When I was a new business professional, with a freshly-minted PhD, I used to travel internationally frequently for business and to make presentations at academic conferences. At times, I was away from my home and family for several weeks a month, which always caused sadness and loneliness. True, there were perks and cool aspects about traveling and seeing new places, but, usually the fleeting moments of happiness left me in various stages of depression. Moreover, I disliked my job.

One day, while wallowing in one of these depressing-funks awaiting a flight to Mexico City for a human rights conference, I picked up book from the airport book store which ended up being one of the best investments of $6.99 I’ve ever made. The book was Og Mandino‘s The Greatest Salesman in the World. Aside from being a global bestseller, I found the book to be a wonderful self-help book with a treasure-trove of helpful counsel and advice meant just for me (or at least it seemed). To give you an idea of how highly I regard Mr. Mandino’s book, there are three things I always insist on taking with me in my carry-one bag when flying: (1) My laptop, (2) Melaleuca sanitation wipes, and (3) Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World. I read it every time I fly.

One of the best pieces of advice from Og Mandino gives in his book is to buy a new outfit if you’re feeling a little blue. It’s an easy way to have a quick pick-me-up and to “freshen” up the day. Additionally, it builds up your self confidence. Although, the advice seems quite rudimentary and elementary, it’s actually pretty amazing what a new outfit can do to help boost your happiness quotient.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the big differences in life. I think we all need to treat ourselves a little bit better. For goodness sake, we live with ourselves 24 hours a day! We might as well be good to our selves.

In conclusion, as we all pursue this challenging journey called life, please remember to be kind to others and be kind to yourself. And if you’re feeling blue, go out and buy a new outfit. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel.