being happy http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13575/all en-US 30 Free Ways to Cheer Yourself Up http://www.wisebread.com/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2967604762_4e8caa7eff_z.jpg" alt="Young boy jumping for joy outside with mountains in the background." title="jumping for joy outside " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a genuinely sunny disposition isn't my default mode. For much of my adult life, I have had an overly analytic bent and a tendency to consider worst-case scenarios, which may have engendered thoughtfulness and responsibility but not lively exuberance.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have had to learn and practice optimism, lightheartedness, and, well, cheerfulness. As a result, I have gotten better at being positive and enjoying curves in the road. There are several techniques that have benefited me (and my friends) when circumstances or mindsets threaten inner contentment and outward joyfulness.</p> <p>When things have got you down, try one, two, or more of these ways to feel better about yourself and your life. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-things-to-be-happy-about">Big List of Things to Be Happy&nbsp;About</a>)</p> <h2>1. Confide in a Friend</h2> <p>Talking to a trusted friend about your troubles can be therapeutic. A friend can often give you better perspective on either what is happening to you or how you are responding, urging specific actions to remedy the cause of your sadness or offering much-needed reassurance.</p> <h2>2. Ponder Past Accomplishments</h2> <p>You might feel down if you have had recent setbacks or believe that you are not achieving your goals at a quick enough pace. Ease self-induced pressure by taking your focus off the future for a moment. Ponder the past to get a cheerful boost that moves you forward.</p> <h2>3. Do Something That Scares You</h2> <p>Step outside of your comfort zone. Try something that you want to do but scares you because it's unfamiliar. You might deliver a presentation at a professional gathering, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/sound-more-confident-in-one-easy-step">take a class in public speaking</a>, participate in a community book discussion, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-keys-to-great-management-learned-from-an-inner-city-mission-worker">volunteer at an inner-city ministry</a>.</p> <p>Facing a fear can energize you. Even if there are glitches, learn from your experiences and be glad that you are pursuing your dreams.</p> <h2>4. Think About How You Emerged From Bad Times</h2> <p>The twittersphere inspired this approach to <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/bobgoff/status/238989780250132481">reclaiming hope</a> &mdash; think about how you emerged from difficult circumstances in the past. Remember how you dealt with setbacks, sadness, and frustration. Putting these tactics into action can help you feel less dejected.</p> <h2>5. Exercise Intensely</h2> <p>Intense exercise, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise-and-stress/SR00036">the kind that raises your heart rate and produces endorphins</a>, can make you feel wonderful.</p> <p>I am amazed at how much a short but fast run eases anxiety, and even makes me oblivious to new difficulties that would otherwise cause anguish.</p> <h2>6. Read a Book</h2> <p>Getting absorbed in a page turner is an excellent way to forget about yourself and your distress. You may not feel cheery at the very moment (think disturbing scenes from &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner">The Kite Runner</a>&quot; or heart-tugging conversations in &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nicholassparks.com/books/dear-john">Dear John</a>&quot;). But, most likely, you&rsquo;ll distance yourself from your problems and feel better and happier about your life.</p> <p>Ask friends for book recommendations, focusing on the ones that deeply engage readers. Borrow from a friend, the library, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A%21133143011%2Cn%3A2245146011&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1358266700">download a classic for free</a>.</p> <h2>7. Plan a Trip</h2> <p>Anticipating a fun trip &mdash; whether it's a day hike in the mountains or a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-sightseeing-on-the-cheap">weeklong trek to visit museums in Washington, DC</a> &mdash; can make you happy. Although you don&rsquo;t want to spend tons of your time simply planning an escape from daily life, creating plans to enjoy yourself can help increase your enthusiasm for the future.</p> <h2>8. Catch a Movie</h2> <p>Lighthearted movies with an intriguing but not overly complicated plot can take your mind off difficulties, plus make you laugh.</p> <p>To keep this suggestion as a free option, catch a movie on television, watch via a streaming subscription (such as Netflix or Amazon Prime), check out a DVD from the library, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">find a free screening</a>. Ask friends about their favorite comedies or choose from a list, such as this compilation of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/06/the-25-best-comedy-movies-streaming-on-netflix-right-now/griff-the-invisible">25 best comedies streaming on Netflix</a> that includes &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-about-life-and-career-from-office-space">Office Space</a>.