Well, hello you creative cupcake! 🙂
So glad you’re here!
If you know me even a little bit, I’m sure you’re aware of my passion when it comes to the little things in life.
You know, the really little things which can brighten up everyday life?
What I love about them the most is their simplicity, their accessibility and the warm feeling they bring to the heart.
Can you relate?
So I’ve decided to create a post series dedicated to the little things which make our lives happier and complete.
(and by all means, it won’t be the only one on this topic!)
This time I’m making a list of the little things that don’t cost a thing which you can do by yourself, just because I want to prove that things which can be priceless can also be free.
You know the phrase, money doesn’t buy happiness.
It’s made for a reason!
(Well, technically, whatever you do if you’re using some tangible un-reusable item could be considered as having an expense of some sort. But let’s not be meticulous. The ideas in here are doable either for free or for almost next to nothing. 🙂 )
So, are you ready?
Let’s bright up our days, it’s time for the little things!
Depending on your current energy level, or just a personal preference, take a break this very moment from whatever you’re into and meditate or exercise for about 15 minutes.
(I think it’s needless to point out their positive effects)
Take a relaxing shower or a bubble bath
With only a little extra effort, you can transform a regular self-care activity into a very pleasant experience.
Write in a journal
You don’t need to have some fancy journal for this job (unless you specifically want to) – just a regular notebook will also serve the purpose.
(and you can always decorate it later to make it prettier)
Write about your dreams and desires, your thoughts, about the things you’re grateful for, the events and conversations which made your day happier…
Or just write about whatever goes through your mind at the moment.
Create a vision board
Making a vision board is both fun and useful.
While creating it you’re focused on presenting your sparkly future (can’t be anything else! 😉 ) in a visually appealing manner.
Not just you’ll have fun while searching for the right, uplifting images and/or quotes, and afterward cutting, gluing and decorating the pieces together, but later on, it will be a very effective place to go to if/when in need for some extra motivation boost. (which -you have to agree- we all need from time to time)
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Take some free online course
There are so many online courses nowadays with so many different topics to choose from.
Whatever may be your passion, somewhere out there’s a course for you.
(and yes, it can be found for free)
So why not try to freshen up your knowledge on some of your old hobby, or add new insights to your current one?
Or maybe some course on self-development or even one related to your profession?
It could be useful, fun, and also inspiring.
Read a book
If you ask me, my favorite time to read a book is in the evening, when all of the chaos of the day has ended, and the quiet time has come.
(yay to that! 🙂 )
My “reading hour”, as I like to call it, has easily become a part of my evening routine which I’m looking forward to in each day.
Evening is the perfect moment when I like to snuggle in a cozy spot, turn on a small, discrete lamp, sometimes even light a scented stick, take a book – and read.
Do try it out for yourself!
(bonus: if you’re in bed, when you start to feel tired, you can just turn to the side and fall asleep! 😀 )
Write a letter to a dear friend or a family member
And by that, I mean a real, handwritten letter – not an email!
Do you remember when was the last time you did it, or even if you did it at all?
(I have to admit, it’s been several years for me, I guess it’s about the time to listen to my own advice! 😉 )
Even though it may be passé (and it surely takes longer than just a phone call), that is the exact reason why the person you’re writing to will be pleasantly surprised.
And isn’t it a great feeling knowing you’ve made someone’s day?
Make a plan
What is one of your dreams?
Maybe it’s a vacation at an exotic destination, starting (or finding) a job which fulfills you, building a country-house, have a get-together of all dear friends you haven’t seen in a while, or something else?
Whatever your desire is, set some time aside and make a plan of it.
Call it (and make it) your new, exciting goal.
Make a greeting card & send it to someone
Why not make a personalized and unique greeting card and send it to someone dear to you?
It doesn’t have to be the New Year to do it, ya’ know?
(end even better if it’s not! It’ll make the surprise even greater!)
This idea is good both for the mind and for the heart.
By making a greeting card you stimulate your brain to come up with some creative ideas while also engaging your emotions into it.
You don’t have to be a pro-photographer or to have the best camera, light, or even surroundings to take pictures.
Goodwill, a phone with a camera (which I’m sure you already have), and some idea will do just fine for a start.
Take photographs of the world around you, snap the big picture or just a tiny fraction of it.
You might be surprised by ending up with one fun portfolio in your possession.
(and here are some tips on how to shoot images like a pro using only your phone to help you along)
Everybody has at least a few items around the house which are not being used anymore.
(c’mon! it can’t be only me! 😛 )
It could be anything from clothing and shoes to small household items, furniture, or tools.
Instead of just taking the space, consider donating those items where appropriate.
Not only it’ll mean (even a lot) to someone, but you will also feel better by knowing you helped a person.
As a bonus, you organized your home a bit and have less clutter to deal with in the future.
Go to a free concert/museum/art gallery
Depending on your personal preferences, broaden your artistic horizons by attending a free concert, a museum exhibition, or an art gallery.
Every now and then (where I live, quite often at summertime, I must say) you can find a free art exhibition, open-air cinemas, music shows, or special free-entry museum days.
Keep an eye on such opportunities by staying updated with a calendar of events in your place of living, and do visit an event or two when you find the one which matches your interests.
Be inspired by observing (and enjoying!) the world from an artistic point of view. 🙂
Take a walk in the park
To me, nothing beats nature.
It’s the simplest and sometimes most effective way to…
To clear your mind, to de-stress and relax, to get inspired, to stay in the shape, and of course, to cheer up your day.
