10 things that can be done in less than 5 minutes that will improve your life
This list should be an action or change that will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Go!
1. Pick up something heavy
2. Eat an apple
3. Call a friend or family member you love
4. Write down three things you are grateful for today
5. Laugh out loud
6. Put on some lipstick (or even better, put on some rouge and look in the mirror and make kissy faces at yourself).
The idea is to force yourself to do something that seems frivolous but can actually be fun and make you happy.
This is an exercise I learned from my friend Tim Urban who writes the blog "Dollar Vigilante" (and also "Joke Book" which I've been reading since high school). He's trying to learn how to be happy so he does experiments like this every day to see what makes him happy.
For instance, he once went around wearing a t-shirt that said "I am not Jesus". See what people say when they see Jesus walking around with a t-shirt that says "I am not Jesus". '))
It's always interesting to me how often people will try to correct others who think they are Jesus Christ when in reality they are just normal people who need help with their laundry or want someone to play chess with them or whatever it is they want from him. But I digress...
Let's go back to my experiment of putting on makeup (which was inspired by Tim Urban):) Here's what happened when I did it two days ago: