Visit a town close by that you've never been to before. Go there as if you've just landed in a foreign country and see the place with fresh eyes. Find out what there is to do, to see, where the best place to eat is, or what the history of the town or city is.

Walk down the main street and look at the windows of the stores. Is this place like the neighborhood in which you live? What's the feel of the terrain? Friendly and inviting, or cold and unwelcoming? Could you imagine yourself living here? Is it the kind of place you'd like to return to, or is one visit enough?

Alan Epstein in How to Be Happier Day by Day