You don’t have to do something special, a little light walk or just sitting on the bench and feeding the birds or watching the people (and animals) around you will surely brighten up your day.
Turn on the music and dance
Yeah to this one!
Who’s with me here?
If you haven’t done this already, you’re missing out all the fun!
(and I have to ask you, are you a human?)
My favorite: turn on the music and make it LOUD!
Yeeee! Rock on! 🙂
Learn a new language
Ok, the truth is this one is no quickie.
It takes time to learn a new language.
(and even a whole lot of it, if you want to really dive deep)
However, consistency and taking small steps each day will eventually get you the results.
So, the next time when you’re visiting a foreign country (and it just so happens you know their language 😉 ), you can hop in and engage in a conversation as if you were (almost) a local. 🙂
Duolingo (www.duolingo.com) is one great site where you can learn a language for free!
(it’s really awesome, do check it out if you’re planning to learn a language!)
Count your blessings
It’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending tasks, looking for the next thing to get done.
But it’s a good thing to stop every now and then and take a look at what you’ve accomplished, who was there for (and with) you, and what you already have.
Sometimes (or maybe even most of the time?), it’s not about chasing the next (big) thing, it’s about being content with what you already have.
Ride a bike/go rollerblading/skating
Who enjoys being outside?
I know I sure do!
Any activity which involves being out in fresh air will surely bring a smile to your face.
It’s true that these activities demand a little bit more energy, but they’re making up for it by keeping you in the shape.
As a bonus, it’s nice to look at the surroundings while riding a bike or rollerblading, and if it’s winter – then skating is the thing to go for!
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Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle
Sit in your favorite chair, or on a couch or sofa, lift your feet up, take a glass of your favorite beverage and a pen, and exercise your brain with these mind-stimulating puzzles (while relaxing your body at the same time).
You can even make a challenge out of it!
For example, how many sudoku puzzles can you solve in 15 minutes?
Try to set a new record each time. 😉
People are drawn to nature, so don’t pretend you’re an exception!
Being outside can both relax and stimulate the mind and the body.
One nice hobby to have is gardening.
Depending on your affinities, you could grow various flowers, or even make a little (or bigger!) orchard or vegetable garden of your own.
(it probably won’t be enough to actually live on it, but I’m sure the fruits & veggies you’ve grown will have the sweetest taste! 😉 )
And if you don’t have a yard, don’t feel left behind!
A couple of pot plants will do the same trick, whether they are or a balcony or inside your home.
Visit the local church
Do loud noise, crowd, and never-ending rush seem to surround you most the day?
(and days, and days in a row)
Sometimes all you might need is a little peace and quiet.
(trust a mother of two little ones on this one!)
The solution might be to visit a local church (or any other place which is your place of worship) to get some peace and clarity back.
There you will have the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, to contemplate about the life you’re living, your direction and your path without being disturbed.
It’s a place to feel humbled and grateful for the things you have.
Simply, it’s where you get a different perspective on life you live and its purpose.
When I was a kid, knitting and sewing were considered as regular duties to almost all grannies at the time. 😀
But, times changed, and nowadays it is considered more as a hobby.
(and a quite useful one, too!)
Knitting, in particular, is one good stress-relieving activity.
(it’s proven that repetitive movements lower the stress and the tension we may feel).
So, if it looks appealing to you – knit or sew!
(and send me the picture of your handiwork when done! 🙂 )
Practice drawing or painting
This one is similar to knitting and sewing (when it comes to relieving the stress) but on a different level.
Maybe knitting’s not your thing, and you’re more of an illustrator-type of person.
But even if you think you’re not good at this, give it a try.
As you know, practice makes perfect.
(and this one is no exception!)
Through drawing or painting, you can set your imagination free, discover and create strange, wonderful and/or magical worlds!
Learn to play some musical instrument
Yeah, this one is a tough one…
You won’t do it in a day, ya’ know?
(unless banging at pans is considered as being a drummer. No, wait… that’s what my kids think! 🙂 )
But if the music is the art you love the most, maybe you should consider learning how to play a musical instrument of your dreams.
Or any, as a matter of fact.
It could be your source of great satisfaction.
(and you’ll also get beautiful songs to listen to)
Plus, you’ll be a favorite guest at your friends’ parties! 😉
Do something really silly (and maybe even weird!)
You know, the things you always wanted to do but were too embarrassed to do them in front of other people…
(come on, I know you have them… 😀 )
If such a thing can be pulled off in the privacy of your home (or maybe in your yard, if no one can see you), go for it!
Take a shower with your clothes on, go outside when it rains without an umbrella and dance, paint your face whatever way you want, or wear that ridiculous costume you always wanted.
(what?! just me?! 😀 )
You’ll find no better time for such things than when being alone!
Yes, you’ve read it well.
I know what you think…
“This is not an activity!”
But actually, it’s quite needed.
We all have a more or less hectic lifestyle, with a million and one things to do in each day.
And sleep is often sacrificed to make all those tasks happen.
Yet, when we don’t sleep well (or enough), we run out of our “fuel” faster, and that is also accompanied by unwillingness and grumpiness.
Nobody wants that!
So, yes – get some sleep, you’ll be much happier and more willing to do whatever you have to do the next day.
(or in the same day, if you took just a quick afternoon nap) 🙂
Your turn now.
What’s your favorite little thing which brightens up your day?
Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
And promise me (and yourself!) never to forget to have (at least) a little spark of happiness in each day! 😉