Wednesday, March 8, 2017

10 Happiness Boosts

from an afternoon where the clouds were cotton candy 

Life is full of craziness. So amidst the craziness, take a little time to give yourself a happiness boost. 

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1. Work out. I know that it sounds counterproductive, but trust me- it will make you feel better once you get past the exhaustion. I've been working out every day since March began, and I'm finally starting to love it. Pinterest has some really fun workouts that make exercise fun instead of a chore. And remember, to quote the wonderful Elle Woods- "Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't kill their husbands." (Or that horrible teacher who just gave you three essays this week. Exercise, folks. Give your self-control a boost.) 

2. Write. Anything you want- just write. Write a journal entry, a poem, even an Instagram caption. Just get some words off your chest. You'll feel lighter. 

3. Drink some water. You're probably dehydrated and don't even know it. Water will make you feel better, I promise. 

4. Do something special for your appearance. Whether that's putting on your favorite shoes or a swipe of bright lipstick, when you feel like you look nice, you'll be more confident and ready to take on the world. Just remember, you look great no matter what. 

5. Text someone you love. Think of a person who always brightens your day, and talk to them. You need people in your life who will bring you up when you're down. 

6. Listen to your favorite song. Music is proven to lift your mood, and having a song that you like stuck in your head will make you happier. 

7. Get something done, no matter how small. Knocking something off of your to-do list will life a burden off of your shoulders, no matter how tiny of a task. Feeling productive will oftentimes motivate you to do something else, and clear your mind even more. 

8. Splurge on a treat. For a minute, stop worrying about how unhealthy that cinnamon roll is, and just enjoy it. Treat yo self. 

9. Jot down ten things that you're thankful for. It's cliche, but it will make you happier. 

10. Take a breath. Do something you love. You've got this. 

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What makes you happy?  



63 comments:

  1. This is so sweet and helpful and such good ideas!! <33

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    1. <3<3<3 I am so glad that you enjoyed it!!

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  2. Great ideas <3 love this post

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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  3. I loved this post! <3333
    I loved #5 best! I actually do that! But sometimes I feel like I'm bugging them. :)
    And are those clouds for real!?

    ~Daminika
    lifeonpoohcorner.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so glad!! <3
      I feel the same way sometimes, but in the end we're really not! They're friends for a reason:)
      They are!! Aren't they crazy??

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  4. Love this so much! ♥♥

    ♥Katie
    www.thekitkatstudio.blogspot.com

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  5. Happiness booster:
    Reading your blogposts <3

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  6. These are so great!!!! Like, all of them. I need to remember this next time I'm feeling down in the dumps/ the pit of the pity party.

    Lovely post, Grace!

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  7. Yes! All of these are great ideas that work too.. I've actually started stretching and doing some exercises, and it does feel so good!

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  8. I've been reading so many happiness posts recently and this was just such a great boost. When you wrote the hydration thing I instinctively drank from my water bottle. :') Go hydration! I'm going to take advice #9 to heart and write a blog post about it. I'll be sure to mention you when I do!

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    1. The amount of happiness posts I've seen lately just thrills me. XD Yay for hydration! And I can't wait to see your blog post! Somehow I wasn't following your blog??? I just fixed that ;)

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  9. I LOVED THESE <3

    Happiness boosters are some of my favorite things. AND THOSE CLOUDS ARE BEAUTIFUL WOW <3

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous????? I LOVE PRETTY CLOUDS <3

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  10. Definitely agree with all of these :) I'm currently trying to get back into working out after a while of not doing it and I already feel like I'm in a better mood. I'll have to add reading to the list, picking up a book and getting lost in it always boosts my happiness x

    Sara’sChapters

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    1. Ever since I've been working out, I've been so much happier and had so much more energy, it's crazy. Oh my goodness, how did reading not make it up there?? Reading always lifts my mood:)

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  11. I love this so much! These are all great ideas!

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  12. Even reading these lists if things to make you happier makes me happy!! Thanks lovely. You truly inspire(:

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    1. I'm so glad that this made you happy! You always make me happy, V:)

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  13. Love this post! I think I will want to do some of those things (if not all them) when I'm feeling sad. XD

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  14. These are awesome! Thanks, Grace!

