I last wrote about a happiness boostÂ of refreshing my apartment. Since then, my mental health has taken a turn towards the less-than-awesome, and Iâ€™m working harder than ever to get out of this. (Thereâ€™s a lot more behind this that I will discuss someday but Iâ€™m still processing it myself.) Until thenâ€¦ I thought Iâ€™d present you with 10 ways to be happy that have worked for me thus far, as well as some things Iâ€™d like to try. None of this is earth-shattering, just some things one crazy girl is trying. Also, Iâ€™m cognizant that some of these might not be budget-friendly, but Iâ€™m trying to include a mix of both.
10 Ways to Be Happy
1. Catch up with a friend you havenâ€™t seen in a while.
My friend MeggieÂ moved to LA (boohiss), so I only see her every few months but love catching up with her. (P.S. Sheâ€™s also on Aliâ€™s podcast, so you can catch up with her too!) No joke, after having coffee with her, I felt better than Iâ€™d felt in at least 10 days. (Or maybe that was just all the coffee I had???) This sunny day in Flatiron didnâ€™t hurt either. But donâ€™t be deceived, it was still cold AF.
Iâ€™m also setting up lots of coffee/run dates with other people I havenâ€™t seen for a while or donâ€™t know as well. I have The Best Friends Ever, but sometimes a little new blood doesnâ€™t hurt.
Iâ€™ve been volunteering with the New York Junior League for 9.5 years, but Iâ€™ve always been internally-facing. I started off working on our communications, and the nature of our league, at least, is that you end up getting pulled into different things.
Iâ€™ve been looking at opportunities both within and outside the League, and Iâ€™m thinking of volunteering my runningÂ or writing skillz to help others. If youâ€™re not familiar with it,Â idealist.org is a good place to find volunteer opps.
3. Try a new fitness class or activity.
My girl LizÂ used to teach at my beloved UpliftÂ but has since moved back to NJ. Random fact: we are both from Franklin Lakes but didnâ€™t know each other until we met at Uplift. Sheâ€™s now teaching at Sweat Glen Rock. Her class is bootcamp-style and fairly similar to her Uplift style, but itâ€™s always fun to try a new studio. (Or one you havenâ€™t tried in a while â€” this morning I went back to Rowhouse.)
4. Get away.
If you can fit any kind of last-minute getaway into your schedule and/or budget, DO IT. It doesnâ€™t even have to involve getting on a plane or getting a hotel or Airbnb. A few weeks ago, on one of those freak warm days, my BFF and I played hooky and drove out to Montauk for the day, working our way back west. The fact that we were playing hooky felt so forbidden (hello goodie-two-shoes who has never taken a true hooky day in her 13-year career), that it was part of the fun.
I also love this idea of a DIY writing retreat. Even if youâ€™re not a writer, I think you could still use this to hole up and work on whatever your side project is â€” or just have a lovely little getaway close to home.
I am SO excited to go on this writing retreat in a few weeks and be surrounded by inspiring creatives.
6. Sign up for a class.
This one is super high on my list right now (and I have to say came as a great push from my therapist â€” Iâ€™d been thinking about it for some time.) Iâ€™m personally thinking of signing up for a writing class (duh?), but I think either honing existing skills or finding new ones is an excellent way to get your mind excited about something new. I took one improv class a few years ago, and mayyyyy return. TBD 🙂
Sites like CourseHorseÂ or SkillshareÂ are excellent places to start to look for IRL classes. Iâ€™m much more of an in-person learner, but if you donâ€™t mind online, CourseraÂ looks great â€” or just google whatever it is you want to learn and DIY your own learning experience.
7. Sign up for a race.
(You knew Iâ€™d say this one, right?) But really. It gives you something fun to look forward to, and if youâ€™re new to running, a new goal/activity to strive for.
8. Change up your physical space.
9. Send a friend a letter to let them know how much you love them.
My friends have been nothing short of amazing during these tough few years, and I like (/am trying to do so more) to send them little notes in the mail to let them know how much I appreciate them. Knowing Iâ€™m going to brighten someoneâ€™s day, even if just for an instant, makes meÂ feel better.
10.Â When in doubt, Kimmy Schmidt.
I canâ€™t watch that show without smiling at least a bit.
What about you? What are reliable happiness boosts for you?