Regardless of whether you're having a crappy day or your day is going pretty good, these five things will either turn things around, or make a good day even better.

#5 - Finding Money

Whether it's a few coins in between couch cushions that fell out of your pocket while you were taking a nap or watching TV, a dollar bill you find in the pocket of your pants before throwing them in the wash, or an extra dime the person who used the vending machine before you didn't grab, stumbling across money you didn't plan on having will always be a bright spot in any day.

Of course the first thing that comes to mind isn't putting it away for a rainy day or adding it to the change jar you keep on the night stand, it's what you're going to do with it now that you have it! Lunch? A cup of coffee on the way to work? A snack from the aforementioned vending machine? The possibilities are only limited by the amount you found. Find a twenty in your pants pocket? It's like you won the lottery!


#4 - Finding a Curly Fry in Your regular Fries

On one hand, it feels like stealing. On the other hand, it feels like you're sticking it to the man for charging you eight bucks for a hamburger, fries, and a drink.


#3 - The Office Coffee Pot is Full when You Go for a Refill


Office coffee sucks, but it's free (at least here it is), so what are you going to do. It never fails that at least once a day when I go to the break room for either my first cup of the day or my third, some inconsiderate hack came through, filled their cup, and put the pot back with a drizzle of coffee left in it. A complete lack of respect for your fellow coffee drinkers if you ask me.

But every once in a while a person with common decency will take the extra two minutes to make another pot for the rest of us caffeine-slaves. Lifting a coffee pot that has some heft to it and knowing that all I need to do is fill my cup and move on with my day is like riding a unicorn over a double-rainbow (which I assume is pretty euphoric).


#2 - Your iPod Plays All Good Songs

I have north of 4,000 songs on my iPod and not all of them are great. Some of them are terrible actually. You know the one's I'm talking about, the last track on an album that clocks in at 14 minutes and deviates from the rest of the album's formula because the artist wanted to "branch out", or the one minute fluff tracks that bridge the gap from one song to the next with some kind of sound effect or dialogue. And while there are times when I will sit and listen to an entire album from start to finish, more times than not, I hit "Shuffle" and let it roll.

Every once in a while when I hit the "Play" button, my iPod will kick into a song that I know all the words to, the type of song you just want to blow the speakers with, a flat-out jam. It follows that with another jam, then another, and another. Song after song that I can sing along with or rock out to. Almost like it's reading my thoughts (and don't think they're not trying to figure out a way to make that happen).


#1 - Grabbing a "quiet" cart at the store

As I've stated in a past blog, I love going to the grocery store. If there's one thing that can make a trip to the store even more awesome, it's getting a cart that doesn't have a squeaky wheel or two (or four for that matter). The ability to stroll up and down the aisles without the whole store knowing exactly where you are, or having a wheel with that bulge in it that causes the cart to bounce with every rotation is just as good, if not better than finding that your favorite brand of chips are on sale that week.