feel better http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15387/all en-US Best Money Tips: 50 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_confident_posture_000060737492.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to feel better about herself" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found 50 quick ways to feel better about yourself, myths about saving energy, and finding the motivation to work out in the winter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/50-Ways-Feel-Better-About-Yourself-31966232">50 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself Right Now</a> &mdash; Talk to the person standing next to you in line. A bit of small talk can be a fun way to connect with strangers &mdash; you might even share a laugh! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/97850/5-energy-saving-myths">5 Energy Saving Myths</a> &mdash; Closing off the vents will not reduce the heating bill. Rooms that are cut off will draw heat from the warmed rooms and cause the whole house to feel colder. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/find-motivation-winter-workouts/">How to Find Motivation For Winter Workouts</a> &mdash; Encourage some accountability on your part by joining a running or workout group. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/12-work-activities-prevent-burnout/">12 After-Work Activities To Prevent Burnout</a> &mdash; Listening to music is a great way to relax after work, so pop in your favorite tunes and dance! [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-tips/3-ways-to-handle-unexpected-expenses/">3 Ways to Handle Unexpected Expenses</a> &mdash; Take stock of the resources available to you. Do you have emergency savings? Can you get a line of credit or help from friends or family? [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/7-tools-every-vehicle-owner/">The 7 Tools Every Vehicle Owner Should Have</a> &mdash; An On Board Diagnostics (OBD II) code reader is a fairly inexpensive tool that can help you diagnose what's wrong with your car. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2016/01/5-things-you-can-do-to-become-financially-independent/">5 Things You Can do to Become Financially Independent</a> &mdash; Setting specific goals, with timeframes, will help you stay motivated to improve your finances. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2016/01/06/33-ways-to-cut-expenses-make-extra-money-save-your-budget/">33 Ways To Cut Expenses, Make Extra Money &amp; Save Your Budget!</a> &mdash; Make a concentrated effort to use up to the food in your fridge and pantry. Waste less, save more! [Retired By 40!]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/355890/17-genuis-household-organisation-hacks-for-staying-sane-with-kids">17 Genius Household Organization Hacks For Staying Sane With Kids</a> &mdash; Use over-the-door shoe organizers to hold dolls and other toys&hellip;or even snacks! [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-new-years-resolutions-for-every-mom">5 New Year's Resolutions for Every Mom</a> &mdash; Want to make some changes to your parenting? Consider the resolution to take more pictures WITH your kids, not just OF your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself">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-4"> <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/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today">15 Ways to Gain More Confidence Today</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</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/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</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-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips feel better Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:00:02 +0000 Amy Lu 1634040 at http://www.wisebread.com Mend a Broken Heart Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/mend-a-broken-heart-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mend-a-broken-heart-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3223954930_fe3bdee187_o.jpg" alt="Woman looks forlornly out of a cabin door." title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When a relationship ends, many of us have a tendency to run straight to the nearest shopping mall for some retail therapy. Or maybe you&rsquo;re the type who eats your feelings. Or maybe you travel to distract yourself or go out every night to the local bar. Whatever your coping strategy, a breakup often equals an empty wallet. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to. The next time your heart is broken, try one or more of these strategies to treat your broken heart without going broke. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day">4 Ways to Have a Better Day</a>)</p> <h3>1. Delete Your Ex From All Social Media</h3> <p>The first step on this journey might sound stupid, but it&rsquo;s important. Despite how you feel once the break up is over (whether it was amicable or otherwise), delete him or her from all social media. If you feel comfortable, you could go as far as asking them to please make themselves private, so you don't obsessively seek out their whereabouts. Doing so might send you into an online shopping spree or worse, drinking alone that expensive bottle of wine your friend gave you for Christmas. Save it for a special occasion, not when your ex is on the beach with another person.