The Sad Trombone List
1. Take a trip to the grocery store and purchase every unusual fruit in the produce section. Invite a friend over to eat them with you. Don’t forget to take pictures.
2. Pack yourself the following items: 1. A xylophone (toy section at Wal-Mart sells them at a reasonable price) 2. A book that explains how to play it 3. A blanket 4. Sunglasses and a funky hat 5. Something to drink and strawberries. Once packed find yourself a meadow and play.
3. Go beach combing for sand dollars.
4. Get your feet in a pair of red shoes but only after a pedicure and please, paint your toenails red.
5. If you’ve got an animal, love it. If you can get to a place where there are animals, do it and if not stumble images of animal babies.
6. Construct a container garden. It could be a simple zen sand garden or something more complex like a water garden. Use you imagination
7. Dry slices of oranges in a 175 degree oven for 4 hours and decorate a tree with them.
8. Mix up a simple flour water dough and sculpt something or break out the cookie cutters. Recipe: 2 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 1 cup water. You can bake these until hard and turn them into ornaments.
9. Walk barefoot in the grass and really feel it.
10. Word lovers, try learning the lyrics to The Vestibules song, Bulbous Bouffant.
11. Clean out your closets. Get rid of all the clothing that no longer fits and probably never will. Give it to the Salvation Army. You’ll feel lighter.
12. Refocus, make a list of all the things you’d like to see in your life. Leave out any thoughts of limitations.
13. Put on a beret, make yourself some crepes, watch Amelie and speak with a french accent all day long.
14. Paint a canvas outdoors. Use the colors that speak to you and create.
15. Send out a positive message via helium balloon.
16. Have a sadness ceremony. Write down all those ugly feelings on pieces of paper and use them as kindling for a fire. Have a good friend join you.
17. Learn a new skill like origami.
16. Immerse yourself in a culture different from your own and buy yourself an unusual trinket. Indian markets and Chinatown make me happy.
17. Become a foster parent to an animal that needs your help and one that you can provide for. It’ll make you feel good 100 times over.
18. Get a massage. If you can’t afford a therapist do this: go to a store where they have those wonderful massage chairs on display or go to a mall that has the type you pay for. Bring something to read anda fruit smoothie. Make yourself comfy and seriously, enjoy these moments.
19. Go for a hike, wander off the beaten path and leave a trail of bird seed behind you.
20. Support your local artists. Visit your town’s art museum or go hear the musicians that are playing at the local pub.
21. Surround your bathtub with a variety of colored candles, fill it with steamy hot water, add a half a bottle of Mr.Bubble Bubble Bath, pour yourself a drink, throw in a c.d. that’ll make you croon and relax!
22. Make your bed in the morning, leave a chocolate mint on your pillow and pull open the shades. Let the sunshine in.
23. Practice yoga outdoors preferably by a body of water or in the woods.
24. Play 4 Non Blondes up on high, your hairbrush a microphone and scream at the top of your lungs, what’s going on?
25. Take a trip to the music store, buy yourself some maracas and ask the cutest clerk there if he can show you how to shake them or just think about doing that.
26. Buy a basketball and shoot some hoops. Challenge some friends to a game of 21.
27. Write a positive message on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall by your bed so that it’s the first thing you see when you open your eyes.
28. Release your inner mermaid. Go swimming.
29. Collect, create, design symbols of good luck and adorn your entrance way with them.
30. Host a board game night. Cranium is a blast!
31. Exercise with Richard Simmons. Pick up a Sweating To The Oldies video. If you have leg warmers wear ‘em.
32. Make yourself carnival sized flowers from brightly colored tissue paper.
33. Go shopping for vintage hats with the goofiest person you know. Turn it into a photo shoot.
34. Dress in the colors of the sea and visit an aquarium.
35. Do one thing you’ve never done before or even better visit a place you’ve never been to.
36. Collect a bunch of branches, put them in a vase and hang handcrafted love notes from them.
37. Make a time capsule for yourself to open 10 years into the future.
38. Rub a couple drops of lavender oil into your hands and massage your face and neck for 5 full minutes. Pay special attention to the places that are holding the most stress.
39. Plan a night under the stars. Pack a blanket, a flashlight, something warm to drink, a bit of food and a book on recognizing constellations. If that’s not possible, there’s always the planetarium. Include a friend.
40. Break out the fondue pot, melt some dark chocolate and slice up some fresh fruit. Invite a friend to share in a chocolate dip fest, throw in a movie like Chocolate or Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
41. Create a vision board even if you’re not a believer in the law of attraction this is an uplifting project to take on.
42. Get a group of people together and go mini-golfing.
43. Draw smiley faces on the bottom of your toes and take pictures.
44. Break out the blender and make up a batch of mocktails. Adorn the cocktail glasses with fresh fruit, maraschino cherries and those lovely little parasols. Share with a friend or perhaps a neighbor.
45. Dress in a fashion you’ve always wanted to but never dared to. Go somewhere and be seen.
46. Paint some whiskers on your face, slap on some animal ears and watch Where The Wild Things Are. Let the wild rumpus begin!
47. Rent a kayak or a canoe. Go on a water world adventure.
48. Play sick for a day. Collect all the things you’ll need to keep you entertained during your stay on the couch or in bed. Put on your favorite pajamas. Gather a few movies that either make you laugh or cry and a box of tissues, a pitcher of ice water, crossword puzzles, a good book and lots of snacks. Allow yourself this day and promise that you’ll wake up a happy productive person on the following day.
