When I was a teenager I began a couple list building traditions, one of which was, when I was bored or frustrated I would create a list of 50 things to do when I was bored (bubble baths are always ranked within the top 5). These things were always inexpensive or free, related to things that relaxed or enchanted me, and could take as much or as little time as I wanted to give to the activity.
Yesterday, Sarah found this great article, which I wanted to share, it was published in Shine from Yahoo! titled 101 small pleasures you can enjoy every day. Sarah’s number one, coloring, is at the top of the list. Making your own list will give you the opportunity to discover things you enjoy doing but maybe haven’t taken the time out for lately. When you take time to do little things you enjoy, you allow yourself to become less stressed, and that helps create energy for other tasks in your day. Just as it takes less muscles to smile than to frown, it takes up a lot less energy to be relaxed and happy than to be mad, stressed or bored.