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11 Ways To Get Happy On Your Lunch Break

Having a jam-packed life can leave you zapped. Fight that feeling by incorporating our easy, feel-good activities during your lunch hour.

Ever feel like you spend a majority of your waking hours slaving away? Well, if you work full-time, you do. Add in errands and social stuff, and there’s almost no time left for you. That’s bad news. “Women are now packing their calendars fuller than ever,” says Susan Axtell, PsyD, a psychologist in Beverly Hills. “It’s good to be busy, but if you don’t schedule in mood-boosting things for yourself, you’ll burn out.” Easier said than done—you can’t exactly bail on your obligations.

Here’s what you may not realize: There are five underutilized hours a week that are perfect for spoiling yourself. According to a recent poll, 60 percent of people don’t use their entire lunch break. Not only should you be taking advantage of that hour, but you should also be squeezing in some pure pleasure. We compiled a list of things to do that take around 30 minutes and will up your happiness factor.

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1. Head for the mall and buy yourself a new lip gloss.

Treating yourself to something—even if it’s inexpensive—feels indulgent and special.

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2. Schedule a blowout.

You’ll feel luxurious looking like a hair commercial as you stride to the office.

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3. Watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother or Modern Family online.

Laughing puts you in a better mood, and it sends your body into a state of relaxation.

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4. “Plan” trips you’d wish to take on virtualtourist.com.

Turns out, people enjoy planning a vacation just as much as being on one.

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5. Try learning something cool, like French.

Download free language podcasts onto your iPhone. Learning a new skill can boost your confidence and make you feel good about yourself.

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6. Drive to the closest park for a quick walk.

Being surrounded by nature is proven to make people feel instantaneously more upbeat.

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7. Stroll around a nearby art gallery or museum.

Treating your eyes to new input stimulates creativity.

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8. Head to your car for a 20-minute nap.

According to research, that’s the perfect amount of snooze time to refuel your energy reserves.

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9. Get a quickie rubdown.

Find a spa nearby with express treatments, and ask for a 15-minute back massage.

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10. Skip the sandwich or salad you always have, and take yourself out for a proper sit-down lunch.

Order something exotic to make the experience feel extra special.  

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11. If you and your guy work near each other, meet halfway for a make-out session.

Smooching triggers a dopamine high that will brighten up your whole afternoon.

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