7 Places That Will Boost Your Confidence

Oh, I've got Plan B for you, alright.

You know what I’m thankful for? Unexpected confidence boosters. Not that I’m lacking confidence. All things considered, I think I’m doing just fine. Still, I have five kids. And that means I spend way more energy on others than I do on myself. And, accordingly, I can sometimes feel…I dunno…rundown. Old. Unhip. Uncool. Worn down.

But then, outta nowhere, through the course of my normal life, I’ll stumble upon a place that makes me realize that I’m none of those things. You know, comparatively speaking. Which makes me feel awfully good.

As such, I thought maybe you could use one of these unexpected confidence boosters. If so, here’s a few places you may wanna keep in mind.

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  • Walk-in clinic 1 of 7
    Walk-in clinic
    Trust me on this one folks. It's the very place that prompted the idea behind this post. Because the other day, I was sick, sick, sick, yet I couldn't get in to see my doctor, so I had to visit a walk-in clinic. And I gotta tell you, I left there feeling just wonderful about myself. I mean, who knew I was so comparatively good looking and able bodied? I was like George Clooney up in there.
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  • Department of Motor Vehicles 2 of 7
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    That's right. A confidence boost is just three letters away. DMV, baby! You know, the level-laden bureaucratic entity where all those people who hate their jobs pretend like they're helping you? The ones whose work ethic is so bad that you wind up spending half your day there? You might have come for a driver's license, but I can promise you this: you'll be leaving some unexpected validation.
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  • The post office 3 of 7
    The post office
    Sure, nothing's more miserable than standing in some long-ass line at the post office. Especially with the holiday rush which will soon be upon us. And sure, there's a reason why the expression "going postal" is a legitimate one. But while you're picking up the stamps, if you look all around, you'll find it impossible to not walk out of there with an implied stamp of approval as well.
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  • The mall 4 of 7
    The mall
    Downside: Few things repulse me like the food court at the mall. Upside: Few things make me feel better about my (sometimes-good, sometimes-not) diet than the mall. And all those people consuming thousands and thousands of artery-clogging calories at once.
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  • Walmart 5 of 7
    Walmart
    Walk into any Walmart Superstore and examine the patrons therein and I promise you one thing: you're walkin' out a winner. I don't care what you got going on. What's even better? Many such stores are open 24 hours a day which means no matter what time it is, you're always able to swing by and pick up a box of esteem. Here's the kicker, though. You don't even have to actually GO to Walmart to feel better about yourself. Nope. All you have to do is visit the website People of Walmart where I found this fine photo.
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  • The state fair 6 of 7
    The state fair
    What's not to like about a place where 14-year old girls with Camel Lights dangling from their mouths while wearing shirts that say "nice rack" on the front of them? I recently took my family to the state fair and by the time we left, I totally figured out why they call it that. Because all things considered? The hand I was dealt is more than fair.
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  • The Comcast office 7 of 7
    The Comcast office
    I guess they're called Comcase/Xfinity now. Or maybe even just Xfinity. Doesn't matter what the name is, though, because it's still the same horrible brand of service. It's almost like they're trying to offend you. Things got so bad for me recently with this one particular issue that I actually had to go to their offices to straighten things out. And while there, I learned that I wasn't the only disgruntled customer. Nope. The amount of anger in that room alone made me realize that, all things considered, I've got a pretty serene situation going on.And that some people are WAY more dependent on their cable TV than I am.
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So what did I miss? What places do you know of that instantaneously boost your confidence?

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