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20 Ways To Feel Happier This Summer


1. Love sleeping in on Saturdays? To make your bed even more of a haven, buy the coziest sheets. Invest in some that have at least a 250-thread count--the higher the number, the softer the feel.

2. On Monday morning, upgrade your usual coffee to a latte.

3. If you dig throwing dinner parties, buy a round dining room table--it will promote conversation, because everyone will be able to see each other.

4. Post-vacation, keep your high going by researching where you want to go on your next trip.

5. Stock your bathroom with candles in relaxing scents like lavender so that every time you take a bath, you can easily turn it into a mini spa.

6. Sunday night is a quiet, stay-at-home kind of evening. So make it a ritual with your guy or a group of pals to cook a meal that's a little more gourmet and delicious than your usual.

7. Get some flowers to bring color into your pad, so you'll feel cheery even after a tough day.

8. Magnify the sexiness of your date night by turning it into a whole weekend. Plan romantic dinners, a fun movie to see, and some daytime activities. Then, tell him to pack a bag on Friday and stay at your place until Sunday.

9. Put together an energizing and inspiring playlist just for your commute to work...and a more calm and relaxing one for your trip home.

10. Create a reading area to make settling in with a load of magazines or a good book even more enjoyable. Pick a cozy, nicely lit corner of your couch, and add a soft blanket and small table for you to rest a drink on.

11. Never go on a date without wearing sassy undies and a matching bra, even if you know he won't see them. It's for you, honey.

12. Having cute and flattering gym clothes to slip into means you'll actually look forward to sweating.

13. Ask your favorite shops if they have mailing lists you can be added to or a service survey form you can fill up. Once you're signed up, they might send you discounts and special offers.

14. There's nothing like a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Splurge on a couple of snazzy, high-end glasses that are designed to optimize the aroma and flavor of your wine. They honestly make all the difference.

15. Make Saturday afternoons even brighter by scheduling phone or Skype sessions with long-distance pals.

16. Mmm...spaghetti. Up the yum factor by adding restaurant-worthy ingredients to your noodles and basic marinara sauce--think: big, juicy, black olives and shaved Romano or Parmesan cheese.

17. Celebrate the fact that you've made it to midweek by treating yourself to a small dessert at lunch--like a cupcake or chocolate-chip cookie.

18. Since you likely spend loads of time there, make your living room more inviting by using warm colors. Try eggplant-colored throw pillows or a golden amber rug.

19. If you have huge plans for a Friday night, think ahead and take the day off work. You can devote those hours to primping, so you'll feel extra-hot when you meet up with friends later.

20. Right before you fall asleep, send your guy a loving text message. He'll get it the next morning, and you'll get a sweet response to start off your AM routine.

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