</p> <h3>2. Reconnect With Old Friends</h3> <p>Romantic relationships take time, and most of that time is taken out of our friendships. Now that you have more time on your hands, contact your friends, meet up with them for a walk through the park, or invite them over to watch a movie. This is the time to reconnect and find value in those you surround yourself with; they&rsquo;re your friends, and they should be there for you. Just a tip, though &mdash; don&rsquo;t wallow.</p> <h3>3. Reconnect With Your Community</h3> <p>Check out your local community paper and see what might be happening down the street. There are sure to be street fairs, outside events, neighborhood association parties, and the like which would be a perfect way for you to meet new neighbors and become a vital part of your community.</p> <h3>4. Volunteer</h3> <p>On the heels of reconnecting with your community, volunteering is a great way to make a difference (and make you feel better &mdash; no pure altruism here). You&rsquo;ll get a sense of pride out of helping to build a house, providing food to the homeless, or simply reading to children. There a lot of options, so once you reconnect with your community, see where you can be helpful.</p> <h3>5. Immerse Yourself in Work or Focus on Your Career Path</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not a licensed psychologist, so don&rsquo;t take this as &ldquo;real&rdquo; advice, because I have a feeling most licensed psychologists might think this is a bad thing. But I am a firm believer in immersing yourself in your work when you are down. It&rsquo;s a good distraction, and it can prove fruitful (ie, earn you a raise). And if you&rsquo;re not happy where you are (because usually when one thing is bad, everything seems bad), focus on your career path. Refocus your happiness on your future, not on that person from your past.</p> <h3>6. Learn Something New</h3> <p>Take this time to grow your mind. I&rsquo;ve mentioned a few ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-learn-something-new" target="_blank">learn something new for free</a> in the past, but there are plenty of other options, including <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/" target="_blank">Khan Academy</a>. Pick something and go learn &mdash; it&rsquo;ll distract you and you&rsquo;ll be smarter as a result. Win-win.</p> <h3>7. Get Active</h3> <p>One of the best stress relievers in the world is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise">exercise</a>. Start running or join a local gym. I know, frugal broken heart mending is the goal here, but trust me &mdash; this is far more frugal than binge eating, and you&rsquo;ll feel much better afterward. If you can, find a gym that offers a variety of classes (especially yoga) and has a sauna. You&rsquo;ll be relaxed, and you&rsquo;ll be fit for your next relationship.</p> <h3>8. Dive Into a Project or Hobby</h3> <p>After you learn something new, start a project or hobby. If there is a wall that needs to be painted, paint it. If there's a chair that needs to be reupholstered, reupholster it. Along the same lines, learn to knit, sew, or play golf. There are plenty of things to pick up that can serve as a long-term diversion (and ultimately make you more interesting).</p> <h3>9. Adopt a Pet</h3> <p>If you can&rsquo;t fill the void with anything else, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-a-cat">getting a pet</a>. Doesn't have to be a big one &mdash; you can start small with a fish and work your way up to a larger pet. Don't jump into this arrangement lightly of course, but loneliness can definitely be solved via fluffy animals or fish bowls. Check out the local animal shelter &mdash; you can simultaneously save a life and move on with yours.</p> <h3>10. Seek Out Therapy</h3> <p>OK, I&rsquo;m going slightly off the frugal script here, but if you are really, really hurting and can&rsquo;t cope, you should absolutely consider therapy from a licensed professional. Seek out your HR department at your job and see if there are free counseling sessions available to employees, or contact your local government and see if there are any counseling sessions in your area or group sessions. If all else fails, this is the one thing to spend money on &mdash; therapy can get you back to yourself again, and really that&rsquo;s the whole point.</p> <p><em>How do you mend a broken heart without ripping a hole through your wallet?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mend-a-broken-heart-without-breaking-the-bank">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/8-things-i-learned-about-money-after-getting-married">8 Things I Learned About Money After Getting Married</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/7-reasons-you-are-more-than-your-credit-score">7 Reasons You Are More Than Your Credit Score</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-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</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/spice-up-the-conversation-by-skipping-what-do-you-do">Spice Up the Conversation by Skipping &quot;What Do You Do?