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42 Amazingly Free Things That Will Make You Smile

42 Amazingly Free Things That Will Make You Smile

“The best things in life are free” is an oft-quote term, but is it true? We certainly think so, especially if you consider the 42 amazingly simple, beautiful, and absolutely free things below. Each one of them will definitely bring a smile to your face and those around you. After all, what’s better than improving your day and making someone else’s day while you’re at it? Not much! The best part is, they won’t cost you a dime.

1. Calling up an old friend. You know you’ve been meaning to, and they’d love to hear from you.

2. Finally going for that run you’ve been promising yourself. It’s going to feel so good afterward, even if the process is a little painful.

3. Hand-writing a note to someone you love. Snail mail is a dying art, and they’ll love receiving it!

4. Making cookies from ingredients you already have in the pantry. It’s fun to get creative. Why not throw a few extra spices in there?

5. Finally hanging up those pictures in your house. It always makes me happy to cross something off the “to do” list.

6. Reading a good book. Because life’s too short not to.

7. Hugging your kids. They won’t be kids forever, and once they turn into teenagers, they might not be the hugging type.

8. Finding a pen in the house that actually works well. And perhaps throwing out the ones that don’t.

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9. Taking your dog on a walk. They deserve your love and attention and will be exhausted afterward!

10. Helping someone less fortunate than you. We’re so much luckier than we realize.

11. Allowing yourself to browse Pinterest for an hour. Yes that’s right—guilt free.

12. Organizing your desk so it looks beautiful again. It’s so much easier to work and pay the bills when everything is neat.

13. Watching a funny movie that you’ve seen a million times. Laughter is good for the soul.

14. Wishing your friends Happy Birthday on Facebook. Because it makes them feel special.

15. Doing a cartwheel. Because it reminds you of your younger days.

16. Daydreaming about vacations you want to take someday. Having goals makes working hard worthwhile.

17. Taking the day off from work. You’ve earned it.

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18. Taking a walk in the park. Try to notice the beauty around you.

19. Going for a long drive with the one you love. It’s nice just to get out of the house!

20. Looking at old pictures from when you were a kid. Remember when life was simpler?

21. Seeing a rainbow. It’s such a fun and unique treat.

22. Taking your time when making dinner. We’re always so rushed.

23. Sending your mom a text that says, “I love you.” She’ll love the unexpected gesture.

24. Throwing a baseball with your kids. They’ll remember it forever.

25. Taking a hot bubble bath. Because you work too hard not to.

26. Telling one other person of your big goal. We need accountability in order to make our dreams come true.

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27. Kissing your significant other. Does this really need an explanation?

28. Spending an hour painting your nails. Because you’ll feel so beautiful when they’re all done!

29. Eating lunch outside on the porch. It’s more enjoyable than sitting at the kitchen table.

30. Getting rid of clutter that’s weighing you down. Take it further and donate it to a good cause.

31. Doing 5 real pushups. Because you totally know you can.

32. Playing dress up with your daughter. It’s fun to be a princess for an hour.

33. Walk around the mall. Not to shopjust to get out the house and check out new trends.

34. Watching your wedding video. Because it’s beautiful to remember how your story started.

35. Fill up a few water balloons. And throw them at your kids when they’re not looking.

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36. Jump rope. Because you haven’t done it since grade school, and it’s awesome exercise.

37. Take a nap. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes.

38. Pick flowers from the yard. They are just as beautiful as expensive creations from the florist.

39. Recycle. It’s a gift to the Earth and will make you feel good too.

40. Dress up and take silly pictures with your friends. Why not?

41. Eat a piece of your favorite candy without counting the calories. It can’t be that bad, right?

42. Write down what you’re grateful for. After all, you’ve been granted another day to live.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out there and start smiling. Now that you know it’s free, nothing should hold you back.

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Catherine Alford

Catherine is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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2. Become Goal-Orientated

It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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4. Never Stop Learning

The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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5. Think Big

While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

6. Enjoy the Attention

To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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