49. Do a project that you’ve put off. It’ll make you feel good to finally have it done.
50. Dance. Learn the Time Warp or how to belly dance. Don’t forget to laugh at yourself.
51. Make a gift for a friend and send it via post office.
52. Make a list of all the people who have touched your heart and send out thanks and gratitude to each of them.
53. Add new life to your surroundings. Put a tablecloth on your kitchen table, change your curtains or your linens. It doesn’t have to be costly just make a change.
54. Draw a self-portrait or doodle positive images. I like doodling crying flowers being eaten by vampire flowers being killed by happy hero flowers.
55. Pick up a notebook or journal and inside keep a record of all the quotes that inspire you. Use your best cursive penmanship to write out each and every one of them. Jazz up the cover with your own artwork.
56. Feeling down about your weight? Go shopping for clothes. Ask for assistance. Tell the clerk you’ve just lost your first 50 lbs. and you have no idea what your size is now. Tell them you’re still losing so you don’t want to spend too much money but you need something that will fit in the meantime. They’ll love you, trust me.
57. Go to the theatre. See whatever it is that interests you the most.
58. Yell about whatever it is that has you upset and break your ugly dishes on the floor while you do it. I don’t exactly understand why but breaking ugly dishes makes me feel better.
59. Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in a long time and touch base.
60. If you’ve got a honey tell them your sad. A good honey will take you in their arms and kiss your cheeks.
61. Create your own time line. Begin at the year of your birth. Mark off every accomplishment and every life changing event. View this with compassion. View it as if you are your own best friend. I took this idea from Deepak Chopra’s Seven Laws of Spiritual Success. I’ve done it and I felt so much better afterwards. It’s a powerful exercise.
62. Read Deepak Chopra’s Seven Laws of Spiritual Success.
63. Play a game of Don’t Let It Touch The Floor with a balloon. Do it alone while dancing to The Godfather’s Waltz.
64. Go Retro. Take yourself back to a time in television when C.S.I. and reality t.v. did not exist. Watch an episode of I love Lucy or The Hardy Boys for movies try Breakfast At Tiffany’s or Singing In The Rain.
65. Sip a hot cup of herbal tea. Choose a really good one. I enjoy Royal Vitality by Yogi Tea.
66. Whiten your teeth. It’ll make you want to smile.
67. Find a new way to start your day. One sad day I left my house early. I grabbed a cup of coffee and a muffin at a local shop. I sat on a bench in a park eating my breakfast and delighted myself by watching our very handsome, Mayor Mozzarella, that was his real name and that tickled me silly. He was the big cheese, hah! and I would watch him go up the steps of city hall. This became my secret pleasure and a part of my weekday mornings. I loved doing that.
68. Talk these feelings over with a friend or someone who’s close to you. Talking helps.
69. Visit a butterfly conservatory. Magic Wings Conservatory in Massachusetts is wondrous.
70. Sing your words instead of speaking them.
71. Bake mini pastries, take pictures and write a blog about them.
72. Put on a pair of extra long, false eyelashes and bat them at everyone!
73. Decorate a tree with symbols of peace.
74. Go Roller Skating.
75. Design a sunny centerpiece for your table. Build a tower out of lemons and adorn it with daisies.
76. Give a blanket to someone who doesn’t have a home or do something just as nice for a stranger.
77. Pray or meditate. I practice mindfulness meditation. I find it helps to just bring awareness to the areas in my body that seem to hold tension and focus on bringing the breath into those areas.
78. Music is therapy. Put on the sounds that sing to your soul and turn up the volume. On my sad days I can’t seem to get enough of B.B. King or John Mayer.
79. Spend a day cherishing one of our elders. Volunteer at a nursing home or visit with your grandparents if possible.
80. Break up with your sad self in a Dear John letter. Dear John (self), I know you’re sad but really the weight of it all is just too much for me to handle. I want to be happy. I want you to be happy. It’s time for me to move on. Good bye John(self). I hope one day you find your smile again.
81. Give yourself a facial. If you can’t get to the salon there are many that you can make in your own kitchen. Search for a recipe online.
82. Organize an outdoor clean up event.
83. Go Gothic. Dress like Wednesday Adams from the Adams Family. Grab your camera and take pictures of old gravestones and abandoned houses.
84. Heat potpourri or aromatic oils. Light up scented candles or incense. Make everything smell nice.
85. Buy yourself some flowers.
86. If you need to cry, do it but get yourself a glam box of tissues to dry your tears.
87. Make a list of all the qualities you admire in yourself and give that reflection in the mirror a big kiss.
88. Get a tattoo or try a new hairstyle.
89. Climb a mountain
90. Pretend your writing a travel brochure. Take photos around a city or town that intrigues you. Write a story about your experience.
91. Hug someone.
92. Find a place and scream to the wind everything that’s eating at you.
93. Forgive someone and forgive yourself too.
94. Visit your library. Read something inspirational.
95. Play with a child like a child.
96. Learn to speak conversation basics of another language.
97. Go out to a coffee-house on poetry night.
98. Feed the squirrels peanuts.
99. Get yourself to the dollar store. Spend $10.00 on whatever your heart wants and then say to the clerk, Now I have no money for butter!
100. Go out with friends to a place you are most likely to have fun.
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