7 Aug 2011

24 Ways to Add Excitement to Your Life

By More.com

Want to energize your mind, body and soul? These 24 innovative ideas are guaranteed to fill your life with challenges and fun.
Nothing will snap you out of a rut faster than trying something new. From closet cleanouts to reconnecting with long-lost friends, these ideas should keep you recharged and ready for action.

1. Take an evening class
Have you always wanted to write an award-winning screenplay, whip up Celtic bracelets or speak French like a native of Provence? The time is now! Call your local community center and sign up for a noncredit course.
2. Get a makeover
Fancy yourself a redhead? Ask your hairdresser for a dye, or try a semipermanent rinse at home. And what about your makeup? Book an appointment with a department store cosmetics specialist, and leave looking like a new person, even if you only actually buy a lipgloss.

3. Spend quality time with your parents
Invite Mom and Dad out for dinner and a movie.

4. Find a blast from the past
Stop wondering what happened to your best friend from primary school — track him or her down and find out. It could rekindle a great friendship!

5. Clean out your wardrobe
Be brutal! If that dress clings in all the wrong places or that jacket looks like a tent since you lost weight, bag them for charity.

6. Put your hand up
Give something back to the community by volunteering to help a charity. Deliver meals to the elderly with Meals on Wheels. Sign up as a Red Cross volunteer. Help your local Humane Society by cleaning, feeding and walking stray dogs.

7. Spice up your social life
Spend a night at a karaoke bar or theme park or line-dancing with a group of friends, and tighten your stomach muscles with all the laughing you'll do.

8. Formalize your weight goal
Set on reaching a certain weight by your niece's wedding or your partner's 40th? Then try strategies to motivate yourself. List 10 things you'll enjoy when you're slimmer. Take two more walks a week. Drink one more glass of water per day.

9. Trace your family history
Who knows, you may discover some interesting skeletons in the closet or a famous long-lost ancestor. Local genealogical societies are a great resource, and a lot of information can be found online.

10. Create a fragrant oasis indoors
Go on a shopping spree for scented candles, soaps, essential oils and potpourri. Want to be more hands-on? Hit the crafts shop and snap up some "how to" books on candle-making and soap kits.

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