&quot;</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/why-couples-fight-over-money-and-what-to-do-about-it">Why Couples Fight Over Money and What to Do About It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle breakup feel better relationships Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:24:30 +0000 Jennifer Holder 961667 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Frugal Ways to End a Bad Day on a Good Note http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-ways-to-end-a-bad-day-on-a-good-note <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-frugal-ways-to-end-a-bad-day-on-a-good-note" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3483817826_df1ff1be7d_z.jpg" alt="smiling woman" title="smiling woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When a friend of mine got laid off, she told me she was resorting to retail therapy to make herself feel better. Turns out that shopping when you're down can make you feel better. A <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-of-the-day-retail-therapy-works-even-before-the-heartbreak/259173/" target="_blank">recent study by Northwestern University</a> found that retail therapy actually works, and if you do it before a stressful event, it can even help to insulate you from the negative effects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Ways-Treat-Yourself-22129255">RELATED:&nbsp;Cheap Ways to&nbsp;Treat Yourself</a></p> <p>Although I'm all for indulging in activities to boost your mood, retail therapy is definitely a pricey way to do it. And it might make you feel worse in the long run if your shopping expedition makes a dent in your bank account. Here are some wallet-friendly ways to turn around a bad day:</p> <h3>Start Planning a Trip</h3> <p>Make a plan to take some days off and start researching destination ideas. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Studies-Vacation-Time-Happiness-9426724">Research has shown</a> that planning and anticipating a trip has an even greater effect on happiness than the actual trip itself.</p> <h3>Make Yourself a Happy Meal</h3> <p>No, you don't have to re-create an artery-clogging meal from McDonald's. A happy meal is basically comfort food you can make at home that will help you feel better. Perhaps it's a childhood favorite like Oreos and milk or maybe a secret family recipe.</p> <h3>Set a Goal and Accomplish It</h3> <p>Set a small and reasonable goal and complete it before the end of the night. It can be simple tasks like washing the dishes or finishing up two chapters of a mystery novel. You'll feel better when you're getting things done.</p> <h3>Do Something Nice for Someone</h3> <p>Doing a nice act for someone can make you feel better, <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1631176_1630611_1630944,00.html" target="_blank">studies have shown</a>. They can be small acts like sending an email to your best friend telling her how much you appreciate her, or making dinner for your partner. Here's a list of ideas for <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Nice-Things-Do-People-21449581">nice things to do for people</a>.</p> <h3>Remember the Good</h3> <p>Write out a gratitude list of things that you're grateful for. Noting down a list of things that you are grateful for can renew your appreciation in things that you've been taking for granted. Writing a gratitude list will cause you to put more focus on the positive and less on the negative.</p> <h3>Remind Yourself That This Is Temporary</h3> <p>I really love the mantra &quot;This too shall pass&quot; because it reminds us that everything &mdash; including positive and negative events &mdash; is temporary. In a few days, weeks, or years, you will probably get over it. All that matters is knowing that there is a day you will move on and to not invest so much energy in thinking about an event that's temporary.</p> <h3>Sleep Early</h3> <p>Sometimes all you can do after a stressful event is to give it time and sleep on it. Head to bed early tonight so that you'll wake up well rested and ready to tackle the next day with gusto. Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be more cranky and sensitive, so you should definitely get a full night's rest after a bad day.</p> <h3>SOS a Friend</h3> <p>Tell your friend you need an emergency hangout to get your mind off of things. Having someone else around can get you out of the negative rut. It's always nice to have an understanding ear and someone to distract you.</p> <h3>Animal Therapy</h3> <p>Animal therapy will beat retail therapy any day. Many studies have shown that owning a pet is <a href="http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/08/03/do-pets-boost-health-and-happiness/28317.html" target="_blank">related to lower rates of depression</a> and blood pressure. If you don't have a pet, perhaps play with a neighbor's furry friend or visit a shelter to coo over the cute puppies.