All of us have times when we could use a little help turning that frown upside down. If you’re having one of those days – you’re in luck! These three fun websites are just the thing.
Sometimes when we’re feeling blue, all we need is a little “mood interruption.”
Meaning that if your thoughts have gone to a weird place, the simple act of shaking things up and getting out of the pattern you’ve fallen into could help you get to a more hopeful place.
And of course, there are LOTS of ways one can do that – speedwalking around the block, dancing to your favorite song, or taking yourself out for an Italian soda to name a few – but if you’re short on time or space, these three fun websites below just might help.
1,000 Awesome Things (actually more)
The 1,000 Awesome Things Blog is … about what you might expect! It’s a running countdown of 1,000 awesome things about life and being alive, and when it runs out? It starts right over again.
So if you’re feeling blue and need a reminder that it’s AWESOME that you’re a human being who gets to be alive on the earth right, this blog is a great place to start.
Neil Pasricha started the blog in June of 2008 and hasn’t looked back. Listen to his TED TALK (with over 3M views) where he talks about his inspiration.
Garfield – Without Garfield
Does anybody else out there have fond memories of reading Garfield comic book strips in the weekend’s paper growing up? I know I do.
Well, it turns out that there’s something even funnier than Garfield – and that’s Garfield with Garfield.
Dan Walsch is the genius responsible for assembling hundreds of Garfield comic book strips and – ahem – removing Garfield from them altogether. The result? From the site: “The existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”
Trust me, it’s funny.
A Soft Murmur: Sounds to Calm
Sometimes simply sitting quietly and listening to a new soundtrack to the one you have around you is enough to disrupt your mood and get out of a funk. Enter “A Soft Murmur” – a website for just that. Choose from nature sounds like rain, thunder wind, or crickets, or opt for a coffee shop or Tibetan singing bowl. It’s really quite nice.
Looking for more?
Here are some other blog posts I’ve written on getting to a better place 🙂
How to Turn Around a Bad Day: 4 Ways to Lift Your Mood
How to Laugh More: 3 Ways to Get Laughter Into Your Life
How to Find Happiness Again: I Bet You Haven’t Tried This
Mindful Self Compassion: Give Yourself Permission to Feel _________.