30 days to a happier you – Day 10 – things to do for free

Sweet and sour

sweet and sourThe other day I heard some children talking about peoples’ reactions when they played their game of sweet and sour.



Apparently sweet and sour game is where you sit in the back of a Volvo and wave at strangers in others cars. If they wave back they are sweet and if they don’t they are sour! I heard about how one man had showed them a doughnut and another man did a salute. They thought this was great. Children find lots of ways to have fun for free.

Adults can have fun for free too. You might get some funny looks if you play sweet and sour but here are some ideas of things you can do for free.

  • Go to the sea
  • Take a course, there are free courses available at future learn
  • Cook something or invent a new dish
  • Cloud watch…….. Oh sorry I’m back. I just got distracted by some clouds!
  • Put some of your favourite photos in a collage
  • Read. Even if you hate reading there must be a book that you would enjoy. There are sites that find books you might like. Try whatshouldireadnext
  • Music changes your mood in 3 seconds. Choose a belter and sing your heart out. These girls are funny!
  • Be a tourist in your own city. I did this recently in Brighton and had a lot of fun
  • Make your Family tree. Free at most libraries
  • Walk in nature


  • Go window shopping to see what you don’t need to buy!
  • Create something. A scarf, pen pot, book, shed
  • Find a group near you on Meet Up. If you can think of it, there’s a group for it!
  • Watch inspiring Ted talks
  • Look at some art to inspire you or make you wonder what it is!

weird art






  • Explore. On foot. On a bike. In the car
  • Exercise
  • Try creative writing or even a blog
  • Create a new outfit out of your existing clothes
  • Watch animals
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try some adult colouring
  • Create a mission for yourself – maybe see all the Royal Parks or local parks in your area? Visit all the libraries? Find the local markets?
  • Help someone else – Radio 1 have a great thing at the moment where you can give an hour to help others
  • Grow something

Peter Glazebrook from Newark kisses his world record breaking onion that weighed in at 18lbs 1oz, beating his previous world record by almost 2ozs, at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 14, 2012. Glazebrook took six first prize awards in the Giant Vegetable classes at the show. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire








You will notice that most of these you can do alone. This is because if you make your own fun and happiness first, you become self-sufficient in your happiness and rarely bored and lonely.

I would love to hear your ideas of free things to do. Please add them to the comments and share them!

Here’s the plan:

  • Read your gratitude list often
  • Make sure Mind COP is on patrol
  • Pick one list from the list, do it and see how you feel
  • Feel free to share this post on facebook or twitter!
  • Like me on facebook

Happy hug 🙂



Honey Lansdowne is a successful Hypnotherapist in Worthing. She uses Hypnosis, NLP and 20 years coaching experience to help people overcome anxiety and depression in person and online.

  • elaine says:

    I dance and sing badly on both counts.
    I embarrass my teenage son with my conversations with his friends.
    We do random peeping in the car at strangers to see who will wave and who doesn’t. Its not a Volvo so not quite sweet and sour.
    I walk my dog
    I shuffle but say its a run.
    I colour
    I laugh a lot.
    I spent a lot of time on Social Media on inspirational pages and I try to be inspirational to others too.
    I am grateful for the opportunities that come my way and that makes me happy very happy indeedy.

  • Barb says:

    You’ve got an interesting list of “do-for-free” items here! You’ve inspired me to think up a few things, like: spend at least one day a month during the summer at the lake with the kids (I live near Toronto, Canada so we’e a very long way from the any sea/ocean, but close to a couple of the Great Lakes). I haven’t done that for some time. Another item I will do is to transform my garden for an interesting winter landscape. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I love your list! So, what’s there to add? My favourite is to start walking from my own house and make up an urban walk as I go. No money, no bus ticket, just walking and seeing where it takes me. I also play guitar and sing…not so badly…

  • Great list, for me walking over the hills, doing stuff that makes my wife and kids laugh, shuffling through the fallen autumn leaves with my wife in the park

  • Thank you for these amazing tips. So my 3 tips to add: 1)put a bird feeder in front of your window and watch the birds, well you can build the feeder by yourself that would be brave. 2) Ask your friend who has dog and take the dog for a walk, don’t forget treats and dog toys. If you don’t have a friend with dog you can voluntary at dog shelter. Doggie will cheer you up a lot. 3) walk on street, smile at people and ask at least 3 strengers who smiled back some question.. what time it is.. or where is good restaurant.. you will be surprised with the results:-)

  • Lise says:

    My free tips that we used to do when the children were small:
    -Fountain trip: find all the fountains near you and get your feet wet
    -Christmas trip: no shopping, only look at Christmas Stalls
    -Count yellow cars and scream out each time you see one (or Thomas train, airplane. city trolls (disguised as ordinary morning tired people)
    Our daily free routine: evening swim in the fjord 🙂

  • >