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6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

6 Reasons to Be Thrilled About Spring

Spring is here. Winter weather is dissipating, trees are slowly regaining foliage, and colorful flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s a refreshing and wonderful site. However, the weather is only one of the reasons why you should be thrilled about spring. Let’s check out a handful of the top reasons why spring is the greatest time of the year.

1. Eating Outside and People Watching

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    While some will adamantly deny it, the truth is that we all enjoy people watching. There’s just something incredibly entertaining about sitting back and observing how complete strangers interact with each other and handle various situations.

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    Unfortunately, people watching is often forced to take a backseat when the weather is cold. But, when the weather begins to warm, you can once again sit outside and watch people walk by. Top people watching destinations include street cafes, tourist attractions, park benches, and public transit. As a tip, wear sunglasses so you don’t look super creepy.

    2. Music Festivals

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      Springtime means the resurgence of outdoor music festivals and concerts. If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can attend a different festival each weekend from March through the end of the summer. In other words, there’s no excuse for saying, “There’s nothing going on this weekend.”

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      3. Baseball Season

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        As spring comes, so does baseball season. Opening Day typically takes place at the very beginning of April and the weather is generally cool enough to enjoy a few innings of baseball without sweating through your shirt.

        Not crazy about baseball? Well, there are some other ways to get into the game. Try your hand at placing a wager on the game. Or, check out the craft beer lineups that many stadiums now offer. You may even be able to find some “all you can eat seats” at the next game. Never say no to baseball in the spring – there’s always something going on at the ballpark.

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        4. The Masters Tournament

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          Is there anything more “spring” than the annual Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia? It’s arguably the most beautiful sporting event of the entire year, with an immaculate course, bright azaleas, and some of the world’s greatest athletes. And one of the coolest things about the tournament is that a number of amateurs are invited each year. This adds a bit of a special feel to the event and gives even the most casual fan a reason to tune in.

          5. Fresh Food

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            While there’s nothing wrong with a good oven-baked casserole, being restricted to the kitchen is a nightmare for those who enjoy delicious food. When spring rolls in, you can once again fire up your grill and enjoy steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Now’s the perfect time to clean the grill and stock up on propane or charcoal.

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            6. Pool Season

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              Finally, we can’t forget about swimming. When spring weather arrives, the cover comes off the pool and the kids can dive right in. Whether you have a pool in your backyard, are a member of the neighborhood pool, or know a friend with one, everyone enjoys lazy afternoons by the water. Just make sure you lather on the sunscreen. The first few weeks of warm weather can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t prepared.

              Rejoice for Spring

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                Spring means good food, weather, and entertainment. What more could you ask for? Nothing against summer or fall – or even winter for that matter – but spring has to be the greatest season of the year. The good news is that springtime is here and we no longer have to suffer through the dreary days of winter. Congratulations, you made it!

                Featured photo credit: Andrew Wilkinson via flic.kr

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                27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

                If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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                1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
                2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
                3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
                4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
                5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
                6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
                7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
                8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
                9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
                10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
                11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
                12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
                13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
                14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
                15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
                16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
                17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
                18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
                19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
                20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
                21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
                22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
                23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
                24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
                25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
                26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
                27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

                Remember:

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                It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

                If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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