Could your motivation use a boost this month? Here are 21 suggestions for how to make November count:
- Start and end each day with gratitude. Watch what it does for your outlook.
- Support an organization that serves meals to those in need.
- Reach out to someone who's without a loved one (or a job) this year. No need to do anything heroic. Just let them know you care.
- Unless you enjoy it, skip the pandemonium known as Black Friday.
- Plan a personal day to take the edge off holiday stress.
- Hire someone to help you with errands. When in doubt, start with Yelp.
- Got kids applying to colleges? Celebrate when all the apps are done.
- Set a small but meaningful fitness goal. Examples: Walking with a friend once a week, or participating in a holiday fitness challenge at work.
- Clear out one area of your home or office: your sock drawer, your desk drawer, your medicine cabinet, whatever. #CheaperThanTherapy
- Just in case, stock up now on over-the-counter meds—and maybe your favorite soups.
- If you haven't yet done so, consider getting a flu shot.
- Need a holiday haircut? Book it early. You'll be glad you did.
- Find a way to make the shorter days more bearable. Something as simple as a candle from CVS (seriously) can add a little warmth and charm.
- Start a new tradition—or bring back an old one. Movie night, anyone?
- Cut your loved ones some slack this season.
- Invite them to do the same for you.
- Write a note of thanks to someone who's not expecting to hear from you.
- Attend an interfaith Thanksgiving service. Be a good and gracious guest. If you're hosting, go out of your way to help others feel welcome.
- Treat yourself to a new pair of slippers.
- Send a care package to your local children's hospital—not so much for the kids, who tend to get loads of holiday gifts, but for their exhausted parents.
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With a few words of encouragement and maybe some chocolate, you can brighten someone's day. Will you?
— Gina DeLapa