101 Ways To Cheer Yourself Up

  1. Do something nice for someone else.
  2. Go outside in the sunshine for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Take a break and read for 1/2 an hour.
  4. Soak in tub of hot water while listening to music.
  5. Surround yourself with candles and listen to music – or just peace and quiet.
  6. Write down what you are worried about and take a nap – or go to bed if it is time; you may have fresh ideas in the morning or after you wake up.
  7. Make lists; sometimes it helps to break things into smaller steps and check them off as you complete them.
  8. Write a letter to someone you’ve not heard from in a while.
  9. Write letters to older relatives; they will love it.
  10. Find a penpal.
  11. Show a child how to do something.
  12. Blow bubbles for a child.
  13. Set goals (do-able, achievable) for the day or week and check them off as you accomplish them. Start small.
  14. Read to a child.
  15. Have a cup of tea and a snack.
  16. Call a friend.
  17. Watch your favorite movie and have some popcorn (or your favorite treat).
  18. Start a movie night with friends.
  19. Get out of the house if you’ve been cooped up for a while.
  20. Buy some flowers.
  21. Raise a plant.
  22. Make a list of things you’d like to accomplish over the week, then spread them out over the week and check them off as you accomplish them.
  23. Meditate daily.
  24. Explore a subject that interests you.
  25. Fill a notebook with upbeat, inspirational quotes and affirmations.
  26. Try a daily affirmation.
  27. Read an upbeat, inspirational devotional.
  28. Add culture to your life; listen to classical music, look into art and find what you like, read good literature, etc.
  29. Declutter.
  30. Take a free online course about something that interests you.
  31. Take a class at the community college or university near you.
  32. For one week, try to improve one area of your life.
  33. Ask friends for suggestions of ways to cheer yourself up.
  34. Ask friends for suggestions of authors to try reading, or books in different genres.
  35. Get some exercise; inactivity breeds emotional troubles.
  36. Invent new reasons to celebrate.
  37. Take a stress-management course.
  38. Give duty a rest for once; put pleasure and happiness first for a little while.
  39. Have dessert for dinner one night.
  40. Have breakfast for dinner one night.
  41. Indulge in your favorite comfort food.
  42. Stop seeing yourself as a victim.
  43. Find a new hobby.
  44. Read a humor book.
  45. Read, read, read.
  46. Get more sleep.
  47. Eat better and drink more water.
  48. Look at your problems from a new perspective.
  49. Realize that the world has seen bigger problems that yours; put yours into perspective.
  50. Do one nice thing each day for yourself.
  51. Make a list of your accomplishments – over the last 10 years, or over your lifetime.
  52. Take care of yourself: floss, exercise, eat better, get more sleep.
  53. Be kind to yourself – as you would to others having a hard time.
  54. Do your best when it is really necessary; give yourself a break at other times.
  55. Be your own cheering section.
  56. Reach out to others when you can’t seem to get out of a rut.
  57. Ask others who have struggled with your issue for guidance or advice.
  58. Join a club.
  59. Try a new approach to your problem, or a new approach to whatever your facing.
  60. Talk to a doctor
  61. Exercise more in general.
  62. Keep a journal and write it out.
  63. Write it out on a piece of paper and burn it or shred it when you are done.
  64. Go for a walk.
  65. Go to the park.
  66. Go to the library for a little peace and quiet.
  67. Try something new to you: a new type of book/magazine, a new recipe, a new cuisine, write a book, write an article, a new craft, and so on.
  68. Try something new every week.
  69. Make time for yourself every day.
  70. Make meals in advance so you just need to warm something up on rough days.
  71. Order in when you need a break.
  72. Delegate household chores when you need a break.
  73. Remember that this too shall pass.
  74. Set up a website and experiment with it.
  75. Make a humor file and file cartoons, quotes, stories, and the like in it. Take it out when you need cheering up.
  76. Remember something funny that happened to you or around you and write about it. Submit to Reader’s Digest.
  77. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  78. Take a few deep breaths, and relax.
  79. Focus on someone else’s situation for a while. Offer help when you can.
  80. Help out in a soup kitchen or volunteer at a nursing home – or send holiday cards to people in a local nursing home.
  81. Send care packages to soldiers.
  82. Find a cause that means a lot to you and write your congressman.
  83. Give something back to your community: help pick up trash, keep your yard up, make sure your house is repaired, repair public things in your community, volunteer in the community, work on the the home owner’s association, take part in home owner’s association meetings.
  84. Find a women’s shelter and find ways you can help them.
  85. Join a church.
  86. Make a list of 10 people who have bigger problems than you, to gain a little perspective.
  87. Don’t start the morning with the newspaper; there is frequently a lot of “bad” or negative news. Read it later in the day.
  88. Keep yourself busy. Find things to do that you enjoy and focus on them.
  89. Choose your thoughts with care; they can really have an impact.
  90. Windowshop with a friend.
  91. Remember that no one can make you happy except you.
  92. Keep a self-improvement chart or make a journal/notebook for it.
  93. Change your hair color.
  94. Read a book that challenges you or makes you think.
  95. Try crossword puzzles.
  96. Try putting together a puzzle.
  97. Play with a kitten or a puppy.
  98. Go to a zoo.
  99. Visit an aquarium.
  100. Visit a friend.
  101. Set boundaries; if you need peace and quiet, let others around you know.


Filed under Depression, Goals, Lists, Self-Improvement

18 responses to “101 Ways To Cheer Yourself Up

  1. Claire

    I really like this list. I tred some and they really helped me. thanks


  2. Luke M.

    Thank you, these have helped me forgive and forget the past and move on for my own better future. :]


  3. julie

    this is great.. I have exams coming up and this helped im going to start doing more exercise and trying out some other things you mentioned. Good job! 😀


  4. Hey,

    Stumbled upon your blog while googling for “autobiography of benjamin franklin”.

    Very nice post. Will try to apply some of the stuff !

    & oh yes…would come back, for sure to read more !

    Keep writing…

    Cheers !


  5. jazzi

    None of this helped im to sad to do any of it.


  6. Gina

    Thanks for this super list.
    I’m usually a really happy person but loads of things have been getting me down recently and I have been really grumpy and down right rude to people, and that’s the last thing I want.
    Hopefully some of the things here can get me back to my cheery old self!


  7. Bella

    Thank you! This really helped me out, keep up the fantastic work (:


    • bobby stabbins

      I don’t see jerking off in here. What’s better than rubbing one out after a long stressful day? Sometimes you just need to take a load off.


      • mmiller

        Well, I didn’t include that or having sex as ways to cheer myself up because…they don’t cheer me up. They might relax me but they don’t exactly cheer me up. There’s a difference. But thanks for commenting!


  8. I think this will be coming in very handy right now!


  9. Krati

    I like ur list im goin through hard time im very emotional get involved in things soon but i hope doing some things of this list might cheer me up ..thanks


    • mmiller

      Krati – I really hope they help. I know that they don’t FIX anything, but if they can at least brighten your day, then that is a good thing.


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