Bake. You can bake cookies, a cake, bread, scones, whatever you prefer. There is not much that can top the smell of freshly baked dish wafting from your kitchen throughout the home.
Eat dessert first. Why not enjoy the best things first? As Ally Craig says in Remember Me: “I just don’t see the point in waiting. I mean, what if I die while eating my entree?”. Encourage your friends to indulge in dessert first too. Make the whole day one about a dessert mentality in which everything you do and try involves doing or eating the things you love most, first.
Go shopping for vintage clothing. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your friends have bought the same piece of clothing as you, and also it’s a lot more fun and more engaging than going to the mall and buying more resource-intensive new clothes. Treasure hunting in vintage shops can be a lot of fun if you’re open to it. There is so many vintage clothes out there, waiting to be found.
Go for a walk. The park is for everyone, and it’s always a good time for you to get some fresh air, rain, hail or shine. The woods, local hills or a forest are also great places for a walk. The sounds of birds and the smell of nature will improve your mood right away and give you the space to think about the bigger picture.
Ride a bike. Cycling is not only a great exercise, it’s a lot of fun too. Riding a bike is also a proven stress reliever. You’ll end up feeling relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself. Not to mention how great it is for the environment. No gas or oil is consumed in order to ride a bike. You can also interact with people as you move, something you’d not be able to do in your car. You can smell someone’s dinner cooking, wave to a neighbor, say hi to a kid and just generally be a warm and friendly human presence on the streets.
Pick berries, fruits or take cuttings for new plant life in your own garden. The most common berries you can pick are blueberries, blackberries, dewberries and raspberries. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher and it’s much more fun than if you buy berries from the store. Not to mention, you get a snack as you go. Berries are usually juicy, brightly colored, sweet or sour, and just generally delicious; just be sure that you’re picking edible ones. And if it’s the wrong time of year for berries, take cuttings of your favorite plants to propagate for your own garden so that you can help the world become even greener and more fertile.
Dance freely. Choose your music––it doesn’t matter if it’s calm music or heavy metal, just as long as you love it. Move to the music, and maybe close your eyes. It’s important that you don’t care how it may look, you’re doing it for you, not for other people to think you look good.
Head on over to your local library or a favorite bookstore. Buy or borrow a book, then go home and read it. Reading is just as wonderful whether you’re 9 or 90 years old. If you’re not ready to go home yet, stay and soak up the energizing atmosphere of other people reading and enjoying books around you; sit in a comfy chair or visit the cafe attached to the library or bookstore.
Write a letter. A handwritten letter on a lovely piece of paper is way more personal than sending an e-mail. Writing by hand also forces you to really think about your outpourings rather than simply stabbing at the keyboard and overloading the reader with trivia. Most importantly, a letter tells the person receiving it that you care for him or her a great deal, for your time and effort has gone into creating the letter…