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How to Get Back Into a Good Mood | Scott H Young
Ever feel lousy, bored or even downright depressed? We all have our moments, but how do you take a bad turn into a negative emotional state and flip it around? I believe that the overall amount of happiness you experience in your life isn't based upon how much pain you are dealt but how you recover from it.

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Boost Your Energy

Bad moods happen 50% of the time simply because of a lack of energy. When you have lots of energy your mind moves faster, you get more done and you feel happier.

The next time y...

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How to boost your energy

  • Physical Exercise – Doing some light exercise creates a huge boost in your physical energy.
  • Think Faster – Games, brainstorming or other thinking e...

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Get New Input

You may notice that often when you are in a bad mood you don’t do very much. Depressed people often perpetuate their mood by remaining in the same environment.

Going to see frie...

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Gratitude

Feeling grateful is an easy way to get out of a bad state. 

Just ask yourself what you are thankful for. If there are any parts of your life that have improved? Simply visualizing the...

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Self-control

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Restrict yourself

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Re-conceptualize the problem

Instead of thinking of a cut-and-dry end goal to certain situations, creative people sit back and examine the problem in different ways before beginning to work.

If you find yourself stagnating by focusing on generic problems, try to re-conceptualize the problem by focusing on a more meaningful angle.

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