Mood Booster

Photo Credit: Angie McMonigal Photography
Photo Credit: Angie McMonigal Photography

There are those days, those weeks, those months when things just seem a bit, well, subpar. When we’re feeling a little down, a little stressed, or in a bit of a funk. Maybe the cause is a fleeting, no-good-reason bad mood. Or maybe its work stress, family feuds, relationship disagreements, career setbacks, rejection, money problems, illness, medical concerns, lack of sleep, or just a case of the Mondays.

Whatever the reason, we all find ourselves in need of a pick-me-up every now and again. Last week, Courtenay at Iowa Soup Mama wrote about how researching – everything from cork flooring to laser hair removal – helps her feel better in the face of rejection. While I could write several posts about rejection, I will save that topic for another day and, instead, give you a list of things that make me feel better.

25 Things That Make Me Feel Better


1. Daydreaming about visiting places like the photo above.

2. Listening to Broadway showtunes.

3. Hugs from my little ones.

4. A massage.

5. Cookie dough.

6. Soul music.

7. Watching “Glee.”

8. Emailing a close friend.

9. Advice from my husband.

10. Going for a run.

11. Watching “Arrested Development.” (only six more days until the new episodes!)

12. Reading US Weekly.

13. Helping someone else.

14. Walking my dogs.

15. Praying.

16. A nap.

17. Checking in with a friend or family member I haven’t talk to in a while.

18. Screaming at the top of my lungs.

19. The last 15 minutes of “Happy Feet 2.”

20. Looking at old pictures.

21. Coffee.

22. Dancing.

23. A good long cry.

24. Writing.

25. Calling my mom.

What things make you feel better?


Special thanks to Angie McMonigal Photography for providing the photo above as part of our Photo Inspiration Challenge. You can see more of her work on her website or Facebook page.

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