10 little things to brighten up a hard day

I wrote a post the other day about how some days are just hard.  No matter how positive your outlook is and how good life generally is, it’s still the case that some days are just hard.  I try not to wallow for too long in that bleurgh place though.
So I’ve put together this list of 10 little things that I find help to brighten up those hard days.
10 little things to brighten up a hard day


1) Coffee.  
This is almost guaranteed to give me a little lift, assuming I can occupy the kids with the ipad or Mr Tumble for long enough for me to drink it!


2) A smile from your toddler.
Seriously, this can make a world of difference.


3) A huge hug from your child.  
There’s nothing like a good squeeze from a little one when you’re having a hard day.

Small things to help brighten up a bad day

4) Something cheesy or non-taxing on the tv.
If I can get away with it during the day, I’ll put on something for me on the tv.  Something really cheesy or a program that doesn’t require much brain-power but will make me laugh.  Friends repeats are always a winner for me!  Which leads me to number 5.


5) Watching old Friends bloopers on youtube.
Seriously.  If you’re having a rough day and need a giggle, go straight to youtube and watch a few outtake videos.  You’ll feel much better!


6) Browsing the ‘humour’ category on Pinterest.
There is always something on here that will bring a smile to my face.  Normally I end up laughing at a collection of the best posts from Tumblr or a ‘damn you autocorrect’ post.


7) A shower in peace.
If I can swing this it always makes me feel better.


8) Embracing the constant noise by turning some music up loud and having a little dance.
Sometimes when you’re home with children the constant noise and commotion can get a bit much.  And sometimes the best thing you can do is surrender to it.  Stick some music on, turn it up as loud as you dare and dance like crazy.

There's no place like home


9) Cleaning.
One thing that really adds to my bad mood at times is when the house is a state and I can’t see where to start.  If I can just get one flat surface clear, or even one seat in the living room cleared of ‘stuff’ then I begin to feel a bit better.


10) Chocolate.
Well, obviously!

What would you add to my list?  What makes you feel a bit brighter on a hard day?



  1. 07/04/2015 / 8:42 pm

    Great list – I think I might have to go and do some of these right now… x

  2. 07/05/2015 / 12:52 am

    I couldn’t agree more with all of these! Number 9 is a big one for me. I feel totally relaxed when I’m in a clean and tidy house 🙂 #TheList

    • 08/06/2016 / 1:44 pm

      Me and my husband spent all day yesterday clearing out and cleaning, we both felt so much better afterwards! x

  3. 07/09/2015 / 1:52 am

    Love these! Well apart from Coffee as I hate that, but substiture for tea and we’re good! 🙂 Trash tv, smiles and hugs are among my favs. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • 08/06/2016 / 1:45 pm

      Yep, some days, as much as I love my coffee, a cup of tea is just what I need! x

  4. 07/03/2015 / 7:14 pm

    Great list! I’m having one of those days today so this is just what I needed to read. I find a good book to lose myself in helps or a chat to a good friend.

    • 07/04/2015 / 6:19 am

      Thank you, hope reading this has helped a bit! A chat to a good friend is a great one to add to the list! x

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