12 Ways To Turn a Bad Day Into a Better One

12 ways to turn a bad day into a better one

They are inevitable. Bad days happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are a few…

12 ways to turn a bad day into a better one

1. Play with kids.

I dare you.

2. Give someone a compliment.

Not a fake one, but take the time to see something that someone else is doing well.

3. Sing in your car.

And sing as loud as you can. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to frown while you are singing?

4. Read Philippians 4.

And while you are at it, just think about where Paul was while he was writing it.

5. Bake your favorite kind of cookies.

Then eat some.

6. Count your blessings.

I mean it. Start a list of all the things you are thankful for. Write until you can’t write anymore. Staple it to the wall.

7. Watch people.

Go find a crowded public area, sit down and watch. Allow yourself to wonder what he ate for breakfast, or what her name is, or where he bought that shirt.

8. Do something for someone you love.

Do the dishes for your wife, take your neice out for ice cream, take your mom to Starbucks for a coffee.

9. Pray.

It’s #9 because you expected it to be #1. What could be more encouraging that talking to the Creator of the universe?

10. Think of the most encouraging person you know and call them.

But don’t complain. Refrain from telling them how bad your day is and focus on making their day better.

11. Write a letter.

A good old-fashioned paper and ink letter. Bonus: write it to someone who has impacted your life and thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their role/impact in your life.

12. Remember the truth.

That God causes all things to work together for GOOD (Romans 8:28)

What do you do to help improve a bad day?

Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. This is a great list! If only we’d reflect more on our blessings and less on our worries we would live lives more pleasing to our Creator!

  2. @minthegap
    I agree… I can’t tell you how many of my bad days were fixed by me just counting my blessings…

  3. This really made me smile, nice post :)

  4. It was nice to see that there are people who don’t want to stay in there bad day’s. It seam’s to me thet there are more people living in bad day’s then good one’s. I wish that everyone could see your list.
    GOD BLESS& THANK YOU,
    Tina

  5. @Iain and Tina
    Glad you liked it… everyone needs help turning a bad day into a good one once in a while…

  6. great list. one thing i noticed in your list which my pastor repeats over and over is getting your mind off yourself will completely change your attitude. a selfless life is a much happier life.

  7. #13. Question authority, especially the antiquated, misinterpretted systems of religion we adopt without question.

  8. Perhaps, JG, you should question whether your own lack of belief is adopted without question. As Christians, we are born doubting, and doubt is, as Augustine said, the route to spiritual growth. By denying religion outright and in such a dismissive way, you yourself are being as close-minded as the most fundamentalist Christian. Perhaps you should question why you took the time to comment on a Christian blog a post which contributed nothing other than your own opinion, which will in no way enrich the lives of any who read it.

  9. great tips, thanks for sharing.

  10. Wouldve been great if you excluded 9, 12, and 4.

  11. amen to that, JG

  12. Margaret

    Dear Friend in Christ. I am having a bad time today – funeral later. Thank you so much for taking the time to come up with this list which was just what I needed just now.

  13. God is on part with Greek mythology. A load of stories. The others are good though, cookies are delicious and non-denominational.

  14. @Margaret
    I am really sorry to hear that, but I am glad that it was a little bit of a help for you…

    @Mitchell
    It is a bummer that you feel that way – you are really missing out on a lot more than you know… But, I am glad you like the cookies ;)

  15. Honest “ABE”: Ask not what GOD can do for you,but what YOU can do for GOD

  16. bad things happen to good people
    and good things happen to bad people amen

  17. These are 12 perfect examples of what someone should do when they feel like they’re having the worst day possible.
    #11 and 12 are my favorite. When my mother lost her job last week, she was terribly sad and awfully depressed, but I had to remind her to thank God because this was meant to be and had to happen so that something great could come along later. Knowing who I am and my rights as a Christian are more than enough to inspire me when I’m feeling downhearted or depressed.

  18. I like #1 and #7 and might combine them. Play with my kids at the park, allows me to see other families and be thankful for what I have.

  19. Simple truths. I liked them. Thanks for posting.

  20. Hey nice post.I was feeling very low as past night was terrible due to 1 of my friend.But this post has helped me.

    God Bless u.

    I wanna add one more thought of mine.
    In the bible,among the 10 commandments .1 Do not critisize.
    I feel whenever we criticize or speak vague,its we who get a bad feeling in our heart.But if we learn to appreciate,its not only us who feel great but also the person getting appreciation does.

  21. Jeannie D.

    Great List! Thanks so much for these great ideas. I work in retail, am an older, single woman and sometimes I have some REALLY BAD DAYS:-) But Mama said there would be days like this and she taught us to Pray, to Praise (sing) and to Encourage or Help someone. Her creed was: Jesus Others You. “What a wonderful way to spell JOY” So your list includes these and more:-) No matter how bad I feel or how down I am, putting on a praise and worship cd just doesn’t allow the pity party to be successful.

  22. I very much enjoy singing and I know personally it is a great way to lift my spirits.

  23. Just when I needed a reason to smile, this link showed up in my email :)

  24. Bob,
    I have a lot to learn from you. Not only is this a great list you take criticisms and clearly targeted attacks on scripture and God in stride. The folks that make these comments clearly are confused about what website they’re visiting. It is Christian Personal Finance… Not Agnostic Personal Finance or Atheist Personal Finance.

    Anyhow, thank you for these awesome reminders on how to turn a day around!

  25. Thanks once again for sharing ways we can improve our lives financially. spiritually and emotionally. This article comes at a good time for me too.

  26. This list came on a day I really needed it. I have tried a few of the things on this list to help make my stressful day better. I have a page of uplifting quotes and scriptures that I look at when I’m worried or discouraged and I added Romans 8:28 to it. Thanks for the list (and the timing)!

  27. Ann Power

    As usual, another great encouragement from
    your team…many thanks!!!

  28. Whenever I had a bad day, number 1 is my best thing to do. I have a seven-year-old kid and I really love playing with her.

  29. Ebere Mayne

    It’s great how.the summary of this to me is to look.’away from myself’ when I ‘feel’ I’m having a bad day.

  30. Great list! You have no idea how often I use your posts on my show. I know that my listeners are blessed and made wiser, just as I often am!

  31. Gayle Pratt

    thankyou, I recorded these in my journal for the future!

  32. I love this list! Thanks so much for sharing! I love #4 because Philippians is my husband’s favorite book in the Bible. Such Truth!
    And for #5, instead eating some cookies, I’m gonna eat some ice cream today :)
    I think one of the best ones listed is #6 though. This is one that I have a tough time doing because I so easily focus on the negatives. But I’m gonna take this list as a challenge, especially #6, and count God’s blessings He has given me and use them to remember His faithfulness.
    Thanks again for the encouragement!

  33. This is great! I agree with all of it. Especially 4, 5, 6, 9, and 12 :)

  34. I just dance to an upbeat song whether gospel or Pharrell’s Happy, it gives me a renewed energy.

  35. Drawlence

    All the twelve ways of ideas are turning a real magic and acceptable to me, God bless you Bobfor ur wisdomsof blessing from God!

  36. What a great list! I am going to keep this bookmarked so I can refer to it often.

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