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Hang Out With Your Kids</h2> <p>Children seem to possess an endless well of bliss, which they are nearly always ready to share. They can show you how to act spontaneously, make friends effortlessly, and, most importantly, live happily in the moment.</p> <p>Spend a couple of hours with your children at the local playground (if you have small children of your own); accompany friends with children on an outing; or offer to babysit for a harried parent to bring cheer to yourself and others.</p> <h2>10. Volunteer</h2> <p>Volunteering can relieve stress and improve your outlook in many ways. It can:</p> <ul> <li>Give you a reason to interact with other people including fellow volunteers and non-profit clients</li> <li>Enable you to meet those who may have desperate needs yet remain cheerful in trying circumstances</li> <li>Make you feel appreciated</li> <li>Teach you a new skill</li> </ul> <p>In my experience, some non-profit agencies are more adept than others at fulfilling their missions, serving their clients, and making their volunteers feel like a valued part of the team. So, if an assignment isn't everything you imagined, delight in the opportunity to meet new people and being brave enough to try something new.</p> <h2>11. Watch a Funny Television Show</h2> <p>Watching a comedy show on television may seem like a frivolous waste of time, but if you need cheering up, it can be a great way to re-energize in 20-30 minutes.</p> <p>Although I often <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">do productive tasks while watching TV</a>, the best way to catch comedic nuances that make a show laughable is to give your full, relaxed attention. And, sometimes, you have to see several episodes (or watch the first season via Amazon Prime or Netflix) to understand the characters and plotlines. Similar to the approach for books and movies, ask friends for recommendations or check out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.imdb.com/list/MvZIMHjK8eI/">entertainment industry lists</a>.</p> <h2>12. Pinpoint What&rsquo;s Making You Listless</h2> <p>Figure out what is causing your listlessness. You may avoid trying to pinpoint a problem because you feel dissatisfied in all areas of your life. But this approach may reveal that there is just one thing that&rsquo;s wrong and that it can be easily addressed.</p> <h2>13. Hang Out With Teenagers</h2> <p>Teens can be a blast and impart hopefulness for the future. The ones I know (especially my sons and their friends) are insightful about the sometimes ridiculousness of accepted, grown-up behavior and can not only make you pause and think about your own pretensions, but more importantly, make you laugh at your own seriousness.</p> <h2>14. Do Something Nice for Someone Else</h2> <p>Being kind can lift low spirits, letting you to realize that your ill feelings don't have to control you even when you are having a lousy day. Plus, you may learn that horrific things are occurring in other people&rsquo;s lives; the recipient of kindness may tell you how your action helped them in a particularly black moment.</p> <p>For more than <a target="_blank" href="http://andthenwesaved.com/random-acts-of-kindness-ideas/">100 ideas on random acts of kindness</a>, check out this blog post from Anna Newell Jones.</p> <h2>15. Get Some Sunshine</h2> <p>You can&rsquo;t control the weather but you can get outside when the sun is shining. Spend 10-15 minutes outdoors on sunny (or even partly cloudy) days to lift your mood.</p> <h2>16. Take a Break From Social Media</h2> <p>Keeping up with friends on Facebook can be fun but may cause you to feel that you fall short in terms of a social life, cute-kid stories, and vacation travels. Step away from the computer in your leisure time and enjoy some real-world activities.</p> <h2>17. Forget About Worries for a While</h2> <p>Set aside a few hours each day <a target="_blank" href="http://boardofwisdom.com/togo/Quotes/ShowQuote/?msgid=220041">not to worry</a>, even if you have difficulty controlling fretfulness and anxiety. Free yourself to be happy by not letting worry dominate your thoughts.</p> <h2>18. Look at Old Pictures</h2> <p>Dig out photo collections, either in hard-copy or digital form. Let memories of past adventures and fun times make you smile.</p> <h2>19. Finish a Project</h2> <p>Muster the energy to complete an unfinished project to restore peace of mind. Having lots of partially-finished projects may be weighing you down more than you realize. Choose one that involves mindless activity rather than complicated tasks. Not only will you momentarily forget about whatever&rsquo;s bothering you, you'll get something done.</p> <h2>20. Take a Walk</h2> <p>Stroll through public spaces such as a city garden, beach, or a trail along a lake or river. Beautiful natural surroundings, along with movement, can lighten your mood. If you are short on time, hit the streets in your neighborhood or downtown area as a way of taking a brief break.