[Flipping through my course notes the other day, I came across a long, scribbled list of things to do, dated sometime in November. This, of course, is how I effectively occupy my time during psychology lectures. Some of these items I do already. Many of them I want to do more often. All of them are concrete do-able things, none of them difficult, or so I believe. Try them out yourself, too. Let me know how it goes. Hereâ€™s half of it.]
to-do list, part 1
– Smile at strangers. Watch their faces light up as they smile back.
– Buy a child a pack of crayons and a pad of construction paper. Spend an hour drawing or coloring with him/her.
– Color outside the lines. Autograph the drawing. Hang it proudly on the fridge.
– Show people they are loved. [Courtesy of Abez, who wrote a beautiful post about this once.]
– Sit outside and watch the butterflies flitting around. Sit still and donâ€™t flinch at the bees.
– Go to a public park and spend some time on the swings.
– Strike up more conversations with total strangers.
– Walk around outside barefoot.
– Write real letters. Donâ€™t forget to mail them, too.
– Laugh too loudly. When people look over at you, laugh louder.
– Feed the ducks.
– Donâ€™t comb your hair for a day (or two, or three). Donâ€™t care.
– Sing songs from your childhood, loudly and off-key.
– Buy a meal for a stranger.
– Write a letter to God. [Courtesy of Javed, whose letter I borrowed here.]
– Talk less. Talk more. Whichever is applicable.
– Lie down on the grass and stare at the sky.
– Take the back-roads. Get lost. Itâ€™s okay.
– Blow air-kisses.
– Pay for the car behind yours at the tollbooth.
– Speak in a voice different from your normal one, all day. [Courtesy of Chai, whose actual advice was, â€œWalk around everywhere speaking with a voice that is unbefitting your body type.â€ Absolutely hilarious.]
– Tell yourself you are beautiful. Believe it.
– Invest in flip-flops. Toe socks optional.
– Call up a long-lost friend.
– Give someone the gift of your time and undivided attention.
– Crinkle your eyes when you smile. Make it look genuine, not as if youâ€™re squinting.
– Buy more fuzzy socks.
– Pick flowers for special people.
– Open the door for someone.
– Go on road trips. Drive safely.
– Volunteer. For something. Anything.
[If you have any to add, share ’em in the comment box.]