Right now Amy, my lovely Editor, and myself are in love with Gala Darling’s Sad Trombone list, for those who don’t know of the list in a nutshell it is a list of 101 things that you can do to cheer yourself up, it’s so refreshing that just reading it makes us smile. This inspired us to write our own
1 Watch the cheesiest movies with a best friend or sister, quoting and singing optional
2 Text everyone in your phonebook simply “I love you”
3 Try and speak another language, especially if you don’t know it, tweetdeck or Google translators are a godsend
4 Go to starbucks, get a hot drink and walk around town with it
5 Go hunting for clothes you will never buy or afford
6 Take a trip to the cinema with a best friend, if you can’t remember the film from laughing so much you know it was a good trip
7 Write a really trashy fic then change the main characters name from your own right before posting it
8 visit your favourite relative
9 wear your favourite clothes, even if you’re not going out of the house
10 Make a new playlist on Spotify or iTunes of songs that make you happy or dance
12 Google “inspirational quotes” and copy the ones you like best down on to biiiiiiiig paper using bright highlighters
13 Spend hours trying to get your favourite celebrity to tweet you back
14 Flirt with random people you come across on twitter
15 Walk the streets stroking random cats and sniffing random flowers, singing under your breath just that little bit too loudly
16 Draw stars on your face with eyeliner
17 Sing power-ballads
18 Wear dark glasses and a polo-neck top out of the house. Pretend to be a spy, staring strangers out.
19 Make a new friend.
20 Spend a forever on YouTube, just clicking through videos at random. Favourite every single one.
21 Write a letter to yourself, reminding you of everything that’s great in your life.
22 Write a letter to yourself, ranting everything crap in your life out.
23 Post them to random addresses, without a return address, and imagine people’s reactions to them.
24 Watch kids shows and remember how much better they used to be when you were young
25 Go out to a club, stay sober and dance alllll night
26 Get up early on a Sunday, watch funhouse on challenge TV and eat cocoa pops- just like old times
27 Visit the beach no matter what time of year it is, just for fish and chips
28 If it’s raining, grab your wellies and go and splash in some puddles
29 If it’s snowing, build snow people, and dress them in your old clothes
30 Go to the park, and have a go on the swings and slide. Grab a friend, and go on the seesaw… even if people can see you.
31 Invent a new cocktail.
32 Learn how to make a super-duper chocolaty dessert and the LICK THE BOWL OUT!
33 Put the Christmas decorations up in June
34 Turn your computer off for a whole day and just read books, with a good cup of tea
35 Get out a lipstick and write “You ARE beautiful!” on your mirror
36 Listen to the kind of music you secretly love, but would hate for anyone to know about. We recommend “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful?” by Kellie Pickler, “Crazy Dreams” by Carrie Underwood and “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus
37 Dig out your old boy band albums and dance like crazy around your room – we suggest McFly’s first album room on the third floor.
38 Take part in NaNoWriMo, or if November’s no good for you, pick your own month and do your own.
39 Do your makeup extremely and take pictures.
40 Watch a documentary about your specialist subject and point out all the errors
41 Grab a friend and go pretend dress shopping – for an occasion of your choice… prom, weddings, whatever you like. Take photos for Facebook!
42 Go to a big department store and have your makeup done by the sales girls
43 Search Amazon and eBay for some bargain box-sets… then watch they come!
44 Spring clean!
45 Buy fairy-lights
46 Go virtual-shopping, online, and make a long long long long looooong list of what you want. Promise yourself you’ll buy it all when you’re rich.
47 Practise all the catchphrases from Gavin and Stacey
48 Create random Facebook groups, and see how many people will join
49 Watch the out-takes and extras on all your DVDs
50 Text someone you haven’t written to in forever
51 Find your baby pictures and laugh at all your weird nineties-kid outfits… if you’re a nineties kid, that is!
Part 2 of the list is on Amy’s blog