How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy :: The List

Let's see what we can do for ourselves...

Part One

Eat something with your hands. 
Call your best friend. 
Drink champagne (with maraschino cherries) out of plastic cups while picnicking on your porch. 
Drink sparkling grape juice out of champagne glasses.

Learn to say 'I Love You' in a new language. 
Discover a new favorite actor and spend a month watching all their movies or tv shows with friends. 
Grow flowers on your windowsill. 
Open all the windows, play music, and start your spring cleaning. 
Listen to poetry by Shel Silverstein. 
Take a multi-vitamin for two weeks, see you feel any different/healthier. 
Learn to say "I want to play" in a new language. 

Learn to say I Miss You in a new language. 
Buy a small, inexpensive present for your partner/spouse/best friend. 
Play scrabble on the floor with friends while listening to Kate Nash and The Postal Service. 
Make hot tea and drink it by the window.

Write a story about someone falling in love.


Re-read a book from your childhood. 
Watch anything with Carey Grant or Marilyn Monroe. 
Go out for sushi and order one expensive thing you've always wanted to try. 
Go swimming. 
Go for a bike ride. 
Learn how to cook your favorite food. 
Turn off all the lights and live by candlelight for a day. 
Kiss someone. 
Watch something kick-ass where the good guys win. 
Tell yourself you are awesome. 
Eat your favorite candy. 
Try something different.

Get a haircut. 
Wear something tacky and bright and crazy and wonderful. 
Paint your fingernails with rainbows. 
Go see a free or cheap show. 
Play tag at the park. 
Paint all your cheap furniture in bold colors. 
Pick flowers. 
Tell someone you like them, just because. 
Turn fabric into curtains, picnic blankets, table cloths, or sarongs. 
Learn how to make your favorite drink, and invite everyone over to have one. 
Call someone you miss. 
Take a walk with someone you love. 
Find a new favorite writer. 
Find a new favorite coffee shop, restaurant, or park.
Just Breathe.

Part  Two

Go for a walk by yourself. When you wake up or just before you go to sleep.
Include something glittery in your makeup.
Grab a pen and give yourself a cute little face tattoo.
Wear something glamorous
Make a "Self Love Bible" and show yourself some love!

Take your pets for a walk.
Listen to something beautiful.
Plan a day sometime soon that's just for you and only do things you love.
Spend an hour doing nothing but writing, reading, or creating something!

Part Three

Wear a thick, fluffy, over-sized sweater that you just can't get enough of.
Sit outside on a chilly, sunny day, and breath in the smell of cold.
Have a pot of tea on your patio, porch, or in your garden.


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