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Do Tell: What Do You Do to Lift Your Spirits?

I'm a fan of motivational tips because even though some of them may seem corny and random, they can be helpful in a pinch.

I needed a picker-upper the other day and was reminded of this list of things to do to ensure a better life. It may sound silly, but doing two things on the list — eating almonds and taking a walk while grinning like a weirdo (OK, that's not how he put it!) really did boost my mood.

I'm all about being proactive. What do you do to lift your spirits?

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pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
chocolates! never cease to make me happy! but i cant eat chocies now *sigh* thats why im sad... =(
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
Fuzzies: I totally agree! What is it about messy cooking that is so cathartic? My fiance is horrified by my spattered, stained cookbook, but to me they are just well-loved! When I am in a funk I always go to this flower shop by my work that is like a fairyland. When I'm at home, I look through all my old pictures and reminisce about fun times I've had to remind me there are more to come!
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Clean. Listen to music. Call someone. Shop. Watch a favorite movie. Or all of the above. Sometimes I write, or maybe even paint. Just depending. Another thing I've done is go to a book store and hang out reading a great book. I'm sure I've also gone to a gym and worked out. I guess it just depends on my mood and how bad it is.
mollylove mollylove 7 years
I call a good friend and have a good laugh!
mira1988 mira1988 7 years
I actually love to clean and play country music blasting for hours. Or I go for a walk and look at the mountains.
nancita nancita 7 years
I like to look at photos from fun times, have a nice cocktail or sandwich, or go for a walk.
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
baking & my fav music
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm a get drunk person too. Either that or coffee, lots and lots of coffee. Walking around helps a lot too. :)
asktaz asktaz 7 years
i usually get dressed, turn up the music and dance it away! dancing(or exercise in general) burns off stress hormones and raises endorphin levels. Always makes me feel better!
jennaboa jennaboa 7 years
I go to the toy store around the corner from where I live and play around like a kid for a while, bouncing on bouncy ball horses, wearing silly hats and blowing bubbles. And then I head to the attached tea shop, order a coconut bubble tea -- because its bubbles and has the coolest fat straws. Living like a kid is a much better option for me than blowing all my money on new shoes (my other preferred lift my spirits activity).
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I go for a run!
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
Writing in my journal. I should do it more often actually, because right after I'm done, whatever was putting me down immediately seems a lot more manageable.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I have a small chest that I keep things that are very meaningful to me and that are always able to lift me out of a funk. I also browse through my many self-help/motivational books that I've highlighted favorite passages and/or quotes in. I listen to music, dance and/or clean. Often, simply getting up and moving even if it's just to walk across the room helps, just changing my position is a big help.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
Listening to music, especially The Killers. I find their songs uplifting :) Talking to my best friend Bradley or going for a nice long walk is also a good option :)
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Retail therapy, get a massage, play with my puppy, journal, etc.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
Chrstne, LOVE the idea of making this an extra credit assignment! i bet you'll get some really great introspective responses
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
My favorite from this list: No one is in charge of your happiness except you. It's easy to blame your bad moods on other people/events, but it's all about how you deal with the situations thrown at you.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Brian! :rotfl: I love you!!! I snuggle or play with that lump on my avi known as Oliver. Also cooking. The messier the better!
snowjewel snowjewel 7 years
Go shopping! Then go home and purge the closet to make room for the new :) Take a long walk in the woods, get drunk with girlfriends, pet my doggies...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
A good hug from my husband.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
I make art, go for a walk to a park, super clean my apartment, play with my dog, call my family, or go to dinner with a close friend. I definitely bookmarked this list. I think I might even print it out and put it on my fridge. Stay positive! Thanks!!
JMarsh512 JMarsh512 7 years
Get down on the floor and start playing with my pups. Gets me right out of my funk.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Cleaning is the best thing I do to make myself feel better. After that, it's reading happy stories or books, and cuddling with my honey. I bookmarked that list though, it was very nice. I think I may have my students write lists about what they can do to improve their mood or lift their spirits -- words of wisdom or something. It doesn't fit in with what I'm doing, but it's an E.C. assignment, for sure.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
It sound very cheesy and cliche, but what I do to lift my spirit is to think about my accomplishment and how lucky I'm. It reminds me not to sweat the small things.
CozmoMeg86 CozmoMeg86 7 years
Listening to ska music and baking make me happy. I never want to eat what I want to eat what I bake though so my friends are always the lucky recipients of surprise goodies when I've had a horrible day. Lucky them...
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