My list of 10 things that cheer me up when I have the sads:
1. A Hug from Jake: This always works… and snuggles. They’re good too. He makes me feel safe, loved, and cherished, and he’s always good for a positive attitude and a hug. :)
2. Ted Snuggles: Second only to Jake, this fluff ball gives the best kisses and snuggles EVER. He always knows when I’m upset and is the paw-fect person to cheer me up.
3. Fresh Flowers: They make me so happy. Being able to look at their beauty and smell their perfume makes me happy. I love being surrounded by flowers, and one day I plan to have a meadow full of flowers just to enjoy.
4. Baking: When I’m baking, I feel totally in my element. I feel in control and like a little bit of my magic comes out. I love enjoying something that I created, and it never fails to bring me out of my funk.
5. Laughing with Friends: I am lucky enough to have some of the very best friends around. They are always there to build me up, laugh with me, and help me to find the positive and realize that it really ISN’T the end of the world, even when I portray it to be.
6. Tiramisu: Totally different than baking, the consuming of the ideal piece of tiramisu can bring me strrrraight back to happy. It’s like a party of delicious in my mouth, and I always come back to marvel at the delightful creation.
7. Going for a Drive: By going for a drive, I mean a very specific scenario… Windows down, music UP, driving very fast on rural roads (safely of course) and finding beauty, control, exhilaration, and order in the act of shifting gears and finding the perfect songs to echo the words of my heart.
8. Patio Sitting at the Winery: One of our small local wineries has the best patio out there. Their wine is delicious and affordable and their patio is the perfect place to meet with friends and talk, laugh, sun, snack, and enjoy life. Watching the rows of grapes sun themselves and the sun sink low over the tree line is the perfect place to let go of the sadness and grasp the happiness.
9. Reading a Good Book: Transporting myself to another place is always a good way to help me sort out my life. Through the characters I am always able to identify my problems, assess the path I should take, and find peace within my heart.
10. Taking a Walk: Moving my body is often the simplest key to feeling better. There’s something about it that makes me feel like I’m not being stagnant (probably the fact that I am physically moving) but it makes me feel like I’m emotionally moving too. It’s a great way to work out what’s bothering me, and take some quiet time… and Ted can always use a walk.
What are some of the things that make you feel better when you’ve got the sads?