5 Ways to Brighten Your Day

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Happy Wednesday!  My weekly wish this week is to help others.  With that in mind I thought I would share 5 things that will brighten my day that would probably brighten yours too.  Keep in mind that brightening your day isn’t always about you.  One of the biggest blessings for me is to know that I made someone else smile and that I lifted up someone else’s spirits, so this is a combination of ways to brighten your day doing things for you and others.

1. Do a beauty treatment at home.
I am definitely a girly girl, and so I love a good pampering at home (and in the salon)!  Face treatments, eyes, hands, legs.  Anything and everything – it is so relaxing for me and puts me in a calm and happy place.

Paradise Mango DIY Body Scrub ++++ 
Peaches and Cream Face Mask ++++

2. Decorate a paperweight.
Expressing art and creativity is a great way to take time for yourself, let your creative energy flow and to get those happy endorphins going.  I love to have cute desk accessories, even as simple as a paperweight.  Take a look at these fun rock art DIYs to make cheap and trendy paperweights for your desk at home or in the office.

DIY Zentangle Rocks ++++
DIY Painted Stones ++++

3. Read a book outside.
There is no doubt about it that nature can bring a peace and calm to our lives.  Pairing it with a comfy blanket and a good book just seems like a great idea, don’t you think.  Jet away to another place with a book under a tree and come away from it being in a happier mental state.

4. Do a random act of kindness.
There is nothing like giving to people (just because), to brighten your day.  If you’re shy like myself, accomplishing this task would prove to brighten your day even more being proud of yourself to be BOLD like that!  Read this list for ideas on what you can do today!

5. Call a relative.
When is the last time you had a good conversation with a grandparent, aunty/uncle, cousin, sibling?  Call one of them up just to check on them and see how they are doing.  Find out what is going on in their life and share what has been happening in yours.  I’m sure they would be thrilled to receive a call from you to let them know you’re thinking of them.
What are some ways you like to BRIGHTEN your day??  Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Aukele
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  1. Oooh, what a list of wonderful suggestions! I love this Kele! And I want to incorporate some more into my life, like #3 (which I may do today!) and #5. I sometimes don't like the phone, but I could replace that with a nice "thinking of you" note! Thanks for this! :)

  2. Aukele, I love #3! I mean, reading is kind of an obsession of mine, but something magical happens when I read a book under my favorite tree with the blue sky above me. It helps to completely transport me. Love this list!

  3. oh I love these all, Aukele! I did #1 today :)

  4. I love all of these- and at-home beauty treatments are my thing! I've been wanting to try a hair mask for the longest time :)

  5. I treat myself to a special dessert- a donut from VooDoo or ice cream from Ruby Jewel. Giving myself something out of the ordinary, while also taking myself out, can make my day brighter.

  6. Absolutely! A hand written note is always a welcomed and lovely surprise! Thanks for stopping by today!!! ;) PS: can't it be summer so you and Crystal aren't so busy studying!!! (Oh stop selfish me)

  7. It's been so long since I've read for leisure and so that's why I included it!!

  8. #1 should definitely be a weekly thing for every girl!!! Thanks for commenting!

  9. Oh I've never done one of those and now I need to add it to the list!!

  10. Thanks for rubbing in that you're in Portland and I'm not!!! (Just kidding) a yummy treat always brightens my day too!!!

  11. #4 is big for me as well. I loved this list I saw yesterday. And a shower is always a day brightener... even if I've already showered that day. :p

  12. Definitely!! I think I'll actually be adding one of my concoctions to the blog soon :)

  13. Yes! RAOK are definitely a challenge for me, simply because I am a shy person. It is a struggle, but when I get the nerve to do it, it's AMAZING! And yes, a little shower time is great for rejuvenation! Thanks for the comment, Lix!

  14. Thanks for sharing the Peaches and Cream facemask lady! :) Have a great week!

  15. Oh you're welcome!!! I love love your blog and DIY tutorials!! I need to find some clay to actually do it though :)


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