5 easy, simple, controllable, cheap ways to feel happy and smile more often.
So we’ve all seen those Memes that say something like “Today, I choose to smile” or “The most important decision you can make today is the decision to be in a good mood”.
Now.. some days choosing a good mood is easy. I sail right through all the storms (more like hurricanes & tornadoes) that make up my life most mornings. & I make it to work with a light-hearted smile on my face. Realistically these days happen about once every 2 or 3 months. Not all of us have the luxury to “choose” a good mood. I’m outnumbered in my house in several ways. Not only am I the only female (even our dog is a male), but I am 1 out of 2 grown-ups that live in my home. We have 4 children. & most often than not they get the luxury of choosing my mood for the day. When they don’t feel like getting up or getting dressed.. or they just can’t go to the car because they can’t find their favorite jacket or belt or they wake up on the wrong side of the bed- and they start us all off with a big, fat dose of “Jerk-Face” first thing in the morning! You can see where this is going. Lol
So, recently, I thought of 5 things. 5 simple, cheap, affordable things that I CAN control that CAN or do make me feel wonderful. And of course, Goal #1 is to start doing these things much more in the future.
So first on my list is something simple & complicated- something I love & hate… but something I 100% can control & something that has the ability to immediately put a smile on my face: The Bathroom Scale.
Yes, I went there. The scale hasn’t been nice to me lately, but seriously- when it’s good it is great!! The number on this scale can ensure I have an amazing day, despite arguments in the morning, rainy drives to school & work, a crazy Monday… all mean nothing when the scale has been nice to me. & guess what? I control how nice it is. Of course it isn’t easy or fun.. but totally controllable happy mood here.
Second on my list (& much less complicated as the bathroom scale) is: Sunshine.
So simple. I love the Sunshine. I realize it isn’t that great for me. But our relationship is far beyond that point. One afternoon by the pool or at the beach or on the lake – even with my family in tow- does wonders for me. I actually prefer to have my kids along. I don’t need a weekend getaway by myself. I love enjoying the sunshine with my family. & the effects of Sunshine for me qualify as therapeutic.
Maybe I am a little solar powered. & spending time in the Sunshine “recharges” me. I may not control when the Sun will be out but I can control how much time I spend in the Sun when it does show up. & it’s totally free!! Of course, hauling my family to the beach for the day isn’t free. Neither is taking the boat out to the lake for the day. But it’s totally worth it! I love the Sun so much & my family & I spend so much time in the Sunshine that I’ve made a silent vow with myself to buy my a new bathing suit every summer. I’ve been doing this for about 3 years now. Again… what I get from spending time in the Sun is more than worth the money I spend.
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Next up on my simple, happy list is: Pedicures.
Okay… so these aren’t free. Lol & they aren’t always in the budget at my house. But definitely, definitely worth it! My favorite thing about pedicures is wearing flip flops and sandals. Yes… the scrubbing and pampering and lotioning is amazing. I do enjoy the actual pedicure. But for me, the most valuable part of a pedicure is sliding on flip flops or sandals and not worrying because my toes “aren’t done”. What a simple concept. Lol Of course I could paint my toes myself, but I could never make them as cute as they are when I leave the nail salon. I don’t spend a ton of money on pedicures.. but I have recently accepted that this is a simple, mostly inexpensive thing that I can do for myself and something that makes me feel good. So make time for this and squeeze in into your budget every now and then. It’s worth it.
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Fourth on my list can be pricey, but certainly worth feeling good & much, much more: Eating healthy.
I seriously feel better when I eat better. I’m pretty certain that most people do. You get out what you put in, right? The more expensive gas makes your car run like a champ. Same with our bodies. I definitely have a long way to go with this one. But the simple, easy fact of the matter is that when I eat healthier foods I feel better. It’s all about feeling better, right? Feeling fantastic! There are many benefits to cleaning up one’s diet; however, in the future, I plan to only think of cleaning up my diet to change how I feel. Eating nuts for an afternoon snack instead of potato chips, for example, will actually make me feel better. It’s not about less sodium to help control my impending high cholesterol. Or hoping to buy smaller jeans because my waistline is smaller. It’s all about feeling good. & the nuts are packed with protein to give me a little afternoon “pick-me-up” and hopefully give me enough energy to tackle my chores when I get home. Again, what a simple concept to feeling good.
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Last on my listof things that make me feel good is: Getting Pretty.
Pretty simple. It seems I’m a pretty simple person. “Putting my face on” is sometimes a chore. Some days I do good to put on face cream with SPF. But in all seriousness- looking pretty makes me feel pretty, which helps me “choose” that happy mood I was talking about. There is something about taking these extra few minutes in the mornings on Me that makes my mood better. It’s never picture-perfect, meaning I don’t sit down to a fancy vanity in the corner of my bedroom. And spend 20 minutes making my face look amazing. Usually I do my make up in the car (no… not while I’m driving). I use the opportunity of getting stopped at all seven redlights on the way to the school and all seven of them on the way back from school to my job, and I usually finish in my parking space at work. Lol What a mess most of my mornings are. But the truth is I feel better during my day by doing something so easy. So doable. My hair is another story. It isn’t easy by any means. But when I do spend the time it is worth feeling fabulous.
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Life really is too short to not feel wonderful. And if feeling wonderful is easy and controllable then why are we not all spending a little more time and a few extea dollars for this feeling? It is also true that one must take care of themselves before taking care of everyone else. In the coming weeks I intend to do more of this- finding simple, easy ways to feel better about me and my life & hopefully this will be visible with much more than a smile or mood. I hope this is evident also in my husband and children.