10 Activities That Will Make You Smile

Are you having a bad day or even worse a bad week? Or are you just in the mood to smile? Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from the world and turn that frown upside-down. So, I’ve gathered ten ideas that are foolproof to make you smile and giggle. Do one or do them all just remember it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile!

1. Play with puppies  

Playing with puppies will make you smile from ear to ear! You can volunteer at a local shelter or offer to dog sit for a friend. Playing with puppies will not only help you de-stress from a long week but also provide you with the loving support of man’s best friend.

2. Be a fashionista

It’s time to put away the sweats and put on what makes you glow. Whether it’s a feather dress or a polo tee, wear clothes that express who you are and who you want to be. Wearing clothes that make you feel good will send a smile straight to your face. So have fun with it, mix and match patterns you never have before, try on unique looking shoes, and be you!

3. Play on the swings

It’s always fun to do something from your childhood, and playing on the swings is no different. While it’s a joyful exercise for all ages, it’s one that’s guaranteed to leaving you smiling! No matter if you choose to go alone, or with a friend, or loved one playing on the swings can be an opportunity to laugh about the past and enjoy the present.

4. Listen to your favorite artist

Listening to music is a great way to put a smile on your face. Not only does listening to your favorite artist make you happy, but it also lets you get lost in the music. So clap, dance, make funny faces and snap pictures all to the beat of the songs you love.

5. A good quote  

Reading quotes can help you through a hard time. Since they’re inspirational, sometimes funny, and overall moving they’re more than likely to bring a little happiness to your day. A favorite one of mine is by Randall G Leighton who said, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

6. Hug a stuffed animal  

Stuffed animals are not only for children but are for the smiles of everyone. Whether your weakness is Olaf’s cuteness or a baby penguin’s cuddly nature hug a stuffed animal for a minute or two and you’ll experience an uncontrollable burst of happiness. So next time you see a stuffed animal in the store, instead of passing it up buy the little creature and give him or her a little cuddle.

7. Eat breakfast in bed  

Eating in bed can greatly improve your day. While it’s practical, it’s also so much fun. You can make cereal and lounge around and watch TV. Or if you want to try something new, why not craft together an omelet or some waffles for a morning of fun. It’s not only relaxing, but it’ll allow you some time to just be you.

8. Take a bubble bath  

Taking a bubble bath is one way to relax from a chaotic day. While it’s rejuvenating bubble’s will make anyone want to smile, it’s also the perfect treat to treat yourself to. There are various types of bubble bath’s that you can choose based on scent, skin type, and ingredients. So jump right in and relax!

9. Watch an old movie

Watching an old movie is not only nostalgic but also is an activity that brings joy to the entire family. Movies like The Breakfast Club, Cinderella, and The Godfather leave you with timeless characters and plots you want more of. Grab some popcorn and click play, and you’ll be smiling in no time.

10. Buy a gift for yourself

Sometimes it feels like we don’t appreciate ourselves as much as we should. So go out there and buy yourself a well-deserved gift. Whether it’s a cute bikini or a foot massager, buy what you have long wanted but never bought. It’s time to spoil yourself, and you might find a little smile peak at your lips.

Now off you go smiling angels have a great week!

10 Ways to Practice Self-Love

Too often we are plagued with busy days and tiring tasks that can leave us burnt out and feeling down. But every once in a while it’s necessary to leave work behind and focus on ourselves. Here are 10 methods to practice self-love:

1. Write encouraging messages/ quotes to yourself

It might sound silly, but it actually works! Writing inspiring messages and or quotes to yourself can make you embrace your inner badass. You can write them on a bathroom mirror, or if you don’t like such a permanent solution, you can always use a sticky note. A phrase I have always loved is “You are enough. You are worthy.”

2. Update your wardrobe

Updating your closet is a great way to shake things up. Not only is your style a great way to express yourself but it can brighten your mood too! Wearing clothes you love, feel confident in, and allow your personality to shine through will make you embrace your beautiful self even more.

3. Get a full night’s rest

If you live on six hours of sleep or less, you might be feeling lethargic, low-spirited, and even unhappy because you’re simply tired. However, getting between eight to nine hours of sleep each night can drastically change your mood and boost your self-confidence. So grab a comfy pillow and snuggle in for the night, it will be worth missing a party or two.

4. Do something you always wanted to do but never have

Life is too short to have not fulfilled your life-long dreams. Take a chance and go for it whether it’s wanting to meet George Clooney, taking an Aerial class, or going on a road trip to Vermont. You’ll not only feel happy about your accomplishment, but you can mark one thing off your bucket list!

5. Relax  

Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all. Allow yourself to rest and relax by de-stressing.  Binge watch your favorite show, lounge at the pool, or read your favorite book. You’ll see a difference in your mood after a day away from work.

6. Write a love letter to yourself  

Too often we forget our talents and instead focus on our negative traits. In writing a love letter to yourself, you can look inwards and describe your positive traits, or what you love about yourself physically or mentally. By doing such an exercise, you might learn new things about yourself!

7. Say no   

It’s okay to say no. If you don’t want to do something instead of going along with everyone else stand up for yourself and your opinions and say no. Not only will you embrace yourself but you’ll decide to put your moral values before others. Sometimes it’s important to put yourself first in situations instead of relying on others.

8. Celebrate yourself

Sometimes we get caught up in our daily routine, and we forget to celebrate ourselves. Celebrating in life is essential in order to remember that life is not all terrible. No matter if it’s a job interview, an anniversary, or perhaps meeting your mileage goal for the month it’s important to remember you are worth celebrating!

9. Keep a journal  

Writing your thoughts, hopes, and dreams can be a pretty daunting task however it’s well worth it. Not only will you likely learn about yourself but writing has a way of healing scars, of course not for everybody. But keeping a journal is a way to work through your emotions and to express them as well. Also, depending on what kind of journal you want you might find one with inspiring quotes, fun activities, daily prompts, and cute pictures to fill your writing sessions.

10. Express yourself  

Don’t try to be anyone else just be you. If you love to paint then paint until you can no longer stand. If your dream is to become a director in Hollywood than direct plays, movies, and study your craft. If your happy with the material you are putting out into the world than chances are you’ll be happy with yourself. Express yourself in the ways you love and love will find it’s way to you.

Now, off you go beautiful people have a fantastic day!