Fun activities to help improve your mood

When we engage in pleasurable activities that make us feel connected to other people and places we feel better about ourselves and our relationships.

The following is a list of activities that might be fun and pleasurable for you. Feel free to add your own fun activities to the list.

Fun activity catalogue

  1. Soaking in the bathtub
  2. Planning your career
  3. Collecting things, such as coins and shells
  4. Going for a holiday
  5. Recycling old items
  6. Relaxing
  7. Going on a date
  8. Going to a movie
  9. Jogging or walking
  10. Listening to music
  11. Reminding yourself you have done a full day’s work
  12. Recalling past parties
  13. Buying household gadgets
  14. Playing a team sport
  15. Planning a career change
  16. Laughing
  17. Thinking about past trips
  18. Listening to others
  19. Reading magazines or newspapers
  20. Hobbies, such as stamp collecting or model building
  21. Spending an evening with good friends
  22. Planning a day’s activities
  23. Meeting new people
  24. Remembering beautiful scenery
  25. Saving money
  26. Playing cards and board games
  27. Going to the gym, doing aerobics
  28. Eating
  29. Thinking how it will be when you finish school or uni
  30. Getting out of debt or paying off your debts
  31. Practising karate, judo, yoga
  32. Thinking about retirement
  33. Repairing things around the house
  34. Working on your car or bicycle
  35. Remembering the words and deeds of loving people
  36. Wearing sexy clothes
  37. Having quiet evenings
  38. Gardening or taking care of your plants
  39. Buying or selling stocks and shares
  40. Going swimming
  41. Doodling
  42. Exercising moderately
  43. Collecting old things
  44. Going to a party
  45. Thinking about buying things
  46. Playing golf
  47. Playing soccer
  48. Flying a kite
  49. Having discussions with friends
  50. Having family get-togethers
  51. Riding a motorbike
  52. Playing squash
  53. Going camping
  54. Singing around the house
  55. Arranging flowers
  56. Going to church, praying (practising or thinking about your religion)
  57. Going to the beach
  58. Thinking ‘I’m an OK person’
  59. Having a day with nothing to do
  60. Having a class reunion
  61. Going ice skating or roller skating/blading
  62. Going sailing
  63. Travelling abroad, interstate or intrastate
  64. Sketching or painting
  65. Doing something spontaneously
  66. Doing embroidery or cross stitching
  67. Driving
  68. Entertaining
  69. Joining clubs (gardening, sewing)
  70. Thinking about getting married
  71. Going birdwatching
  72. Singing with groups
  73. Playing musical instruments
  74. Doing arts and crafts
  75. Making a gift for someone
  76. Buying CDs, old tapes and records or downloading music online
  77. Watching boxing or wrestling
  78. Planning parties
  79. Cooking or baking
  80. Going hiking or bush walking
  81. Writing a book (poems, articles)
  82. Sewing
  83. Buying clothes
  84. Working
  85. Going out to dinner
  86. Discussing books
  87. Sightseeing
  88. Going to the beauty salon
  89. Having as early morning coffee and reading the newspaper
  90. Playing tennis
  91. Watching your children play
  92. Going to plays and concerts
  93. Daydreaming
  94. Planning to go to school
  95. Thinking about sex
  96. Going for a drive
  97. Listening to music
  98. Refurbishing furniture
  99. Watching TV or DVDs
  100. Make lists of tasks
  101. Bike riding
  102. Walking along the riverfront or beach
  103. Buying gifts
  104. Travelling to national parks
  105. Completing a task
  106. Thinking about your achievements
  107. Going to a footy match – or rugby, soccer or basketball
  108. Exchanging emails or chatting online
  109. Photography
  110. Fishing
  111. Thinking about pleasant events
  112. Star gazing
  113. Flying a plane
  114. Reading
  115. Acting
  116. Being alone
  117. Writing diary/journal entries or letters
  118. Taking children places
  119. Dancing
  120. Going on a picnic
  121. Thinking ‘I did that pretty well’ after doing something
  122. Meditating
  123. Playing volleyball
  124. Having lunch with a friend
  125. Going to the hills
  126. Remembering happy moments in your childhood
  127. Playing cards
  128. Solving riddles mentally
  129. Having a political discussion
  130. Playing cricket
  131. Seeing and/or showing photos
  132. Knitting, crocheting, quilting
  133. Doing crossword puzzles or sudoku
  134. Shooting pool or playing billiards
  135. Dressing up and looking nice
  136. Reflecting on how you’ve improved
  137. Buying things for yourself
  138. Talking on the phone
  139. Going to museums or art galleries
  140. Surfing the internet
  141. Lighting candles
  142. Listening to the radio
  143. Going crabbing
  144. Having coffee at a cafe
  145. Getting or giving a massage
  146. Saying ‘I love you’
  147. Thinking about your good qualities
  148. Buying books
  149. Taking a sauna or a steam bath
  150. Going skiing
  151. Going canoeing or white-water rafting
  152. Going bowling
  153. Doing woodworking
  154. Fantasising about the future
  155. Doing ballet, jazz or tap dancing
  156. Debating
  157. Playing computer games
  158. Having an aquarium
  159. Horseback riding
  160. Rock climbing
  161. Thinking about becoming active in the community
  162. Doing something new
  163. Completing jigsaw puzzles
  164. Thinking ‘I’m a person who can cope’
  165. Playing with your pets
  166. Having a barbecue
  167. Rearranging the furniture in your house
  168. Buying new furniture
  169. Window shopping
  170. Thinking ‘I have a lot more going for me than most people’

Where to get help

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI)

See your doctor

Visit healthdirect (external site) or call 1800 022 222

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)

  • Metro callers: 1300 55 788
  • Peel: 1800 676 822


  • Rural and remote areas 1800 552 002

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