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7 ways to improve your mood in less than 5 minutes

https://www.businessinsider.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-mood-in-less-than-5-minutes-2015-9

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7 ways to improve your mood in less than 5 minutes
Some days staying positive and upbeat can feel like an uphill battle. Maybe it was a stressful day at work, a fight with a friend, or even just an off day - whatever it is, there are definitely things you can do to improve your mood.

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Listen To Upbeat Music

Listen To Upbeat Music

Listening to upbeat music can actually improve your mood. 

It's important not to overthink, "Am I happy yet?" while listening, and instead just allow yourself to enjoy the experience. 

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Get A Good Laugh

Laughter increases dopamine in our brains, which is a chemical that elevates mood. 

The next time you're in a bad mood, try pulling up some Amy Schumer or an SNL digital short on YouTube.

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Walk Around The Block

Walk Around The Block

Even mild exercise, about 40 percent of your max heart rate, can lift your mood.  Do activities that match your mood instead of trying to force yourself to do something you're just not feeling.

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Declutter

Clutter is a reminder of things that should be getting done, but aren't, and can help fuel feelings of failure.

Just the illusion of order is enough to ease the mind. Put things into neater stacks and piles for an instant boost in mood.

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Give Someone A Hug

Give Someone A Hug

When you stimulate the pressure receptors in the skin, you lower stress hormonesTouching others stimulates oxytocin, which also has positive effects on our mood. 

Rubbing your own forehead, hands, and neck, as self-massage has been shown to decrease heart rate and reduce the stress hormone cortisol in our systems.

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Think About What Went Well

Reflect on three things that are going well or three positive moments in your day, and even replay them in your mind.

Mentally revisiting these moments will help bring back the good mood and feelings they initially created.

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Allow Yourself To Vent

There are actually some advantages to venting about a problem to a friend, and helping with your mood is one of them. 

In many situations, it's better for you to discharge negative emotions than to keep them bottled up inside.

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Develop a plan

Identify what’s making you feel discouraged. Try to be specific. 

And once that is done, make a plan. Write out what you can do to turn around your bad mood.

Associate with winners

The greatest investment for the worrywart is to find a cell of positive-minded, successful people.

Because we tend to think like the people we hang around.

Speak positive words

We tend to believe what we say. And we can have a more positive outlook by noticing the good, anticipating a positive outcome and speaking it out loud.

A few verbal affirmations throughout the day will go a long way toward lifting your spirits.

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Spend time with furry friends

Play fetch with Fido or sneak in a few cuddles with your kitten. 

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Count your blessings

There’s nothing like a little thankfulness to boost your mood. Research shows expressing gratitude can make you happier

Try writing down three things you’re thankful for at the end of each night.

Remind yourself how great you are

 Studies show self-acceptance is crucial to a happier life, but it’s a habit we barely practice.