Tuesday, September 25, 2012


One of the more useful concepts from SuperBetter is the Power-up, a quick action you can take to boost your mood, get yourself back on track, or increase your motivation.  I have some obvious ones like "Log a meal in LoseIt!," but I'm also finding that there are some more off-beat things that give me a little jolt of energy.

One I just added is, "Put on perfume." I bought this fragrance years ago, and I still have almost the entire bottle.  I did a little research and found out that the fragrance came out in 2004 and has been discontinued, so I could have been hanging onto this for eight years, saving it for special occasions. Luckily, I have been keeping it in its box and it still smells great.  Even though no one but me really notices when I wear it, it makes me happy. I want to start wearing it more regularly. I moved it from the back of the cupboard where I was keeping it to my dresser where I will remember it more easily.

Some of my other unique power-ups include, "Listen to an inspiring song," "Take a morning walk," and "Find time to relax."

One of my allies, Kick Kick (a medical student), is now reading my blog and suggested, "New blog post." I thought that was a pretty great idea, so I added it to the list.

Even if you're not playing SuperBetter, you can use this idea. Just think about what small action could take a small step toward a goal, make you feel great, or give you a little extra energy.  Then power-up!


  1. I agree that the littlest things can sometimes make the biggest impact ... How great that you found something to lift your mood!

  2. Long, long ago you suggested wearing earrings in a post like this. I took it to heart. My middle child had to repierce my ears. And then I collected a few beloved earrings. Middle made some, a friend made others, all custom. At that same time I think I was down small enough to wear my rings. I got them out of safe deposit box. I only wear these pieces when I am in real clothes and out and about. They really do help my day.

  3. Man, the other day I walked by a guy chewing bubble gum and it smelled Amazing. I don'k know wow amazing. From 5 feet away. I think smelling good is an awesome power up.

    The fact that it's just for you, makes it all the better. Those little secrets you keep just for yourself can really put a sashay in your step. Now I want to restock my tattered bras with something sassy!


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