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30 Absolutely Free Activities That Can Make You Happy Today

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30 Absolutely Free Activities That Can Make You Happy Today

The best things in life really are free. Spending time with your family, enjoying a good book, or simply pursuing a hobby you enjoy are all great, absolutely free things that can make you happy today. Check out more ideas below.

1. Throw A Ball Outside. Turn the TV off, call a friend, and grab your glove. Throwing a ball outside is a time-honored tradition that’s great for exercise, and even better for your psyche.

2. Go For A Run. Lace up your shoes and start jogging. The wind in your face and the awesome feeling that being healthy brings will make you perk up in no time.

3. Snuggle With Your Dog. There’s nothing better than having a four legged friend. Dogs are proven to add joy to your life!

4. Read A Good Book. When was the last time that you actually sat down to read a good book? Pick one up off the shelf and get lost in an imaginary world.

5. Watch Your Favorite Movie. It doesn’t matter that you’ve seen the movie 50 times already. Go ahead and watch it again.

6. Watch A Silly Video. It’s so easy to get lost in YouTube videos. Start by checking out what’s popular today—I guarantee you that you’ll let out a few laughs.

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7. Appreciate the Blue Sky. Is it a pretty day? If so, head outside and enjoy the pretty blue sky. Allow yourself to give thanks for the beautiful day.

8. Light a Candle. If you have scented candles in your home, go ahead and light one of them; the sweet smell will instantly add happiness to your day.

9. Donate Something. When you donate something, whether it’s clothes, money, or other belongings, you can feel great knowing it’s going to a good cause.

10. Jump Rope. You probably jumped rope when you were a kid. It’s great exercise, and it’s fun too!

11. Call An Old Friend. Think of someone who you haven’t talked to in a while. Maybe it’s a good friend or an elderly relative. Give them a call—you’ll make their day, and they’ll make yours.

12. Send Snail Mail. Sit down and write a note to send to your sister, your nephew, or your mother. It’s such an easy thing to do, and you know everyone loves receiving mail.

13. Volunteer Your Time. Volunteering your time is a great way to help others and get enjoyment at the same time. Whether it’s a soup kitchen or an animal shelter, there are many places that could benefit from a helping hand.

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14. Go To Your Local Library. Public libraries are dramatically under-utilized. Go to yours today and enjoy reading a magazine or checking out a new book for free.

15. Take a Free Online Course. Use a website like Alison.com to learn a brand new skill for absolutely free.

16. Garden Outside. Pull some weeds or plant a few seeds to help make your garden grow this spring.

17. Paint Something. Grab some finger paint or watercolors that you have on hand and just have fun painting something new. You don’t have to be good at it to have fun.

18. Take a Nap. How often do you actually get to take a nap? It’s glorious! Do it today!

19. Research Vacation Sites. Nothing is more fun than looking up tons of new places in the world that you can go see.

20. Do a Random Act of Kindness. Pay for someone’s lunch at the drive through,, or buy someone’s gas or groceries. You’ll feel amazing, and it will help them so much.

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21. Meditate. Take some time to rest, relax, and center your mind to find happiness.

22. Write In A Journal. Writing is great way to relieve stress and remember your day-to-day adventures.

23. Play A Board Game. Seriously, Monopoly never gets old! Scrabble and Cranium are really fun too.

24. Listen to A Favorite Song. Put on your favorite song! It doesn’t have to be recent. Blasts from the past are also acceptable.

25. Spend Time With Family. Turn off your cell phones and power down your computer. Just enjoy time being with those you love most.

26. Sing In The Shower. Who cares if your roommates can hear you? Belt it out!

27. Paint Your Nails. This one is mostly for the ladies—have fun paining your nails a color you wouldn’t normally consider.

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28. Take a Picture. Make the moment last. Take a picture, and share it with friends on your social media channels.

29. Make A Grateful List. Writing down the things that you are grateful for can instantly make you happy.

30. Read A Great Blog. Check out our other posts on LifeHack to find out ways to increase your happiness and productivity.

Now that you have 30 great ways to make yourself happy today, go out and enjoy!

What are some other free ways to make yourself happy that aren’t mentioned here?

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33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

Some easy ways to save money:

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  1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
  2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
  3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
  4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
  5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
  6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
  7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
  8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
  9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
  10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
  11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
  12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
  13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
      a reusable water bottle and refill it.
    • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
    • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
    • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
    • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
    • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
    • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
    • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
    • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
    • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
    • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
    • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
    • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
    • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
    • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
    • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
    • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
    • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
    • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
    • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

    Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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