</p> <h2>21. Invite Friends Over</h2> <p>Spending time with friends can help you to relax, enjoy yourself, and hopefully laugh and become cheerier. You'll celebrate friendships rather than focus on what you don&rsquo;t have or what you haven&rsquo;t accomplished yet.</p> <h2>22. Get Professional Help</h2> <p>Pursue professional help if lack of cheer is an ongoing and debilitating problem, or if you have an issue that you can't resolve on your own. Your health insurance may cover mental health services. Alternatively, you may be able to locate free resources through your local mental health center (which may offer support groups) and counseling centers associated with your community, place of worship, school, or workplace.</p> <h2>23. Play a Board Game</h2> <p>Whenever my sons, husband, and I play a board game, we always end up laughing breathlessly, either at silly responses elicited by personal questions embedded in the game or the raw competitiveness of each family member.</p> <p>Unlike many personal finance bloggers who consider board games a consistent source of cheap entertainment, I don't play very often. Still, this activity provides a pleasant distraction that can dispel the blahs.</p> <h2>24. Get Some Rest</h2> <p>You are more likely to be cheerful if you sleep well. Take a nap or resolve to get to bed earlier or sleep later. If you are having trouble sleeping, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-starting-or-jumpstarting-your-exercise-regimen">get more exercise</a>, consider <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">resetting your sleep cycle</a>, or cut out the electronic noise a few hours close to bedtime.</p> <h2>25. Learn From &quot;The Happiness Project&quot;</h2> <p>Stumbling blocks to happiness are often shared by others, even <a target="_blank" href="http://www.happiness-project.com/">happiness expert Gretchen Rubin</a>. You may find solace in seeing that you are not alone in your struggles. And, more to the point, you can discover tools for cultivating happiness and becoming more cheerful.</p> <h2>26. Plot Steps to Reach a Goal</h2> <p>Whether you made New Year&rsquo;s resolutions, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/trade-goals-for-values">took stock of your values</a>, set specific targets, or did none of the above at the start of the year, you likely have a dream that is yet to be realized. Put together a road map with the steps needed to achieve your desires. Through this process, notice your goals are well within reach, OR discover that getting there will be long and arduous. Either way, knowing that you have a plan can be encouraging.</p> <h2>27. List 50 Things for Which You Are Thankful</h2> <p>Gratitude can ease gloominess. Making a long list of things for which you are thankful can stir a deeper-than-usual awareness of what is going well in your life.</p> <h2>28. Clear Clutter</h2> <p>The process of clearing out clutter isn't fun, but the results can make you cheerier. With clutter gone, you can more readily release angst associated with past events, find the items that you need in your house, and entertain friends more often.</p> <h2>29. Learn Something New</h2> <p>Quiet your discontent by applying your brainpower to learning a new concept or gaining a practical skill.</p> <p>Look for free classes in the community offered by the library, chamber of commerce, or recreation department; listen to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">free university lectures</a>; ask a friend to share her expertise with you; pick up some <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-your-career-a-boost-with-one-skill">programming skills at Code Academy</a>, or take part in some of the free classes offered through <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skillshare.com/">Skillshare</a>.</p> <h2>30. Take Time Off</h2> <p>Daily routines &mdash; working much of the day or night, fixing meals, volunteering at school, doing laundry, etc. &mdash; can be overwhelming. Give yourself a break by using vacation days to relax. If you can't take time off, cancel outside obligations for a few days or weeks while you recharge.</p> <p>You can be contented without being perpetually perky. But, if you'd like to feel and act more upbeat, make the effort to nurture authentic cheerfulness.</p> <p><em>What do you do to pick yourself up when you&rsquo;re feeling down?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-guarantees-besides-death-and-taxes">4 Guarantees Besides Death and Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scientific-reasons-to-ditch-the-luxury-brands">5 Scientific Reasons to Ditch the Luxury Brands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-perfect-no-spend-weekend">How to Have a Perfect No-Spend Weekend!