How to get a DIY morale-boost

If you’d like to boost your own morale, one indispensable tip is to think about a relatively small past action someone took that made you feel disproportionately good. Then apply it to yourself.

Parents can be a great source for these kinds of memories.

For example, I distinctly recall my own mum boosting my spirits when I was about six years old, and feeling poorly for one reason or another.

Although I didn’t have much of an appetite, she was keen to encourage me to eat, and I must have told her I might be able to manage to eat a few chips (French fries in the part of the world where I now live).

A short time later she appeared from the kitchen with a rectangular plate, bearing half a dozen perfectly-cut, perfectly-fried home-made chips, laid neatly side-by-side.

So vivid is this memory, that I can still see the blue plate with its white spots.

And those chips! They were the home-made type, chunky and golden brown.

They didn’t last long, but many years later, I know I can give myself a lift by fixing something tasty to eat, and serving it up in a visually appealing way.

Perhaps you have your own memories of a time when someone raised your spirits by doing something you specially appreciated?

Next time you need it, therefore, why not dust off this procedure and apply it to yourself?

Finally, a big thank you to the scores of readers who answered my call last week for possible alternatives to the word “morale.”

As promised, I’ve compiled all those mentioned by more than one person, and would love to know which of them you think work best, overall.

The voting form is here, and has been set up so you’ll be able to see the current results after you vote:

Please let me know what you think.

3 thoughts on “How to get a DIY morale-boost

  1. As a child home was not where I would ever expect to receive a morale boost. School and other activities provided the lift I needed. I remember a swim team coach that told me ” while you might not be the fastest on the team – you have a good work ethic” which meant a lot to me. Several teachers over the years gave this quiet child a reason to keep going – I think of them often with gratitude.

  2. Thanks for sharing this memory, Judy. I wonder if your swim coach remembered saying that to you? Perhaps not, but how warming to know that those words spread out like ripples on the pool.

    1. I think he probably wouldn’t remember but I do and I’ve paid it forward every chance I get – I too end up teaching swimming, yoga and preschool and I’ve always looked for those students who might need a lift.

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