Here is a collection of things that produce happy thoughts,
along with a few quotes that hopefully will brighten your
Drew Barrymore is so funny, sometimes in a quirky awkward
way but also in a beautiful and soulful way. Here is a book
she has written having taken photographs of hearts and
including them for all to see in, “Find It in Everything.”
Her words are well worth putting on your refrigerator:
“Hearts are my beacons. . .
Whenever and wherever I
see the heart shape, a smile
spreads across my face.
The heart has an unbeatable
romance when you discover
one where you least expect it.”
This made me think of the movie, “Titanic,” with Celine Deon’s song,
“My Heart Will Go On.”
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine- –
and shadows will fall behind you.”
~ Walt Whitman ~
Winter brings a change in moods and outlook, so here are a few more
ways to enjoy your days and find brighter moments.
1. Listen to upbeat music. Move with the music and dancing will give
you some extra energy and motivation. Also, it is FUN!
2. Walks with dogs or friends, a partner or spouse, with hand held,
warm scarf, mittens or gloves and a big parka, crunching through
old leaves or new snow… Just petting an animal or hugging a pal,
can be extra special to include. I have had friends who say they
need 4 hugs a day!
3. Add a potted plant to your office space. This has been found to
make people more productive and less stressed. The reason is
scientific: The plant reduces airborne dust, adds moisture and O2
to small spaces. It is also known to filter out harmful pollutants.
4. Placing vacation photos in strategic spots, can open your mind
to the times when you were happy and relaxed. “Gazing at a happy
moment from the past, can improve your present outlook.” In
other photos, choose ones of family and great memories together.
5. Staying hydrated with a slice of lemon or infusing your water with
berries, can certainly add a twist to your taste buds and improve
you in more than one way. Our daily ‘slump’ in the afternoon, is not
just due to wanting a nap or aging! We need to remember to add H2O
to our daily habits.
6. Fruit flavor sorbets and other refreshing choices can help be your
saving graces, helping ‘save the day.’ Chocolate and coffee have those
anti-cancer elements along with giving you some extra ‘pep in your
7. Just as a potted plant in your office or bathroom can improve a
location in your house or workplace, a bouquet of those grocery
store flowers can make your dining room a pleasant place to be.
I am sure there are many gardeners that can attest to their bringing
a bouquet of their garden’s flowers has brightened many people’s
days. A shut-in or elderly person will respond with such a big smile,
it will be a day-brightener to you, as well.
8. Sunrooms, atriums, public places that have sunny places are so
wonderful to help you feel better. I enjoy the Columbus, Ohio
Franklin Conservatory, at least two times in the winter. My Mom’s
senior living apartments has a greenhouse with three cozy chairs
in there. You can often see a couple of people sitting in this room
that is attached to the art room. Also, it is a nice place to snip and
weed, feeling useful. There are sometimes people sitting in the
art room, putting together a puzzle, with the greenhouse room’s
double doors open so they may benefit from the sunshine and
plant’s energy given.
There are also other places at no cost to visit. Let me know if you have
a few that I may include…
9. Herbs and spices can enliven your life, bringing some vigor into
your appetite and their scents can exhilarate you, too. I love the
scent of tangy patchouli or Italian herbs like basil and oregano.
The scent of peppermint is a great one that can invigorate too.
It is also great to calm and create better muscle relaxing in your
stomach, not only soothing it, but enhancing its function.
10. Colorful fabric will change your room and change your own
perspective while wearing brighter hues. It is a simple way of
sprucing up,’ along with being a fairly reasonable way of changing
your décor or wardrobe. Add a dash of color, while the skies are
gloomy and gray, your mood lightens without too much fuss or
bother. I enjoy looking at decorating magazines, paint and fabric
swatches, merely ‘dreaming’ about a change, makes me happy.
Here are a few musical ‘suggestions.’
1. I just discovered a man named Andrew McMahon, who sings in a real earthy voice,
gravelly and reminiscent of some of my old rocker favorites, along with Neil Diamond.
His song that mesmerized me was, “Canyon Moon,” which begins with lyrics about
a dissatisfied woman, “Somewhere on a cold October.” His debut solo album, having
been in bands but not on his own… is titled, “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.”
2. If you are wishing a little sunshine, here is one of my favorites, “Little Darlin’s!”
The Beatles’ in “Here Comes the Sun.”
Always a big wow, when I hear the tinkling beginning guitar strands and only one
man, from Kentucky, ever called me, “little darlin’.” (Alas!)
What little sunny things make your mood cheerier?