Top 10 Things to Cheer You Up
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
March 17, 2011
Filed Under Self Help
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Okay, you old grouch. You are down in the dumps, waaaay down, and don’t think there is any way you can possibly resurface from your drum and strang, which means storm and stress.
Oh, don’t kid yourself. You can – and it doesn’t take money or diamonds or Brad Pitt sleeping next to you to get your juices flowing and your motor going once again. (I’m sure even Angelina Jolie has her un-cheerful days. Count on it.) Here are the 10 ten things to cheer you up:
Find some good, uplifting company in a baby or small child: No you don’t have to have one yourself, just “rent” one for the day. Spend some time with a grandchild or your neighbor’s baby. Before you know it, you are going to be smiling and giggling and getting the biggest kick out of the child’s antics. You will find yourself reverting and doing and saying and enjoying childish things. Yes, there is a kid in all of us, regardless of our chronological age. Volunteer in a hospital nursery and rock babies who don’t have mothers to rock them. That is a good deed and will definitely cheer you up.
Consider the alternative. Death. Hmmm …. Be cheerful and grateful that you are (still) alive. Now reach over and cuddle your dog or your cat. Go buy a bucket of dog toys and get outside to romp with your non-judgmental best friend. Pets can lift your spirits in no time flat.
Crank up some oldies but goodies and get down in the privacy of your home or heck, take it out to a club. Or choose relaxing music to calm and center your spirit. Meditate on the good things in your life. Music lifts the spirit and soothes the soul.
7. Family and friends
Spend more time with family and friends, particularly the good ones. Avoid the toxic, blood suckers who will do anything BUT cheer you up.
6. Go shopping
Okay, retail therapy may not be highly recommended, especially if you’re counting pennies, but … a little spree shouldn’t hurt anything.
5. Do the unexpected
Do something totally unexpected. Chop off your hair and bleach it. Go for an action and adventure experience. Ride a four-wheeler. Bungee jump. Meet your spouse at the front door naked. This may cheer him up more than you but somebody’s going to get a good laugh out of it. Break free of your mundane daily routine and go for it. It’ll make a great story later, which you can tell someone who needs cheering up.
Find old friends. This is relatively easy to do nowadays with Facebook and MySpace. Reigniting old friendships can be a wonderful way to get cheered up. If it turns out that the best looking girl in your senior class is now … well … less than “best looking” this may perversely cheer you up, a lot.
3. Reach out
Make an effort to cheer up someone else. Quit thinking about yourself for a change. Visit someone who is isolated and perhaps elderly and is desperate for human contact and connection. It’s a good thing to do. Take THAT to the bank. What goes around comes around. Make someone else cheerful and it is contagious.
Look at old photo albums and home movies. Pull out your box of photos and get organized. Put them into photo albums and enjoy. Reminisce. Now don’t get all melancholy. Remember the good times; the comical things your children did and said when they were little and the crazy things you and your spouse once (and still can do) did. I can see you smiling already …
If you insist on being difficult and unreceptive and simply refuse to get with the party, there isn’t anything anyone else can really do to help you. No, winning the lottery isn’t necessarily the only answer to your doom and gloom but winning it might help. However, the odds aren’t great. Yes, you can do it. You can make yourself smile and maybe even belly laugh. Just start thinking about your life, even the dark, difficult times and how you managed to blunder through them, tripping over obstacles along the way, showing more resilience and perseverance than you knew was possible. Laughter is good medicine. Laughing at yourself is the first place to start.