Bring fresh flowers home
Africa Studio/Shutterstock As a writer, I often work from home, spending a lot of time on the computer. To stay connected to nature while indoors, I decorate my space with flowers. One of my favorite pick-me-ups is walking to a nearby grocery store to buy inexpensive tea roses, sunflowers, or gerbera daisies to bring home. I put the flowers in mason jars on the windowsill, on my bookcase and at my desk. The sweet smell and colorful sight make me feel light inside. The boost of happiness I get from fresh flowers made me wonder what others do. What I discovered was a slew of readily available (and good-for-you!) ways to feel a variety of positive emotions including energized, calm, empowered, and joyful. Read on for 23 instant mood boosters.
Do an act of kindness
Candace Payne went viral for her infectious laughter when she put on a Chewbacca mask and the Internet hailed her “Chewbacca Mom” after falling in love with her joy. She went on to write Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy. In an email, she told Reader’s Digest, “One of my favorite simple joys is to ‘create’ for others. I think about making something fun/pretty/useful to give away and I get to it. It might be crocheting a hat for a friend, lettering my favorite fun quote in sparkly markers, putting together a grocery bag of goodies and a taco recipe to drop on the doorstep of a neighbor, or causing an unexpected Nerf battle with the hubs after the kids fall asleep. When I do for others, I feel my mood instantly changes. My focus shifts from my problems and helps me find a way to brighten someone else’s day.” Inspired by Candace? Don’t miss 24 stories about the kindness of strangers that’ll make you tear up.