I love Mondays.
No, no, don’t throw things at me. It’s not the work day that I love. It’s a little more embarrassing than that. It’s The Bachelor. You know, the one on ABC. It’s a guilty pleasure, for sure. But there is serious pleasure there.
Every Monday, my close friend teaches a class, then comes over to my house. I make dinner, and we laugh and relax and talk about the ridiculousness that is this reality show.
Sometimes I feel a little guilty. Reality TV isn’t something to be proud of watching, necessarily.
But it is something I look forward to every single week.
I catch up with a coworker on Tuesdays, and we make our picks.
We talk about these girls and the bachelor as if we know them, and can make judgement calls on which contestant might be the best fit for this highly edited “catch”.
My sister and I exchange no fewer than 20 text messages on Monday nights.
And I realized that this is an exceptionally frugal way to turn a ho-hum start of the week into an exciting evening.
It got me thinking about the other little things in my life that make me happy.
Seven Little Ways To Make Yourself Happy
- Morning Rituals: Keep your phone out of arm’s reach, and wake up naturally. Stretch. Be mindful of how delightful the warm bed feels. Get your coffee, or don’t. Starting the day quietly and with intention will help you stay positive throughout the day.
- Leave the Office During the Day: I struggle with this, since going out to lunch is decidedly not frugal, but getting out of the office, even for 20 minutes, helps reset, renew, and reinvigorate the afternoon.
- Smile at Strangers: The other day, a passing stranger in another car gave me a peace sign as we sat at the red light. When the light turned green, he waved, gave me a big smile, and was off for the day. It gave me the lift I didn’t know I needed.
- Forget any Slights: If someone cuts you off in traffic, let it go. Laugh at them. Then forget it. It’s not a good story, so you don’t need to hold on to it for later.
- Never Self Deprecate: If you are paid a compliment, do not brush it off. Say thank you, graciously. Don’t let anyone talk down to you, especially yourself!
- Compliment Others Generously: You’ll feel great, they’ll feel great. It will feel kind of strange at first, so if you want, see how many of your close friends and family violate rule number five.
- Celebrate your Relationships: Don’t feel guilty about Bachelor night. Or family dinners. Or watching their kid’s basketball game. Spend time with the people you care about.
And a bonus eighth:
Change your Computer Passwords: Try this strange little trick to not only keep hackers out of your bank accounts, but to make you smile: add the word smile or happy or add a phrase that makes you feel silly to your passwords. They say it’s really hard not to smile when you have the word “smile” in your password!
What other ways to make yourself happy to you do?
Kathleen writes about her path to financial independence as well as ways to save money, live simply, and enjoy the fun things that life has to offer.