</p> <h3>Meditate</h3> <p>Close your eyes, take a few breaths, and mentally release all that is bothering you. Meditation will give your brain a break from the stress and it will maybe even help you put things into perspective and help you realize that your situation isn't so dire after all.</p> <h3>Exercise</h3> <p>As we all know, exercise produces endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good. Go to the gym and play your favorite workout songs and get a good workout. You'll be feeling better in no time.</p> <h3>Watch a Comedy</h3> <p>Laughter is the best medicine and watching a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube video can distract you from the negative events in your life.</p> <p>Still feeling glum? Here's how to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Banish-Negative-Thinking-22317177">banish your negative thoughts</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Busting your budget isn&#039;t a great way to feel better. Instead, try one of these fun, frugal ways to boost your mood. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Buy-Happiness-23647317">How People Are Buying Their Happiness</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Love-Yourself-23012605">11 Ways to Love Yourself More</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Positive-When-Unemployed-22992802">8 Ways to Stay Upbeat on Your Job Hunt</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-ways-to-end-a-bad-day-on-a-good-note">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/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/that-what-if-you-knew-you-were-going-to-die-question">That &quot;What if you knew you were going to die&quot; question</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/book-review-happier">Book review: Happier</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/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness">6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness</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/29-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be-happier-this-year">29 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips feel better happiness sadness Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:36:38 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 944697 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Ways to Gain More Confidence Today http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/superhero_pose.jpg" alt="Man and woman in superhero pose" title="Man and woman in superhero pose" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="131" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Boy, is it hard to get out of this mid-winter funk.</p> <p>The holidays are over, you may have gained a bit of weight, the weather is wreaking havoc on your skin and social life, and, worst of all, Valentine&rsquo;s Day is just around the corner.</p> <p>Yes, this time of year sucks. But it&rsquo;s not just you who feels that way. We&rsquo;re all in the same boat, actually. And we can all use any one of these 15 ideas to get us out our rut and feeling more confident &mdash; today. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sound-more-confident-in-one-easy-step">Sound More Confident in One Easy Step</a>)</p> <h3>1. Go to the Gym and Release Those Endorphins</h3> <p>Even though I hate cardio, I will admit that a run or brisk walk on the treadmill makes me feels so much better. All that movement gets my blood pumping and gives me more energy throughout the day. Of course, knowing that I did something beneficial for my body &mdash; instead of stuffing my face on the couch &mdash; provides an added boost of serotonin that&rsquo;s so necessary right now. If only there was an easier way.</p> <h3>2. Get a Spray Tan So It Looks Like You Just Came From Vacation</h3> <p>You know, I&rsquo;ve never had a spay tan, mostly because I think I&rsquo;ll look super silly. I&rsquo;m very pale &mdash; like Anderson Cooper pale &mdash; but after seeing the journalist/talk show host getting a spray tan on his show recently, I&rsquo;m reconsidering. He didn&rsquo;t look bad, and it didn&rsquo;t look unnatural. Plus, it&rsquo;s certainly better than real tanning, which is a no-no for someone who recently had skin cancer removed.</p> <h3>3. Schedule a Facial to Rejuvenate Your Skin</h3> <p>Don&rsquo;t you dare schedule a facial at a spa. Those are expensive, and a facial is something that you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home. You can either buy a mud mask at the store or you can <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/beauty/homemade-face-masks.aspx">make you own facial mask</a> using yogurt, eggs, honey, oatmeal, and lots of other items you have in your pantry. At the end, there&rsquo;s nobody to tip but yourself &mdash; maybe with a bowl of ice cream.</p> <h3>4. Take a Shot of Something With a Decent Proof</h3> <p>Have heard the phrase &ldquo;liquid confidence?