your Happy

Gerry Ellen

Want to boost your happy? Yeah, us too!! Check out this sweet little list of 50 simple things that can raise our happy factor to the max.


It doesn’t take much. It needn’t take much. It is better suited to a fulfilling life if it is kept to a simple and uplifting way of being.

Happiness is a metered out emotion that spills from every pore of our bodies, is as nature intended, and can get squashed if not nourished. Without going much further into the why’s and the how’s and the what’s of everything that make life so awesome, here are some little nuggets of happy that just might turn your day around.

And, for the record, our inner child may need to show up during any or all of these, as adulting could possibly get in the way. Be curious and let your mind and heart and soul wander.

  1. Listen to the birds. Drown out all other noises and just listen.
  2. Eat purple cabbage raw, right off the cutting board. Same with purple onion (excellent for your health and immune system).
  3. Sit quietly for 20 minutes.
  4. Turn off your phone until well into the latter part of the morning.
  5. Go for a long walk in nature, not just an around the block walk, but a real “looking up” walk.
  6. Make a new friend in your neighborhood.
  7. Cuddle closely with your animals—smell their paws and fur, allow their scents to commingle in your skin.
  8. Have dark chocolate first thing with your tea or coffee.
  9. Spend the entire day barefoot.
  10. Write in your journal, spill out your thoughts and heart, and scream if you have to.
  11. Make funny faces in the mirror.
  12. Eat breakfast for dinner, and include a glass of wine with it.
  13. Take a mini break several times per day.
  14. Explore something you’ve never seen, in your own back yard.
  15. Watch a butterfly sail through the air.
  16. Take a bath with candles and soft music.
  17. Sit under a tree and read a book.
  18. Clean out your office drawers.
  19. Look back at old photos and draw up memories of the moments.
  20. Stare at the sky.
  21. Send a handwritten letter to a loved one.
  22. Eat your meal outside, with no technology and nobody watching.
  23. Stand in the shallow shore of the ocean and allow the waves to crash at your feet.
  24. Unplug for an entire day…maybe a weekend.
  25. Give yourself a homemade pedicure (not only reserved for women!)
  26. Walk around your house naked and dance in the kitchen.
  27. Hug a dog or a cat, or a rabbit.
  28. Volunteer for a day, or a few hours, at a local charity.
  29. Stop and talk to strangers. Then listen…..
  30. Eat ice cream whenever.
  31. Go bowling, go roller skating, go jump on a trampoline!
  32. Get a coloring book and pencils and sketch and draw.
  33. Call your best friend.
  34. Sink your nose into a book for hours without any disruptions.
  35. Pretend you are dressing up for the Oscar awards (roll with me on this one), getting all dolled up and going out to dinner at some dive restaurant.
  36. Breathe deeply while in traffic jams.
  37. Speaking of which, drive with the windows down, the radio turned up, and sing your heart out.
  38. Do a few sets of pushups when the mood strikes. If the mood doesn’t strike, do them anyway.
  39. Act and be grateful the instant you open your eyes in the morning.
  40. Buy flowers for yourself.
  41. Take a pottery class.
  42. Learn a new skill, even if it’s something as simple as honing your balance.
  43. Be passionate about something.
  44. Take a road trip without a map, only relying on your gut instincts.
  45. Tell someone you love them, and don’t wait for a response. Walk away.
  46. Paint one wall in your home bright red.
  47. Add wild bird feathers to your interior design.
  48. Give to give, not to receive.
  49. Say a prayer of any meaningful and relevant words, every single day, to a deity of your choice.
  50. Visit a museum.

If you can laugh out loud and spill tears of joy within that laughter, and create a feeling inside that is of the utmost peace and contentment, and share all of that with the world, then the happiness factor has surely taken over the deepest darkest places of your heart. The little things add up. They make the world go round. And we need more of that.

 

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About the Author:

Gerry Ellen Gerry Ellen

Gerry Ellen is an author, creative storyteller, and wellness advocate. She enjoys sharing her experiences of life, love, and all things meaningful and healthy through words and images. She is a regular contributor to MeetMindful, Be You Media Group, Tattooed Buddha, and Rebelle Society. As a former featured columnist on elephant journal and Light Workers World, she considers her love of nature and the outdoors, heart-centered connections, friends and family, and traveling to explore and expand as the epicenter of her world. She is extremely driven with her service work through 8 Paws Wellness with her dog, Scout. Gerry Ellen has authored and published two books, Ripple Effects (March 2012) and A Big Piece of Driftwood (April 2014), which are both available on Amazon.com

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