When you are in a good mood, make a list of things that bring you joy.
Make sure they are things you can control.
Good idea: Do something for others.
Act like a kid
Ask a friend to attend a special event in your community with you
Ask someone to watch a movie with you
Asking someone to listen to you
Attend a support group
Attending a workshop or lecture on a subject of interest to you
Balloon ball: There are endless ways to play with balloons indoors. Try to keep it off the ground or just play catch.
Be with people who love me
Blogging on the internet
Bubble bashing: Blow bubbles and smash them.
Bubble wrap attack: If you get bubble wrap in the mail, jump on it until it's all popped.
Buy a beautiful card, write yourself a friendly note, and send it to yourself
Call a friend or family member
Calling my parents
Cook something familiar
Cook something new
Creative affirming activities like painting, singing, dancing, cooking
Dance party: Turn on the music and dance.
Do laundry every day instad of all at one time
Do something “normal” like washing your hair, shaving or going to work
Do something nice for someone else
Do something that makes you laugh
Doing a favor for someone
Doing a relaxation exercise
Drawing or painting
Eat three healthy meals per day
Exercise with a friend
Fly a kite
Focus on and appreciate what is happening right now
Follow the leader: get a workout video
Freeze dance: When the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music begins again.
get a haircut
Get a medication check
Get a second opinion
Get some little things done
Getting a haircut
Go for a walk
Go to a sport complex and play Laser tag
Go to a zoo
Go to an exercise gym to exercise around other people.
Go to the library and check out a book, magazine or movie
Hallway bowling: Fill up water bottles and use any ball you have.
Hop like a bunny or frog, squat and waddle like a duck, etc.
Imagine what you want your life to be like, and make plans to get closer to that idea
Invite someone to join you for lunch
Journaling–writing in a notebook
Kick a can down a street
Listen to music
Listening to someone else
Listening to the radio
Look at pictures and scrapbooks
Look for things to be grateful for
Make a date with your partner to do something fun
Make a list of your accomplishments
Make a list of your favorite things
Make a "Joy" list of things - that you have control over - that bring you pleasure (try to do at least one joyful thing a day)
Nap for 45 minutes
Obstacle course: Create a furniture course in your apartment or take chalk and make a course outside.
Playing a musical instrument
Playing catch with friends
Playing with your pet
Popcorn pushups: Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. Lower yourself down and stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn with each thrust.
Put on a favorite outfit
Put positive affirmations on index cards, slip them in a drawer to be discovered later as a treat
Quietly sit and breate deeply for 5 minutes
Relaxation and stress reduction exercises
Repeat positive affirmations
Researching an interesting topic at the library
Say nice things out loud to yourself when no one is around
See a counselor
Sewing, knitting, crocheting
Smile at everyone you see
Sock skating: If you have hard floors, put on socks to skate around. Try spins or hockey stops, or see who can slide the farthest.
Spend ten minutes writing down everything good you can think of about yourself
Spending time with family
Spin in a circle until you are dizzy, then flop down on your bed.
Surround yourself with people who are positive, affirming and loving
Tae Kwon Do
Take a bubble bath
Take a nap
Take a warm bath
Take medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements
Take time off from home or work responsibilities
Taking medications daily
Taking vitamins and food supplements
Talk to a friend
Talk to a health care professional
Tell someone how much you appreciate them
Thank someone for something they have done to help you
Try an online support group
Using a lightbox, or window to trace a picture
Watch a video
Watching favorite TV show
Wear something that makes you feel good
Wearing a brace to protect a hand or back from strain
Wii sports games
Write a letter to future you
Writing in a journal
Xeriscape your yard
YouTube has lots of funny, uplifting, crazy videos….set a timer
Zest a lemon and use the shreds in a smoothie or muffin mix
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