— Feeling All the Feelings

43 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy

You know when you wake up in one of those moods where everything kind of annoys you? We’ve been there. Sometimes we just want to give in and indulge in these feelings like they’re chocolate cake. But other times we’re like, “screw THAT, I want to be happy as a clam today.” Now what?

The last thing you want to hear when you’re all irked is the phrase, “just be happy!” as though your happiness is a t-shirt you can shimmy into. We know it’s not. But if you’re looking to pull yourself out of a temporary funk, there are some small, simple steps you can take to get your joy juices flowing again. For starters:

1. Buy (or make) yourself a bouquet of flowers.

2. Make a cup of coffee or tea and read a book in bed. Don’t do anything else for at least thirty minutes.

3. Make a playlist consisting solely of songs you liked in 7th grade.

4. Put on your sneakers and go on a long walk. Stop every now and then and people watch.

5. Go through your entire closet and donate anything you haven’t worn in the last year. You will feel so much lighter.

6. Turn on some dance music, and make dinner entirely from scratch.

7. Take every tangible item that is making you unhappy, and toss it into the dumpster.

8. Buy a kid’s coloring book and color with a brand new pack of Crayola crayons for an hour.

9. Clean out your e-mail inbox.

10. Give yourself a facial.

11. Paint your nails bright orange, or do something new, like gold chevron or polka dots.

12. Wake up an hour before work and journal your thoughts and any dreams you may have had.

13. Treat yo’ self to a new lip balm/nail polish/funky pillow case/book.

14. Plant something.

15. Buy yourself a brand new notebook.

16. Put on a fancy outfit and go buy yourself an extravagant beverage. 

17. Write a poem.

18. Rearrange your furniture (feng shui can really do wonders).

19. Watch ‘90s music videos.

20. Delete anyone from your Facebook who gives you bad vibes.

21. Look through old photos of your parents.

22. E-mail an old professor/teacher you were close to, and say hi.

23. Listen to Rainy Mood and read a magazine from cover to cover

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