Simple pleasures do not need to be denied whether your budget is not stretching as far as you would like, or you are looking to simply spend less money.
No matter how frugal you are, making sure that you are enjoying yourself is part and parcel of living simply, so make sure that you take a look at a few of these techniques to keep you sane and pleased with the world.
Are you someone who loves bright colours, or do you adore getting to touch things? Head to a place that will make your senses sing.
For some people, it will be a botanical garden full of blooming flowers, and for other people, it will be the chance to head to a fabric store and run your hands over the deep-pile velvet.
There's no reason to starve your senses, and after you have indulged them a little bit, you will feel a great deal better.
Put on some music you like or simply turn on the radio and dance around madly for at least five minutes. No matter how well you dance, or how silly the music is, you'll find that this can be instrumental to lifting your mood.
This can be the quintessential you time, or you can invite your children or your spouse in to dance with you. Get your limbs moving, get your blood flowing and don't stop until you're smiling.
Whether you decide to volunteer at an animal shelter or you just ask your neighbour if she wants a cookie, you'll feel better once you have tried to do something for someone else.
When we help others, we are also asserting control over our own lives, showing ourselves that we have the power to help others. This is a very affirming thing, and you'll find that it can be a great way to feel better.
Whether we like it or not, the instant gratification of purchasing something can be a lot of fun, even if it is behaviour that you are trying to get away from.
Take three or four dollars in cash into a thrift store, and tell yourself that you are only going to buy something that truly appeals to you.
This gives you a reason to shop and at the end, you've only spent a few dollars worth of cash, making this one of life's simple pleasures.
One of life's simple pleasures is beauty, and you'll find that you can bring it into your home.
Whether you draw a picture to tack up, print out a picture that pleases you, or simply bring in some wildflowers that you found, you'll find that brightening up your home can really bright up your whole day!
Make sure that you don't neglect the honest and enjoyable fun that can be had no matter what your budget is.
There are plenty of things that you can do that will leave you feeling
great! Indulgence is not a sin and it doesn't have to cost a fortune,
remember it's the simple things in life that make it worthwhile and
should be a part of your frugal living day-to-day plan.
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