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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Give Someone A Hug

When you stimulate the pressure receptors in the skin, you lower stress hormones. Touching 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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Complaining is characterised by whining about the same issues while blaming external factors for your emotions. It tends to be chronic.
  • Venting is a momentary release of emotion and frustration. After blowing off some steam, you can continue with your day in a relatively normal manner.

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Dancing benefits
  • Studies have found that dancing can improve balance, gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance.
  • Dancing may help people with Parkinson’s disease, which is characterized by rigid muscles, slowed movement, and impaired balance.
  • Dancing has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being.
  • Dancing is good for heart health and weight control.

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Look Around

Great ideas can’t always be forced, but you can’t just wait for the right mood to write. Take advantage of the world around you for inspiration.

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. There’s inspiration everywhere—you just have to be paying attention.

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