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Feel-good ideas that don't seem like hard work!


We received this article from one of our gems, to share with anyone who may find it interesting! I have edited/removed some of the ideas for length and clarity, but you can find the original article at the link below:


Whether it’s taking fruit to work or being polite to rude strangers, here’s a long list of ways to make life feel a bit better, with little effort involved …

  • Exercise on a Monday night (nothing fun happens on a Monday night).

  • On the fence about a purchase? Wait 72 hours before you buy it.

  • Tip: the quickest supermarket queue is always behind the fullest trolley (greeting, paying and packing take longer than you think).

  • Plant spring bulbs, even if they’re just in a pot.

  • Send a voice note instead of a text; they sound like personal mini podcasts.

  • Keep a bird feeder by a window, ideally the kitchen. It’ll pass the time when you’re washing up.

  • Get the lighting right: turn off the overhead one, turn on lots of lamps (but turn off when you leave the room).

  • Feeling sluggish during tasks? Try the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes on, five-minute break, and repeat.

  • Buy a cheap blender and use it to finely chop onions (it saves on time and tears).

  • Set aside 10 minutes a day to do something you really enjoy – be it reading a book or playing video games.

  • Reuse all plastic bags – even bread bags. Much of the packaging you can’t reuse can be taken to larger branches of supermarkets for recycling.

  • Can’t sleep? Try a relaxing soak with lavender bath oil before bed. Don't have a bath? Using essential oils works just as well!

  • Add the milk at least one minute after the tea has brewed.

  • Laugh shamelessly at your own jokes.

  • Start a Saturday morning with some acoustic or classical music – it sets the tone for a calm weekend.

  • Look closely.

  • Set time limits for your apps. Just go to the settings on your smartphone and add a limit – for example, if you have an iPhone turn on Screen Time.

  • If possible, take the stairs.

  • Eat meat once a week, max. Ideally less.

  • Be polite to rude strangers – it’s oddly thrilling.

  • Ask questions, and listen to the answers.

  • Connect with nature: stand outside barefoot for a few minutes – even when it’s cold. (Be careful and aware of your surroundings if you do this!)

  • Join your local library – and use it.

  • Go for a walk without your phone.

  • Stretch in the morning. And maybe in the evening.

  • If you’re going less than a kilometre, walk or cycle. About half of car journeys are under two miles, yet these create more pollution than longer journeys as the engine isn’t warmed up yet.

  • Sleep with your phone in a different room (and buy an alarm clock).

  • Send postcards from your holidays. Send them even if you’re not on holiday.

  • Instead of buying new shoes, get old ones resoled and buy new laces.

  • Buy a plant. Don't have a green thumb? Buy a fake one.

  • Try taking a cold shower (30 seconds to two minutes) before your hot one. It’s good for your health – both physical and mental. (Be careful and stop when it feels uncomfortable!)

  • Text to say thank you.

  • Read a poem every day. Keep a compendium, such as A Poem for Every Day of the Year, by your bed.

  • Take out your headphones when walking – listen to the world.

  • Buy secondhand.

  • Support local/small businesses!

  • Learn how to floss properly.

  • Say hello to your neighbours.

  • Learn the basics of repairing your clothes.

  • Learn the names of 10 trees.

  • Call an old friend out of the blue.

  • Every so often, search your email for the word “unsubscribe” and then use it on as many as you can.

  • Buy a newspaper.

  • Always have dessert.

  • Drop your shoulders

  • Unclench your jaw

  • Try to make something from scratch. Works best if it’s something you’d normally buy, such as a dress or a bag.

  • Go to bed earlier – but don’t take your phone with you.

  • Volunteer. ​​

  • Dry your cutlery with a cloth (it keeps it shiny).

  • Instead of buying a morning coffee, set up a daily transfer of $2 from a current into a savings account and forget about it. Use it to treat yourself to something different later.

  • Don’t save things for “best”. Wear them – enjoy them.

  • Sing!

  • Think about your posture: stand up tall!

  • Hang your clothes up. Ideally on non-wire hangers (it’s better for them).

  • Thank a teacher who changed your life.

  • Keep your keys in the same place.

  • Ditch the plastic cartons and find a milkman.

  • Rent rather than buy a suit/dress for that special occasion

  • Always book an extra day off after a holiday.

  • Listen to music outside your usual taste.

  • Mute or leave a group chat

  • Learn a TikTok dance (but don’t post it on TikTok)

  • Cook something you’ve never attempted before.

  • Join a local litter-picking group.

  • Handwash that thing you’ve never cleaned.

  • Nap (5-15 minutes is usually the best amount of time for you to wake up refreshed!)

  • Learn how to breathe deeply: in through the nose, out through the mouth, making the exhale longer than the inhale.

  • Buy a bike and use it. Learn how to fix it, too.

  • Don’t look at your phone at dinner.

  • Do that one thing you’ve been putting off.

  • Give compliments widely and freely.

  • Keep a book in your bag to avoid the temptation to "doomscroll".

  • Listen to the albums you loved as a teenager.

  • Make a friend from a different generation.

  • For instant cheer, wear something yellow.

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