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fight-the-post-holiday-blues-20-cheap-ways-to-make-january-special">Fight the Post-Holiday Blues: 20 Cheap Ways to Make January Special</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public">7 Times You Should Choose Private School Over Public</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Personal Development being happy cheer up free things to do Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Julie Rains 965706 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Guarantees Besides Death and Taxes http://www.wisebread.com/4-guarantees-besides-death-and-taxes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-guarantees-besides-death-and-taxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grim_reaper.jpg" alt="Cute grim reaper" title="Cute grim reaper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.&quot; At least, that's according to Benjamin Franklin.</p> <p>Perhaps back in his day this was true, but I don't necessarily agree with him anymore.</p> <p>Yes, death and taxes are certainties, but I believe there are a few more guarantees in this world.</p> <h3>1. Spend Less Than You Make, and You'll Get Ahead Financially</h3> <p>It doesn't matter if you make $30,000 per year or $300,000, you MUST spend less than you make. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-to-make-do-with-less">The Many Reasons to Make Do With Less</a>)</p> <p>And when you do, you can guarantee you'll get ahead. Why? Because cash flow drives everything. If you spend less than you make and start saving regularly, you too can <a href="http://www.redeemingriches.com/2011/06/08/become-a-millionaire-2-simple-steps/">become a millionaire!</a></p> <p>Take those who participated in research for Thomas J. Stanley's book <em>Millionaire Next Door</em> as an example. The millionaires questioned all had a few things in common, but one in particular was that they spent <em>way less</em> than they made &mdash; and they saved aggressively too!</p> <h3>2. Money Alone Does Not Buy Happiness</h3> <p>There's no denying that money does buy some level of happiness, but it's only to a certain degree. Generally speaking, <a href="http://www.livescience.com/culture/purchase-happiness-experience-100304.html">experiences, not stuff</a> lead to greater joy. Simply put, <em>money alone</em> will not buy it! After the initial luster of your new toy, car, or watch has worn off, there is a diminishing return on your happiness.</p> <p>Don't get me wrong, I think everyone should try to make as much money as they can &mdash; legitimately, of course. But instead of trying to achieve the next cultural status level because we think we'll be happier, perhaps we should discover our purpose, make it a point to pursue our passions, and strive to build great relationships.</p> <h3>3. If You Want Maximum Joy, Give Your Money Away</h3> <p>To achieve that ultimate happy life that we all search for, one would think spending lavishly on ourselves would do the trick. But if you really want maximum happiness, you should become a more generous person and help others in need.</p> <p>I know, it sounds absurd doesn't it? Our culture tells us the opposite all the time. Media and advertising scream for us to gain happiness by buying the latest and greatest toys, gadgets, and expensive clothes!</p> <p>If you don't believe that it's better to give than to receive, I dare you to try a generosity experiment. I challenge you to be less consumed with yourself, look for opportunities to bless other people, and use your money to help others in need over the next 30 days. I'm willing to bet that your &quot;joy-ometer&quot; will be much, much higher than if you were to spend lavishly on yourself.</p> <p>If I'm right, continue for the next 30 days, and so on.</p> <h3>4. Investing in Your Close Relationships Yields the Best Returns</h3> <p>As investors, we all want to achieve the greatest return on investment. But what investment yields maximum results? Family and friends.</p> <p>First of all, you can make no greater investment in this world than into your soul mate. Spending quality time together, building memories that last, and connecting with each other on a regular basis will yield a fruitful <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-financial-perks-of-marriage">marriage</a> for years to come.</p> <p>Secondly, if you are a parent, your children will be forever grateful that you invested quality and quantity time regularly with them. If you are single, think about investing into your close friendships by looking to others' needs above your own.</p> <p>Your joy will increase, your ROI will be spectacular, and you'll be on your path to <em>true wealth</em>.</p> <p><em>What are your thoughts on these guarantees?