- Push aside blankets in the dark cozy corners and snuggle up to the window.
- Exchange your black wardrobe (I’m talking to you, Seattle!) for lighter-colored, or at least colorful attire.
- Allow yourself an iced version of your favorite caffeine stimulant, even if the weather’s only a smidge warmer than usual.
- Listen to Celtic, Folk, Instrumental, and Swing style music—it will make you want to go outside, perhaps even dance a jig. If you don’t dance, allow yourself to skip.
- Unfold your short-sleeved shirts and hang them in your closet for easy grabbing.
- Touch the tiny new leaves on the tips of the trees as you pass them on the sidewalk.
- Notice how, when it’s a sunny day, drivers really are nicer when you pull out in front of them to re-park your car. Breathe a prayer of thanks.
- Scatter fresh bouquet of anything (leaves, clippings, flowers, pretty branches) throughout your house.
- Gasp every time the clouds part and you can see the mountains (or just gasp every time the blue sky opens wide).
- Stash a book and old blanket in your car so you can run to the park and read when a sun break bursts.
- Smile out the window at a beautiful morning, then take that smile inside and send it back to yourself through the bathroom mirror.
- Roll down your car windows and let the wind whisper its excitement to you.
- Befriend a small child and listen to all the quirky, wonderful things he/she has to tell you. I cannot stress enough how much happier this makes me.
- Paint something postcard-sized. It’s small, manageable, and totally not ostentatious.
- Eat dinner outside, even if you wrap your legs in a quilt halfway through.
- Splurge $20 at the thrift store for new fashion inspiration (Thank you, Macklemore).
- Walk through the garden section at your grocery store and hear the seedlings shouting how glad they are to be growing.
- Make popsicles and eat them. I dare you to not feel wonderful after doing this.
- Pick up that New Year’s resolution that fell by the wayside and use the spring to inspire you. A new shoot is pushing up through the dark soil. You can do this.
- Learn a new song. Sing it to yourself. Sing it to someone you love.
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Jack Flacco16 Apr 2013
These are great, Elise!
1. We have a chair backing a bay window I like to sit in during the weekends. It’s cozy and warm when it rains and makes any John Grisham book come alive.
4. Ha, I listen to Celtic music all the time and watched Titanic over the weekend. It truly inspires one take a brisk walk in the wind–regardless if it’s 32°F.
17. I actually love the fresh smell of produce in the supermarket. I find it exciting. No kidding!
18. Homemade popsicles make me happy!
Elise16 Apr 2013
I love how you’ve got a chair that makes Grisham novels even better! The smell of fresh produce really is exciting! My mom made orange juice popsicles when I was little, and I think the happy memory really stuck with me!
Eileen25 Apr 2013
I love this list period becase it all screams “Elise” and that makes me just as happy as anything on the list 🙂 miss you!
Elise25 Apr 2013
Thanks, Eileen! I miss you, too! I’m glad that even a numbered list contains me intrinsically, somehow.