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Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. 🙂  I got the idea to make a happy box one summer before I moved out to my own place years ago so I would be prepared for living on my own in case a bad day ever struck.  Here’s how to make a happy box or a bad day box.

Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. 🙂 Here’s how to make a DIY happy box to cheer you up!

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Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. :) I got the idea to create a "happy box" one summer before I moved out to my own place so I would be prepared for living on my own in case the inevitable bad day ever struck.

I can say thankfully there weren’t too many bad days that summer, but when there are it’s nice to have a happy box full of things that will make my day.

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To start, I used a large priority mail box from the post office.  You can get these for free!  Then I took some wrapping paper from my birthday and cut it to size to tape onto the flaps of the box.  I love penguins so I thought this paper was super cute!  And it’s like Christmas in July.  I got this idea from my mom when she decorated a birthday package for me like this with birthday wrapping paper on the flaps when I was in college. 🙂

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Next, here’s a list of what I put in my happy box:

1. Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist.  These are two of my favorite inspirational / spiritual books.  Cold Tangerines is about celebrating the happiness of everyday life and Bittersweet is about the teary and hard moments of life, so it’s nice to have both on hand depending on my mood.

2. Natural Calm magnesium drink– This is a magnesium supplement in the form of a powdered drink mix.  It’s my secret anxiety-fighting hack!  Magnesium is good for depression and anxiety.  I like the raspberry lemonade flavor. 🙂  This stuff is great if you’re feeling really anxious and you need to calm down on the spot.  It makes you sleepy and really calm and happy.  Check with your doctor before you take any supplements, and be careful not to have too take too much magnesium as it can sometimes cause an upset tummy.

3. Bubble wrap– sometimes when I’m anxious I like popping bubble wrap.  It’s just a fidgety little thing you can do to distract yourself and keep your hands busy.

4. Pretty scented lotion- Sometimes it helps to pamper yourself a little when you’re stressed out.  This is one of my favorite fragrances- Princess by Vera Wang.

5. Red lipstick– For some reason red lipstick never fails to make me feel confident, sassy, and ready to take on the world.  Try it!  It’s an instant mood boost.  (Or a gender-neutral alternative.)

6. M&M’s and sour gummi worms– This is not healthy, but sometimes a little chocolate is just what you need.  At least that’s what Harry Potter taught me. 😉

7. Relaxing essential oils– I recently started using some essential oil roller balls for sleep and stress and they can be very relaxing.  Just apply a drop or two (or get it in a roller ball) to your wrists and temples and inhale.  It’s instant aromatherapy!

So there you go!  That’s what’s in my happy box.  What would you put in yours?

Don’t feel like putting together your own happy box? You can also try a subscription box that’s made up for you already. There’s many different ones out there, from mindfulness and relaxing themes to happiness and therapy-related boxes.

Also check out the best gifts for someone with depression. 🙂

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Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. :)  I got the idea to make a happy box one summer before I moved out to my own place years ago so I would be prepared for living on my own in case the inevitable bad day ever struck.  Here's how to make a happy box.
How to Make a Happy Box for Bad Days
Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. :)  I got the idea to make a happy box one summer before I moved out to my own place years ago so I would be prepared for living on my own in case the inevitable bad day ever struck.  Here's how to make a happy box.

Sometimes when we have a bad day it would be nice if we could just pull out a box of all our favorite things that make us happy so we can smile again. :) I got the idea to make a happy box one summer before I moved out to my own place so I would be prepared for living on my own in case the inevitable bad day ever struck. Here's how to make a happy box.

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Stephanie

Monday 8th of May 2017

This is such an amazing idea! This can also work for high tempered people! (like myself:() lol being able to go to your box when you want to explode, to calm you down is genius! Thank so much for sharing this awesome tip!

Katie

Saturday 13th of May 2017

You're welcome :)

Rachel

Sunday 24th of April 2016

This is such a great idea! I started something similar a couple months ago. In mine I have bubbles, finger paint, coloring books and crayons, sudoku, and play dough, to name a few. I have found that forcing myself to be creative helps my mood and anxiety tremendously.

Sheila

Friday 15th of April 2016

Hi!

Do you have any recommendations for a happy box for a 60 year old? My mum has severe depression as of these past few years since my dad has passed. Nothing so far has worked and she's shutting down.... I'm kind of desperate to find something to help... I have those books on order, apparently can't get that magnesium drink here in Canada but I can buy the supplements, just don't think she'd bother. Any ideas?

Katie

Monday 18th of April 2016

Maybe she can start a hobby? Grandma Moses, a famous folk painter, started painting in her 70's. :)

Stella

Saturday 6th of February 2016

I love your blog! I have currently started my own mental health blog and yours has really inspired me. Thank you for sharing your struggle. It's good to know there are other people out there who want to talk about it :)

Katie

Saturday 6th of February 2016

Thanks! Your blog looks great :)

Patty

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

I loved this idea, I'm pretty sure it'll help me somehow, thanks for sharing. I've already read about what you went trhough and let me tell you I felt identified, sometimes is just good to know you're not alone and definitely not the only one :')

Katie

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

You're definitely not alone. :) I hope the blog helps you!

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