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-topp">Jason Topp</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-guarantees-besides-death-and-taxes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up">30 Free Ways to Cheer Yourself Up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-delaying-marriage-or-kids-saves-you-money">Here&#039;s How Delaying Marriage or Kids Saves You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scientific-reasons-to-ditch-the-luxury-brands">5 Scientific Reasons to Ditch the Luxury Brands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/happily-ever-after-how-to-stay-married-for-29-years-and-counting">Happily Ever After: How to Stay Married for 29 Years (and Counting)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers">19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Family Personal Development being happy benjamin franklin charitable giving spend less than you make Wed, 06 Jul 2011 09:48:18 +0000 Jason Topp 609451 at http://www.wisebread.com 99 Free or Virtually Free Ways to De-Stress http://www.wisebread.com/99-free-or-virtually-free-ways-to-de-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/99-free-or-virtually-free-ways-to-de-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4441155157_d10e8d7b21.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no way around it &mdash; life is stressful. In between schedules, working, making ends meet, and spending time with family, there's very little time to unwind. When stressful situations happen (and these days, who isn't anxious?), it's important to take a step back and re-focus on your center. If you have no idea where that is, you are definitely overdue for some de-stressing in your life. Here are ways to de-stress yourself, instantly, effectively, and legally. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</a>)</p> <ol> <li>Read a book.</li> <li>Look through magazines.</li> <li>Play an instrument.</li> <li>Go for a walk.</li> <li>Throw a ball for your dog.</li> <li>Read to your kids.</li> <li>Have sex.</li> <li>Play Solitaire.</li> <li>Go for a hike.</li> <li>Throw away ten things from your basement/garage.</li> <li>Practice yoga.</li> <li>Write a poem.</li> <li>Write a love letter.</li> <li>Write a &ldquo;Thank You&rdquo; note.</li> <li>Pray.</li> <li>Take a bath.</li> <li>Browse a catalog.</li> <li>Pet your cat.</li> <li>Listen to Brazilian Jazz (I highly recommend Antonio Carlos Jobim).</li> <li>Give yourself a manicure.</li> <li>Give yourself a facial.</li> <li>Put on sweat pants.</li> <li>Light candles and turn off the lights.</li> <li>Sit in front of a lighted fireplace.</li> <li>Paint a piece of furniture.</li> <li>Use Chinese stress balls.</li> <li>Sing.</li> <li>Drink peppermint tea.</li> <li>Drink warm milk with honey.</li> <li>Practice deep breathing techniques.</li> <li>Dance alone in your room to your favorite music.</li> <li>Doodle.</li> <li>Cook.</li> <li>Go for a drive (away from traffic).</li> <li>Garden ( I have never seen a stressed out gardener).</li> <li>Make bread.</li> <li>Piece together a puzzle.</li> <li>Do a crossword puzzle.</li> <li>Do a Sudoku puzzle.</li> <li>Watch a funny movie.</li> <li>Look at travel sites.</li> <li>Listen to records (how retro).</li> <li>Quilt.</li> <li>Scrapbook.</li> <li>Shoot hoops.</li> <li>Jog.</li> <li>Laugh.</li> <li>Eat chocolate.</li> <li>Cry.</li> <li>Smell flowers.</li> <li>Hug your children (or borrow someone else's, preferably someone you know).</li> <li>Go shopping.</li> <li>Call your mom.</li> <li>Call your best friend.</li> <li>Take pictures.</li> <li>Watch birds.</li> <li>Ride a bike.</li> <li>Roller skate.</li> <li>Sit in a coffee shop.</li> <li>Go to antique stores.</li> <li>Go to thrift stores.</li> <li>Go to garage sales.</li> <li>Sew.</li> <li>Knit.</li> <li>Crochet.</li> <li>Have a hot shower.</li> <li>Put Christmas lights up in your living room.</li> <li>Slow dance.</li> <li>Drink hot chocolate.</li> <li>Make lemonade.</li> <li>Watercolor.</li> <li>Color with crayons.</li> <li>Finger paint.</li> <li>Play with Play-Doh, with or without kids.</li> <li>Make a craft.</li> <li>Make your bed, then take a nap in it.</li> <li>Paint a wall.</li> <li>Press flowers.</li> <li>Watch a black and white movie.</li> <li>Watch a sports game.</li> <li>Go swimming.</li> <li>Go fishing.</li> <li>Skip rocks.</li> <li>Catch frogs.</li> <li>Watch the sunset.</li> <li>Snuggle.</li> <li>Sleep in.</li> <li>Watch animal clips on Youtube.</li> <li>Watch baby clips on Youtube.</li> <li>Play with a marshmallow shooter.</li> <li>Roast marshmallows over the stove.</li> <li>Play with a Rubik's cube.</li> <li>Block drama-prone friends from your facebook.</li> <li>Take three things off your &ldquo;to-do&rdquo; list for today.</li> <li>Ask yourself if this will really matter in 100 years.</li> <li>Stop reading the news.</li> <li>Only check your email once a day.</li> <li>Turn your phone off (or at least put it on vibrate).</li> <li>Know when it's time to walk away.</li> </ol> <p>People do all sorts of things to de-stress. Some watch the weather and others play video games. Some people work out really hard while others watch television. But the whole idea behind de-stressing is to take a step away from your situation to get some healthy perspective. Stop watching the world fall apart and remember what matters in your sphere of influence. Think of what you have to be grateful for, and embrace it. This is the only life you get, so remember to take the time to enjoy it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sonja-stewart">Sonja Stewart</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/99-free-or-virtually-free-ways-to-de-stress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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