50 quick ways to add beauty to your life immediately

Fifty quick ways to add beauty to your life immediately
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press February 8, 2016

  1. Read one poem per day, and start with “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound. The experience of beauty, indeed, comes in flashes.
  2. Get henna tattoos on your hands.
  3. Swap out the black clothes for bright colors and florals.
  4. Don’t be afraid of bold color. Paint your beige walls.
  5. Energize your front entrance with a wreath, a welcome mat and potted plants on either side of the door.
  6. Grow herbs on your porch.
  7. Replace the tissues with a cloth handkerchief.
  8. Opt out of matching dishes. Choose handmade ceramic plates, each one individual, special and collected over time.
  9. Learn to Zentangle.
  10. Turn off the television and let jazz music echo through your home.
  11. Send real thank-you cards through the US Postal Service.
  12. When driving, switch off the radio and enjoy the silence.
  13. Say yes more often.
  14. Say no more often.
  15. Move on more often.
  16. Hang wind chimes outside your bedroom window.
  17. Decorate your space for every holiday.
  18. Buy long tapers and eat dinner by candlelight.
  19. Find the perfect vase and keep it filled with fresh flowers.
  20. Remove the following from your speech: profanity, hurtful gossip, negativity, complaints, lies and self-deprecation.
  21. Declutter your living and work space.
  22. Listen to “Liebestod.”
  23. You have fabulous hats, scarves and ties. Start wearing them.
  24. Decorate your sidewalks and driveway with chalk drawings.
  25. Dress up for no reason.
  26. Spend one year becoming an expert on a new topic.
  27. For anything.
  28. Use a slow cooker. When you come home, you’ll smell dinner.
  29. If there is live theater in town, go. Don’t forget your local high school’s productions.
  30. Rescue an animal.
  31. Forgive somebody, particularly yourself.
  32. Spend more time in nature.
  33. Get a plot in a community garden.
  34. If you can bike there, get rolling.
  35. Go to the finish line of a marathon or 5K and soak up the positive energy.
  36. Wish strangers a good morning.
  37. Start each day with five minutes of meditation.
  38.  Recyle.
  39. When it comes to spending money, choose experience over things.
  40. Leave work on time, find a body of water, sit next to it and be grateful.
  41. Light a fire pit in your backyard.
  42. When it is movie night, tap into Film Comment Magazine’s Best Films of the Year list.
  43. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. Don’t forget the grapes.
  44. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.
  45. Buy local at the farmer’s markets.
  46. Get off your phone and make a new friend.
  47. Embrace privacy. You don’t have to post every little thing you do.
  48. Drink your morning coffee or tea outside and watch the sunrise.
  49. Set aside daily reading time, and tackle the classics you’ve always wanted to read.
  50. Do nothing. Sit, be silent and listen to the wind.

 

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