22 Things To Help Remind You That The World Isn’t (Always) A Dumpster Fire

22 Things To Help Remind You That The World Isn’t (Always) A Dumpster Fire

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A set of encouragement cards because they’re the perfect reminder that you may be having a trash day right now, but there’s always a reason to smile.


Promising review: “I purchased this deck and offered everyone in my department the opportunity to choose one and keep it in their cubicle. This was a great tool for positive reinforcement in the workplace. The cards are bright, colorful, and of high quality. You can even write a personal message on the back if you want. This is a great idea to share a positive outlook.” —Maureen

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $9.95 (available in five variety packs).


A five-year one line a day journal so you can reflect on the good, the bad, the funny, and the wild in one memorable place. Sometimes, you may only recall the bad times, but this journal will remind you that you’ve seriously crushed your goals and had so many happy moments!


Promising review: “This is a FANTASTIC journal centered on a FANTASTIC concept! I’m a hardcore journaler, keeping a detailed daily diary for many years now. And this journal fits right in. If I don’t get to my primary journal for a day or two, this book reminds me of what I did on what day, etc. It’s just a great little log. It’s also great fun! I just finished my first volume of this book, and it was SO FUN to see what happened on each day from the previous years. Of course, it takes a few years for that aspect of fun to come into play, but if you’re diligent and thorough, that payoff will eventually come to fruition.” —Sarah L. Carnes

Get it from Amazon for $11.27.


And a set of kitty cat pens you’ll reach for every time you write in your new journal because they’ll make even the most daunting tasks — like sticking to a writing routine — feel ~ah-dorbs~.


Promising review: “I am picky with pens. I like it when they have that thick, smooth feel to them. These are the complete opposite of what I tend to like. They have that scratchy feel to them, but they still somehow write so smoothly. I have never written with a quill, but for some reason, I feel like I am with these pens. The ink flow and deposit are great! The pens are sooooo cute with the little cats. I love them!” —Sara

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $5.99.


A pack of paper airplane-inspired pushpins to liven up all your boring office products and liven up your mood on gloomy, boring days.


Promising review:These airplane pushpins are a really nice touch. Both of my kids look forward to when I hang up their pictures by my toolbox in the garage. These pushpins are very sturdy and have not failed yet. These give you the ability to hang stuff bigger than a paper plate without it falling down or not having enough strength.” —QATesterDan

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.08.


A T-shirt with a v important message to remember every time you’re tempted to flip off rude, annoying people during your commute.


Promising review: “The material is soft and light, which is what I expect from my everyday T-shirts. The yellow is a beautiful canary color! I am picky about my shades of yellow because it is my favorite color. This shirt is one of my favorites and I love wearing it. The message is simple but powerful…’BE KIND!’ I love wearing this message on my favorite color shirt.” —KEEPitREAL

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in seven colors and styles).


Or! A llama T-shirt to remind you that you are a drama-free zone so no matter how juicy your classroom gossip may sound, you don’t need to add fuel to the fire.

1PoshShop / Etsy

Get it from 1PoshShop on Etsy for $16.80+ (available in adult sizes S–3XL and youth sizes XS–L and in four color combinations).


A set of cute critter chip clips that’ll at least put a small smile on your face even when you’re angry because your parents (for the millionth time) refused to let you have a puppy.


Promising review:These animal-shaped bag clips are very cute — they put a smile on my face when I’m putting away leftovers — and they seem sturdy. My child is able to fasten bags closed after serving food with these, while the twist ties I usually use were too difficult, so they’re convenient and helping us prevent food waste. Like other plastic clips I’ve had in the past, I don’t expect them to last forever, but after we’ve been using them a few weeks (and have dropped them a few times), I can say they are well-made with quality materials.” —confettikitty

Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99 (available in four designs).


An instructional drawing book because it’ll help you awaken your inner artist and teach you how to draw anything from adorable animals to delightful little objects all while you cool off from a much-too-long day.


Promising review: “I think this book is soo cute. I used to doodle and now I practice drawing adorable things while satisfying my need to doodle. I do wish a few more cute faces were included in the book.” —Amaz-on

Get it from Amazon for $10.47.


A book about girls who travel to take you on a little humorous, light-hearted escape from any daily frustrations.


This book was the pick-me-up I really needed. I was gearing up for my first trip of the new year and was super antsy waiting for the blissful day of departure to arrive and really just needed a fun story about people traveling, so this book caught my eye. It’s a light, easy read you can probably finish in a day or two but it was really entertaining and really hyped me up for my own trip. I think it’s a great read if you’ve been longing for a getaway and don’t mind living vicariously through two college girls’ travel drama.

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $7.81.


A set of friendly feline phone-holders that’ll always look like they’re laughing off little mishaps with you, never at you.


