When you're having a crappy day (and I'm not right now, but I'm postulating here), I think there is often this urge to do something for ourselves in order to cheer us up.  Eat chocolate.  Buy something new.  Watch a comfort movie.  There's not a thing in the world wrong with this, and sometimes it's just the ticket to tug you out of the doldrums.  

But I want to challenge you to try something else.  Something you might not have thought about.  

When you're having a lousy time of it, do something nice for someone else.

Say what?

Bear with me.  This approach serves a couple of  purposes:

1) It gets you outside your own head to thinking about somebody else (a good thing for perspective purposes).
2) When you take the time to do something nice, like make a meal, and take it unexpectedly to someone else, then you get the double lift of their gratitude and the knowledge that even when you're down, you managed to brighten someone else's day.  And I don't know about you, but that really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

10/15/2012 9:36pm

It works! I've tried this a few times, even if it's just getting coffee for someone. Hey, I love it when I'm given a latte!


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