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  15. All of the stuff you listed are all things I'm trying to incorporate more in my life.
    Great list! :)

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  16. Yes to all of these! I've definitely found that making a special effort on my appearance helps me feel more positive. As does working out, or even just going for a walk with the dog. It's amazing how good small changes can make you feel.

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    1. Right? Last week I had a presentation, and I felt so much more confident because I threw on some heels and dressed up a bit. And going on walks is just the best!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Imogen!

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  17. Love this. Those couds are awesome, by the way.

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    1. Thank you! And aren't they? So pretty<3

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  18. Adorable post, Grace Anne. Love that Elle Woods quote!

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    1. Thank you!!! Elle Woods quotes are always necessary ;)

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  19. I needed this pick me up! Thank you for these suggestions.

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad that this helped you a bit!! <3

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  20. I hadn't gone on your blog in the past few days because truth to be told they've been really really difficult for me and I'm still trying to get through it and this post was exactly what I needed to see right now. Thank you so much for sharing it like honestly ( :

    Also my Pinterest messaging system has completely stopped working, which is why I haven't responded. I don't really know what's wrong with it but for now it's just not sending anything out

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    1. I'm so sorry you've been having a rough few days!! Sending you lots of hugs <3<3<3

      That's so bizarre about Pinterest! Ugh. You can always email me anytime:)

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  21. Those are some great tips! And all very important. Other things I enjoy and that bring me happiness are baking and watching my favourite movies. I only just finished baking some raspberry and white chocolate muffins and the house smells so good! ^_^

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  22. This post was so relaxing! Things that make me happy are music, books, rainy days and cozy sweaters. <3 :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, all of those make me happy :) <3

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  23. YAS I love this. Actually it made me thirsty so brb I'm going to get some water xD

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  24. Maxene O&#39;ReilleyMarch 14, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    I love listening to my favorite song when I'm not totally "hep" if you will. ;) You have some great ideas, Grace Anne! (btw your name Grace is my middle name haha! I'm Maxene Grace :D)
    --Maxene

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    1. Music always is a good pick me up! And that's so cool that your middle name is Grace! :)

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  25. Music is definitely something that makes me happy . (=

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  26. ASDFGHJKL THIS LIST IS LOVELY THANK YOU FOR IT <3333
    Exercise is sooo nice and refreshing!! Especially yoga and stretching and deep breathing.
    Also my Pinterest boards make me happy :'''') BECAUSE.

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. YOU ARE SO LOVELY <3

      Stretching is just the best. :') AND PINTEREST BOARDS ARE BEAUTIFUL

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  27. just reading this made me happy. i do believe you're onto something here.

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    1. and that makes ME incredibly happy. <3

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  28. Yesss on working out. People complain about it -- I complain about it, sigh -- but it's scientifically proven to help, and being active gives you a huge boost. I'm discovering that more and more and I swear it's helping me so much more than anything else.

    I really enjoy going outside, going on a walk somewhere I wouldn't normally go, taking time to be by myself and, y'know, doing nothing. Because sometimes you have to step away and actively rest.

    - Aimee (To the Barricade!)

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    1. I complain about it constantly, yet I just don't feel right if I don't move around at least a little. It's been kind of gray out today so I didn't go out to walk or anything and I'm starting to feel a bit stir crazy.

      It's so nice to step away and go somewhere different. It just really clears your mind.

      Thanks for stopping by, Aimee <3

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  29. Bad music + bad friends can lead to this definitely. Not only do we need friends who will bring us up, but who will inspire us to be better Christians. And as a youth band leader's daughter, I can SO say that music is everything. It changes our thoughts and influences us daily. That's why I listen to Christian music.
    Lovely blog (lovely pink xD)
    -Mic from the Wonderkept life (http://lovelypinkduckshome.blogspot.com)

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    1. They definitely do! Friends are so important, as is good music.

      Thank you, haha! Thanks for stopping by:)

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