Promising review: “I love these. I got ’em for my girlfriend to put on her phone, but we ended up bringing the cats that look like ours to bars. They stick on glasses as an identifier. Everyone LOVES them. We Instagram their outings constantly. The spares are stuck on my fridge, or art prints in my house, but if I know anyone who has a cat like one of the spares, I give it to them. This is literally the best money I’ve ever spent.” —MLP

Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99.


Or a set of cat-tastic tarot cards because the furry friend-inspired illustrations will have you literally laughing in between readings.


Promising review: “I am returning to tarot and I’ve not had a deck in a decade. This deck really resonates with me — I’ve used it twice so far and I feel it was very accurate both times. I love the watercolor artwork and all the cats are beautiful. Admittedly, I decided on this deck because of the gray tabby on the cover with a card in her mouth because this tabby reminds me so much of my beloved cat.” —Amazon Customer

Get a deck of 78 cards from Amazon for $15.05.


A doggone hilarious car window decal that’ll make other drivers laugh hysterically instead of angrily honking at you for cutting them off.


Promising review:This sticker has made me and so many others smile. It was easy to apply, seems durable, and looks so realistic that it still startles me sometimes. Plus, it makes your car easier to find in the parking lot! Add some fun to your ride — I love it!” —btriplett

Get it from Amazon for $12.34.

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Promising review:This is cute and soft. One thing I really like about it is that it can change colors automatically. Also, it can be charged like a phone, which means that it does not need to be plugged in when you use it and you can move it anywhere you want.” —Stormy_anita

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (also available with a remote control for $19.99).


A mug that 100% just gets you because honestly, the day gets so wild sometimes that day and night seem to blend together, and who even cares as long as you get your coffee and get through it.

BlueSparrowsDesignCo / Etsy

The mug is microwave and dishwasher safe so you can make mug cakes to your heart’s content and have an easy cleanup afterward!

Get it from BlueSparrowsDesignCo on Etsy for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).


A stick-on wall decal to remind you that you have the potential to carpe the hell outta this diem — even if you stayed up till 5 a.m. finishing your English paper.


Promising review:I’m not the biggest fan of quote decals but since I have a teenage daughter, I wanted something to inspire both of us as we go groggy into our bathroom. This is on our bathroom mirror and has survived all the moisture from showers with no problem. And, it wasn’t hard to put up at all.” —BoltSkinz

Get it from Amazon for $1.99.


A dino-mite necklace with a sweet reminder on the packaging that’ll make your bad mood completely go extinct.


Promising review: “It’s a long-running joke in our family that my sister-in-law has short arms and we (lovingly) call her T-Rex. This necklace was an absolutely perfect gift for her! The words on the package made her tear up! She wears it all the time!” —NiCole

Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in three finishes).


A set of stress balls with little reminders to stay positive when you’re having a tough time studying or while at work.


Promising review: “I bought a few packs of these to hand out to my team at the office. Everyone needs a chance to de-stress and while they’re a little silly, these motivational messages actually help a lot of people. You may be feeling down, but when your stress ball has, ‘I can. I will.’ written on it, it can boost your self-confidence a little. Great product.” —Bearzy

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).


Or a cuff bracelet with a hidden message you can take a peek at any time you’re tempted to say that life isn’t fair. Instead of saying, “Why me?” say, “Try me.” 💪🏽


Promising review: “Ten thousand steps during the weekdays, 25k steps on hike days, 5k steps on a lazy Sunday. New Year’s Resolution much? Yeah, that’s me and I wanted an inspiring reminder that resonates with a realistic tone. This bracelet is actually simple yet refined enough to upgrade my whole wrist without going overboard. The message also resonates well with me for any difficult circumstances I may have or will cross during this lifetime. If you are anything like me, this may be the thing for you.” —MileHigh_MK

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 43 different quotes).


A pack of lil’ animal squishies because they’ll make you laugh so hard that you’ll forget all about the traffic jam that made you late to your first period exam.


Promising review: “These are SO CUTE! They are super soft and squishy. They have a decent scent. They don’t leave residue on anything when you’re playing with them. They are fun to play with and they help release stress and anxiety.” —Yesenia Cuevas

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in packs of 14 and 16).


A yodeling pickle you’ll actually get a kick out of and miiiight be tempted to keep in your desk drawer for a pick-me-up when you need something to prepare you for the 8 a.m. meeting you just got dragged into.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $13.


Or! A little screaming goat figurine that’ll prove once and for all that laughter really is contagious when it makes you and everyone around you double over in hysterics.


Promising review: “I spend about 90% of my day silently screaming at the computer because, well, welcome to customer service. Since this little goat arrived, I no longer look like I am practicing for my appearance on Jerry Springer. I just push the little goat. He screams (but not in a disruptive way). I smile. I am no longer annoyed. I survived peak season because of this goat. I owe my sanity to you, screaming goat.” —Gab&Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $8.20.


And, an adorable smiling piggy sticker that’ll warm your insides immediately upon seeing it. Keep it on your laptop for those moments when you’ve had it with your professors’ condescending email responses.

CozyBurrowStudio / Etsy

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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