Curious? This is about the beauty of life, about being grateful to life. I mean, we are all mortals, our emotions are constantly being juggled. It is natural to be upset with the sad moments we face in our lives, despite living in this beautiful world – but making sadness an obsession is BAD. You have to open your eyes and see all the beautiful things around you. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Thus, wiggle off your depression and look afresh.
1. Get lost… in nature
Honestly, I don’t like to work right after I wake up in the morning. So, what I usually do is take my steaming cup of hot coffee, stand in front of the window and look outside. The lush green trees, the blooming flowers, even the houses look absolutely brilliant. If that’s not good enough to make you “not” grateful, nothing is. The next time you are feeling down, why don’t you take a stroll in the park, and enjoy what nature has to offer you?
2. Grow younger. Not that again!
This is specially for those parents who are frustrated and become melancholic with life. I know it is not so easy to tend the kids, work, and handle the household chores. You have been gifted with the most precious gifts – your children! Be thankful for such a priceless present. For a change why not try grow young, be their age, play with them, laugh with them. Trust me, you can’t be any happier!
3. Who said laughter is the best medicine?
Yes, you, Mister-or-miss Serious! In the words of the movie, “Why so serious?” Aren’t you grateful that jokes exist in this world? Even if you are not a “lame” person, it is always a welcome break to wisecrack sometimes. If you can’t come up with something as bad as the above joke then read some! You’ll be grateful for life for the existence of such remedies. Because laughter is the best medicine!
4. Who likes music anyway?
As if you don’t! Whether consciously or subconsciously, you do frequently hum a tune that gets stuck in your mind. There have been studies about music as a therapy and the results are very positive. Whether you are feeling down in the dumps or not, music has great impact on our mind and body. It is a powerful treatment tool. Aren’t you grateful that musicians exist?
5. Isn’t sitting on the couch and sulking away the best?
Don’t misinterpret this! Party hard and go wild if it suits you, but don’t make it into a habit. You can dye your hair pink, dress like hobo; that’s absolutely your personal matter. What I mean is if you think there is nothing for you that the human race can offer, then go into the jungle and hang out with the animals. Yes, I am talking about safari! You will be in a safe distance from the wilds, but it will really unwind you and make you feel gratified that life has so many things to gift you. Always remember:
6. Chocolate, yuck!
Having a bad day? Feeling worthless? Don’t. Because it is not the answer to your problems. If you want to overcome your roller-coaster of an emotion, go buy yourself some chocolate. It is another medicine to cure your dreadful mood. The good news is, it is WAY cheaper than a therapist. If you want to be adventurous, then make one! Aren’t you glad? Happy eating!
7. Cooking sucks!
Cooking helps. Oh yes, cooking helps to lift up your mood like magic. Look at this picture of broccoli:
Isn’t it beautiful? This is just an example. Nature has presented us with such amazing, vibrant foods that we are forever grateful to. So, why not utilize these beauties and cook up a storm?
8. Life has given you money, so, bankrupt yourself!
This is for the lovely ladies out there (the guys are most welcome too). You have a career, you get paid for your hard work, and most of the money is gone before you can count it. It is mainly draining away due to the household costs, babies, or paying bills – but that’s not life, that’s living. You should reward yourself as well. Visit the mall, and be a shopaholic for one day. It won’t harm you, neither will it kill you! Just make sure you don’t overindulge in this too often.
9. The big bang theory
No, I am not talking about physics. I am talking about physical activity. It is actually a rhetoric term for sex. Sex is a sensational cure for depression. Because life has offered you a beautiful partner, and you guys complete each other, you are in bliss when you are in your partner’s company. Part of the bliss is having sex. Studies have shown that sex has a great impact on your psychological aspects. So, the next time you are down and your stunning partner is roaming around you, just do it!
10. You are ugly, face it!
How ugly do you think you are? Everyone is born with their own beauty. Looking pretty naturally makes you feel pretty. To define your beauty, you can always take professional help. Say, after a haircut, or a massage, or even getting a mani-pedi, don’t you feel beautiful? Why not try meditation, or yoga? This form of exercise will revitalise your body and soul, leaving you happy and fresh. Whether you hit the salon, or your yoga mat, you’ll be grateful for life that such things matter and will increase your confidence.
11. Hate hate hate dancing!
Did you know that you can release stress by dancing? You don’t have to wait for Saturday night to go clubbing. You can simply put on music and dance to the rhythm. Take half an hour from your time and you will be surprised to see the result. Here is a step by step guide on stress-relieving for your benefit. Check this out and thank me later!
12. A friend in need…
You have amazing people around you. Your parents, your partner, your children, and your friends. Perhaps you don’t have your parents any more, or you are single with no kids. Don’t stress. You have friends because everyone has friends. It is not necessary to have a whole bunch of hanger-ons constantly around you. Two or three genuine sidekicks are sufficient. Just be yourself with them. Laugh out loud. Play games. Movies would do. Eat out. Drink till you are drunk. Party. Cry. SHARE. Trust me, these are more than enough to life a longer life – and you will be grateful for life that you are blessed with such wonderful souls.
13. Reading is so overrated!
Read as much as you can. Not only will it make you forget your worries, it will rejuvenate your spirit as well. Be it Shakespeare or Jane Austen classics, to Sidney Sheldon or Agatha Christie. Be it William Blake or J.K. Rowling, it does not matter. Just read. You will thank your books forever. They can be one of your trusted friends.
14. Loathe your mistakes
What are we without mistakes? Would we be the person we are today if we didn’t make any mistakes? Of course not! You face many hurdles in your life, it is okay. Some hurdles make you frustrated, some make you sad. There are some hurdles that push you to make mistakes. Do not fear your mistakes, embrace them. Walk with them. Talk to them. Laugh at them.
15. School was boring. Why not relive it?
Imagine waking up early in the morning, going to school, attending classes with a bunch of teenagers, doing homework, sitting tests… I know, you don’t want to live in that nightmare AGAIN! You don’t have to of course, there is the internet. You can type whatever you like into a search engine and then… Learn! Knowledge has no bounds. There are many free online courses that provide certificates as well, to help you out, here are three such websites for your convenience:
If you can get your hands busy on acquiring education, you won’t have time for moping around. You will be grateful for LIFE! You’re welcome!
Lastly, I would like to say that we all have our differences, we all have difficulties in life, sorrows, and challenges. It is only natural to be upset, but next time, look around you. Love your flaws, love your life, and you shall be grateful for life. Here is Marilyn Monroe for you. Cheers!