READ - read a book. It can be fiction, fantasy, biography, history, cookbooks, books of frugal living, gardening, ANYTHING
Books can take you to another place and time. There is much to learn and lots of laughs and tears to be had.
Think about starting a neighborhood library. This is becoming a big thing. I don't believe it would work in my area, I think it might be vandalized - but many are doing this.
Any type of structure could be put together - just so it has a door to keep out weather. Take a book, leave a book and share. I think this would be a fun neighborhood project.
OLD MOVIES & TV - if you already have cable, consider watching some of the old classic movies and TV shows. They were all pretty darn wholesome, not like the stuff on TV today. Most cable packages have at least one channel that provides the older things.
SEW/CRAFT - so much can be made and created. Think about making a simple quilt/patch work with old clothes and fabrics. Make pillows, placemats, other clothes, Christmas gifts/ornaments, etc. Needlecraft is fun - crochet, knit, embroidery, etc. You can often find supplies at yard sales and thrift stores so you don't have to spend a fortune.
YOU TUBE - Oh my there is so much to learn. You can watch movies and shows and you can learn HOW TO do just about anything in the world, Mechanics, canning, gardening, off-grid living, thrifting, dumpster diving, sewing, plumbing, carpentry - ANYTHING
GARDEN - it doesn't have to cost a lot (actually can get seeds for pennies), nor do you have to have a big yard. Gardening can be done on a large scale or small. Pots on your patio, old wash tubs, totes, reusable grocery bags (filled with dirt), turn feed bags into plant bags, even just bags of dirt - cut open and seeds inserted! You can plant a few veggies in amongst flowers and bushes (veggies are pretty plants). Find others who enjoy gardening and share your bounties. It is fun, fresh air, provides healthy food, and great exercise.
COMPOST - old trash can with air holes drilled in it can be used. Dump all refuse (except meat and dairy), add leaves, grass clippings, etc. Make your own wonderful rich dirt. You can use old pallets and make a compost box as well. So many options.
Learn to make a homemade water barrel and recycle water as well to help grow things.
WALK - take a walk around the neighborhood and get to know neighbors. Walk through parks, the woods or fields. Go to your local garden center or greenhouse or floral conservatory and enjoy the smells and sights.
Walk around and help clean the neighborhood of any debris. Glean from unused trees and bushes.
Walk through thrift shops and flea markets to get ideas for your own stuff.
NOTE: resist buying!!!!!
VISIT - friends and family. Visit your local animal shelter. Visit shut-ins.
ORGANIZE a neighborhood sale. This not only benefits you but your neighbors as well. Everyone gets rid of stuff, makes a little money, enjoys the outdoors and socialize with others.
HAVE a picnic. It can be in the yard for you and your family, at a park for maybe more people, even a neighborhood picnic. Heck, you can even have a picnic in the house on a rainy/snowy day.
PORCH SIT - watch the world go by, watch nature, read a book, just relax! Fresh air, relaxing and sunshine.
RECYCLE - learn more about recycling and reusing things. Work on having a zero impact on environment - harder than it sounds!!!!
Have fun and do it quite cheaply. NO reason not to. We all need to try new things and experience new things and make our lives a little fuller.
A fuller life and new experiences can actually improve our attitudes and moods.
My plan is to expand myself - I need NEW joy! How about you?