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Having a bad day? Need your spirits lifted?

Here are a few quick pep-uppers that I’ve found helpful:


~Babies and children playing, laughing, and having a good time—some of the best sounds in the whole world! For me, this is a no-fail way to feeling better. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face and remind me that all is basically right with the world. If you don’t have children of your own or there aren’t children in your neighborhood, then the Internet is a good source of videos of babies laughing.

~Beautiful scenery. Sometimes I’ll take a drive through pretty areas of my town and the surrounding area. If I can’t do this, then images and videos on the Internet of beautiful landscapes are a good substitute. Oftentimes these are paired with inspiring music and uplifting messages. Also, your library has many books of beautiful images that you can borrow using your library card!

~Silly antics of people and pets. I can recall lots of goofy things I’ve done over the years that will get me smiling and laughing in no time. If you can’t think of anything for yourself then, once again, the Internet to the rescue! There are loads of these kinds of postings on the Web!

~Music I enjoy. It’s helpful to pair this one with movement, even simply tapping your toes or bobbing your head. The movements don’t have to be dance steps; small, free-form movements are just fine!

~Pep words and phrases combined with movement. This gives them a kick that you don’t get otherwise. Here are a few pep phrases that get me through the moment: This, too, shall pass; All is well; Just one more step; Yes to me; Let it go; I am still me; keep going; There’s more to me than this. Here are a few pep words: Strong; Vibrant; Smart; Zest; Vim and vigor; Yes/No (depending upon the situation); Thank you; Grit; Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.

~Making sure I’m warm enough—or cool enough. This sounds surprising but I’ve found that sometimes my mood can be improved by putting on a sweater or sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner—even if I didn’t think I was feeling chilly or too warm! An unconventional solution, I know, but it has helped!

Your homework today is to try some of these techniques when you need a lift. Also, make a list of things you like to do that help you feel better. Keep the list handy for those times when you need a pep-upper!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

Share in the comments section some things that have perked you up.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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