&quot; That&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s so great about alcohol &mdash; no matter how you&rsquo;re feeling, it makes you feel even better. At least for a little bit, that is. If you&rsquo;re suffering from a real depression, it&rsquo;s probably best to stay away from the hooch. But if you&rsquo;re just in need of a pick-me-up that&rsquo;ll get you drunk enough to admire yourself in the mirror, by all means have a few swigs.</p> <h3>5. Wear That Outfit that Makes You Feel Like a Million Bucks</h3> <p>You know there&rsquo;s at least one outfit in your closet that makes you feel like a winner. Isn&rsquo;t it funny, though? I love all my clothes when I buy them, but I have a few favorites that I know will boost my confidence as soon as I put them on. As the old saying goes &mdash; if you got it, flaunt it.</p> <h3>6. Watch a Feel-Good Movie Where the Underdog Comes Out on Top</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re feeling down, just pop in a DVD of a movie whose main characters are having a rougher time at life than you are right now.</p> <h3>7. Turn Up the Volume on a Favorite Song and Dance Like Nobody&rsquo;s Watching</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not one bit embarrassed to tell you that my all-time favorite when-I&rsquo;m-feeling-blue song is Michael Buble&rsquo;s &ldquo;Everything.&rdquo; Not only is it incredibly upbeat with a positive message, but it&rsquo;s also the song that my husband and I share together.</p> <h3>8. Remind Yourself That &ldquo;You Is Kind. You Is Smart. You Is Important.&rdquo;</h3> <p>It worked for that little chubby girl on <em>The Help</em>, so it might just work for you.</p> <h3>9. Go Through Old Pictures Where You Look Your Best</h3> <p>So I&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal">gained a few pounds over the winter months</a>. I&rsquo;ll get over it. But before I do (because I&rsquo;m too lazy to go to the gym right now to do anything active about it), I like to look back at old photos where I&rsquo;m super skinny and smiley. I remind myself that that cutie patootie in still inside me somewhere; it&rsquo;s just that he&rsquo;s having a slice of pizza right now.</p> <h3>10. Tell a Friend That You Need Is to Hear a Few Nice Words About Yourself</h3> <p>Do you have friends who you can call up and tell them that you&rsquo;ve had a horrible, no good, very bad day &mdash; and they know just what to say? They blow smoke up your bum with all kinds of false truths and compliments that make you feel so much better even though you know there&rsquo;s not an ounce of accuracy to them. I love those friends more than life itself.</p> <h3>11. Say No to the Fatty Foods in Favor of Something Healthier</h3> <p>I should take my own advice here &mdash; and maybe I will &mdash; but I&rsquo;m trying to build your confidence, not my own. When you feel those cravings for fatty foods coming on, just say no. Apples and nuts are especially good at making you feel full &mdash; albeit not as fulfilled as piece of pie. Just sayin.&rsquo;</p> <h3>12. Go Out and Score a Deal on Clothing That Makes You Look Hot</h3> <p>Had your eye on a stunner of a piece that you&rsquo;ve been afraid to buy? Do it. Money isn&rsquo;t everything. That doesn&rsquo;t mean that I&rsquo;m saying that it&rsquo;s not important, but I am saying that you&rsquo;ll make more of it. If splurging on said item will <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">boost your confidence</a>, go for it.</p> <h3>13. Sit at the Bar and Wait for Someone to Approach You</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s not often that I&rsquo;ll sit at a bar by myself, but just the other day I found myself at one having a drink and following up on e-mails on my iPad when a guy a few stools down asked the bartender to send me a drink. Sadly, I had to decline it. I&rsquo;m married &mdash; not that that ever matters when free drinks are involved &mdash; but more importantly I was driving. Also, he was kind of busted, so there was that too.</p> <h3>14. Sign Up for a Free Dating Service</h3> <p>Everybody&rsquo;s looking for love these days, most frequently on the Internet. Personally, I&rsquo;m not on any dating sites, but what I remember about them when I was is that I would receive messages from all kinds of random people, solely based on my picture and profile. It felt good for a stranger to choose to message me among the many other potential suitors on the site. Could work for you, too.</p> <h3>15. Engage in an Activity That You Know You&rsquo;re Good At</h3> <p>My friends (and my husband, especially) don&rsquo;t like playing games with me because I&rsquo;m reasonably competitive and I don&rsquo;t often lose. Here&rsquo;s a little secret that I hope my friends and husband don&rsquo;t read, however &mdash; I won&rsquo;t play any game that I don&rsquo;t think I can win. Scattergories, I&rsquo;m in. Chess, I&rsquo;ll pass. I&rsquo;m not sure they&rsquo;ve caught on yet, but if they have, they&rsquo;re nicer friends and lovers than I think.</p> <p><em>Have additional ways you can boost your confidence today? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today">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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