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5 Perfect Pick-Me-Ups

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We all have those really, really bad days. Days where you’re just in a very uncompromising slump, where all you really want to do is close your eyes and forget that the world even exists. It may be a break up, a tough time with the parents, or a horrible grade on a test. Or maybe it’s the laziness kicking in. The other day I was lying on the couch feeling like the biggest couch potato in the universe, and then my mother asks me to wash the dishes for her.

Of course I didn’t want to get up and of course I had no intentions on exerting energy of any kind.

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Whatever the feeling may be, I have a solution for you. What you need is the perfect pick-me-up.

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Pick-me-ups do wonders. They lighten your spirits, wake up that life inside your body, and make you feel alive again. Which is what life should be about, really. Here are a couple of pick-me-ups that I find extremely effective and hopefully, they manage to cheer you up as well:

1. A Song You Can Dance To

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Nothing gets you up and moving more than the perfect dance track. Put that dance playlist on blast and you’ll feel rejuvenated in no time!

Recommendations:

“Drunk in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z (seriously the song that I jammed to after my mother made me wash the dishes)

2. A Movie or TV Show That Makes You Laugh

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The thing about movies and TV shows is that they transport you into a new world. You suddenly feel like you’re not alone, that the characters are there to accompany you. If you’re to be transported into a new world, it ought to be a funny world. Comedies are a must. Not only will they make you laugh your rear off, but that source of laughter is what’s going to keep you moving forward throughout the night.

Recommendations:

21 Jump Street

She’s The Man

Mean Girls

Clueless

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These are all movies that I would watch when I’m feeling a bit gloomy. They never fail to make me laugh. Stay away from tear-jerkers (unless that kind of stuff strangely comforts you) and you should be good.

3. A Comforting Drink

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What’s more relaxing than curling up with a good book and a rejuvenating drink? In this case, sodas and chips aren’t going to do you justice. Settle for something healthy, something that you know is good for your body. Nothing feels better than knowing that you’re doing something beneficial for your body.

Recommendations:

Any type of tea. My personal favorites are Green Tea and Oolong.

A smoothie from Jamba (Strawberry Wild Light for me)

A plate of apples with almond butter

4. A Great Friend

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When you’re feeling down, the worst thing to be is alone. Call up that friend who you know can make you laugh and smile.

5. A Change of Scenery

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Change is good. The thing is that when you’re in one place for too long, you get bored. And being bored is not a good thing at all.

So take a drive to somewhere new. Go out of your comfort zone and check out that new restaurant down the street, try rock climbing or horseback riding, something you haven’t done before. It’s refreshing to try something new for a change and inevitably, you’ll feel like a new and shiny person.

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Those are my main sources of pick-me-ups and for the most part, they do their job! I hope you get out of your slump and I hope life for you is great. Any other perfect pick-me-ups? Don’t hesitate to share them with me! I would love to read them.

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The Smart Aleck Charm

 

 

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My dad uses the term as an insult, as a way of telling someone that they’re being irritatingly annoying.

But in Hollywood, there’s a trend of smart alecks swarming about.

Though I guess I wouldn’t blame them.

Smart alecks have a certain charm and likeness to them, and are also extremely fun to watch. They’re funny, interesting, and their know-it-all personalities just make you want to have lunch with them and laugh with them all day long.

A prime example would be Tony Stark.

An American billionaire playboy, industrialist, and ingenious engineer.

An American billionaire playboy, industrialist, and ingenious engineer.

He is one of the most beloved Marvel characters, known for his sarcastic and witty ways. But if anything, those seemingly-negative characteristics is what makes up his appeal. He provides comic relief in the otherwise super intense and dramatic Avengers movie. Audiences love him because him being somewhat of a know-it-all makes them laugh and smile.

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Selena Gomez’s portrayal of Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place also contributes to the idea that smart alecks are actually extremely entrancing. If anything, the character Alex Russo proves to be distinct and memorable simply because she was different from the usual goody-two-shoe Disney characters. Her sass and rebel-like quality added spunk to the show. She was the rebel amongst the sea of Disney’s generic good girls.

Because of this charm, Hollywood has a knack for portraying smart alecks as the more appealing characters. In real life, smart alecks may be so annoying to the brink of wanting to pull your hair out (there is actually a smart aleck in one of my classes that ticks me off to no end) but in TV and movies, you suddenly want such characters to be your best friend.

My favorite smart aleck however, is the character who had inspired me to write this post: Psych’s Shawn Spencer.

A very attractive picture of Shawn.

A very attractive picture of Shawn.

Shawn is honestly the very epitome of a smart aleck. He never listens, smart talks his way out of practically everything, and doesn’t hesitate to boast about his “psychic” abilities. Even so, Shawn still possesses a compassionate, good heart, and manages to maintain a healthy relationship with his dad. Not to mention Gus can never stay mad at him. He’s that good. Shawn seriously cracks me up every time he’s on TV. Love him so much.

Any other charming smart alecks that you guys can think of? If you have one in mind don’t hesitate to comment below! I would love to hear them!