Color me happy! Ideas to make the most of your summer in Chicago

Happy is a mind set. It’s contagious. Just try it sometime. Come home whistling and soon you’ll find everyone singing your tune. So set your palette and color yourself and your family happy.

Orange you glad it’s not winter???

Of course you are, right now. But as summer stretches on and heats up, it’s easy to forget. Too soon after we stop complaining about the cold, we start complaining about how HOT it is. Next time you are on a sticky seat in the back of the bus heading home from work, remind yourself how many times you shoveled your driveway this past winter.

Tickle yourself pink

Find that funny bone and feather it daily. Nothing says fun and lightens the days more than laughter. Challenge yourself to find a way to make your family laugh every day this summer.

Get red in the face

Conquering fear is a great way to add joy to your life! Get out of your comfort zone and take center stage. Try the local karaoke, comedy club or a poetry reading. Scary at first, but exhilarating once conquered.

Find some blue skies

Summertime is a fantastic time to slip away for some private family time. Catch a quick flight or hit the road and seek some new blue skies and soak up some family togetherness.

Tie a yellow ribbon

As the old song goes, tie a yellow ribbon round that old oak tree if you still love me. Being in love—with your husband, your partner, your children, your family, your friends—definitely adds to your happiness. So find some ways to show the ones you love how much you care with your own yellow ribbon!

Make your winter self green with envy

What holds us back from happiness? Fear of trying something new. So this summer I dare you to do something so wild, fun and extravagant! Make it something that will still have you smiling come dull, gray January!

Back in black

Let the good times roll on till dark! As the summer days stretch longer, stretch your fun. Stay out late. If you’re lucky, that might mean dancing till dawn with the hubster, but at the very least let time linger as you sit on the porch with the kids and neighbors.

Lighten days with white noise

When we are relaxed, we are naturally happier. Zone out, relax, get into the vibe this summer and savor every summer moment.

Don’t forget to…

  • Use big brush strokes: Dance like nobody’s looking. Wave twice. Laugh loudly. Double up on the giggles and quadruple the fun. Or maybe try 10 times harder to reach that goal.
  • Chase some rainbows: Now is the time to find rainbows by setting goals outside of your reach.
  • Look for the Pot Of Gold!: The best part about painting your own rainbow is finding treasure at the end. Treat this summer as a treasure hunt and be on the lookout for surprises.

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