Create Positive Experiences

Outweigh negativity by doing an enjoyable activity

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While weeding out the negatives is important, one great way to at least outweigh them is to increase the number of positive experiences in your life. Scheduling pleasant activities into your day can help your emotions stay in an ideal range. This technique will help you learn what some of these might be for you.

Here's how it works:

Choose the activities you find the most enjoyable from the list below. 

Pick one that you hadn't planned on doing and do it in the next 24 hours.

  • Listen to a full album
  • Soak in a bathtub
  • Read a magazine
  • Practice yoga
  • Repair something
  • Find an inspirational quote
  • Water a plant
  • Doodle
  • Play frisbee
  • Sing a song
  • Arrange some flowers
  • Go to bed early
  • Flirt with someone
  • Make a gift for someone
  • Write a poem
  • Read the whole newspaper
  • Daydream
  • Take some photos
  • Make a paper airplane
  • Write in a diary
  • Dance
  • Meditate
  • Do a crossword
  • Dress up
  • Call a long-distance friend
  • Light some candles