As a kid, whenever I went to the doctor I’d get to pick out a toy from the drugstore afterward.
My selection was always the same: A small, plastic horse. I’d spend a few minutes picking which horse I wanted — the brown one, the black one, the one with spots — and by the time I was back in the car, I’d have forgotten all about the doctor’s cold stethoscope and the shot he gave me.
We’re dealing with a lot more than a needle in the arm, but the point is that small things can provide a much-needed pick-me-up. So if you’ve got the post-Inauguration Day blues, here are some easy and inexpensive ways to boost your spirits today – and any time, really.
1. Read “Seven Brief Lessons On Physics” (Trust us!)
Head to your nearest bookstore and pick up this quick read. Yes, you’ll learn about general relativity and quantum mechanics. But the book also takes a philosophical tone at times, including when author Carlo Rovelli reminds us that “within the immense ocean of galaxies and stars, we are in a remote corner.” Perspective.
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2. Study the Beatles’ performance of “Don’t Let Me Down” from the Apple rooftop in Savile Row
Is it Paul’s sashay at 0:39? Ringo’s total look of bliss at 1:17? His red leather jacket? It’s all of it. The Beatles singing the songs that only they could have written on a London rooftop in January 1969 is pure magic.