Ways to get your happy back

Cute-Puppy-SadMany (MANY) of us have times of ‘funk’.  Where we may or may not know what the hell is bothering us, but we just can’t seem to move past it.  It can last minutes, hours or days.  If it lasts longer than a week you should probably consult your doctor.  What are some things we can do if we are in a funk, down in the dumps or just cranky?  Check out ten things to do below AND my happy salad recipe!

You can also check out my quick YouTube video below:

1- get OUTSIDE.  Weather permitting (and sometimes even if its not- put on a rain coat!), get outside. Walk, jog, run, bike, garden, whatever.  Get outside, get some vitamin D and breathe.

2- get CREATIVE. Draw, paint, write, sew, knit.  Do something creative that makes you feel good.

3- pray or meditate (or both).  There are some really good meditations on YouTube for free you can listen to.  Find one with positive affirmations.  Read a part in the bible that makes you feel good (probably wanna stay away from hell and damnation parts).  Go in the closet and think of all the things you are grateful for (I have to go in the closet…happens when you have four kids).

4- read a BOOK.  Pick a book that makes you happy and read a few chapters.

5- watch a COMEDY.  Laughter stirs up so many great chemical reactions on your body.

6- ORGANIZE.  Seems strange, but sometimes cleaning out an area that is jumbled up in your life feels great.  A closet, computer files, pantry, etc.

7- SMELLS!  Burn a candle, incense, diffuse oils. I start each day by picking an oil with health benefits and diffusing them in my house.  Benefits me and the entire family.

8- MUSIC!  it is absolutely proven that music changes a persons mood (good or bad).  Pick your style of music that uplifts you.

9- GET OUT.  We need to feed off of other people’s energy sometimes, and taking a trip to the library or bookstore where you can plop down with a book or magazine, be surrounded by people, but not have to actually talk to someone, can be so revitalizing.  If reading is not your thing, walk around the mall or a busy park.

10- REST.  Sometimes our crankiness or funk is a lack of sleep or rest.  Our bodies are just run down.  Take a nap.  But!  Right before you do, listen to some positive affirmations as you fall to sleep.  You will be SHOCKED at how great you feel when you wake.

Check out my happy salad recipe below helps me feel good inside and out!

Quinoa Salad with Cranberries



  • Cup of fresh or frozen cranberries (thaw if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • Three cups of cooked quinoa
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3/4 cup of coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbs of olive oil
  • 2 Tbs of red wine vinegar
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded chicken breast (optional)


  • Cut cranberries in half
  • Place honey and 2 tablespoons of water in a pot- boil for about one minute, remove from heat and add cranberries and let sit for about 15 minutes, strain and chill cranberries
  • Add all items in a large bowl and stir.  Chill for two hours prior to serving.

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