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9 Simple Tips to Keep Your Mood Up (Even When Everything Goes Wrong)

Get A Furry Friend

Owning and caring for a pet will boost your mood and give you a good feeling and happiness.

If you can't own a pet, volunteer at your local shelter to get a dose of puppy love.

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9 Simple Tips to Keep Your Mood Up (Even When Everything Goes Wrong)

9 Simple Tips to Keep Your Mood Up (Even When Everything Goes Wrong)

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Set Happiness Goals

You control your happiness the same way you control your health, and If you can set goals for your health, you can do it for happiness.

Pursuing intrinsic goals, like learning a new language or taking care of your body, provides a sense of purpose and a feeling of control over your life, making you happier because you want to become better.

Make Your Bedroom A Haven

Sleep and happiness go hand in hand. Try to make your bedroom conducive to good sleep as much as possible.

Soundproof it and cut light as best as you can; that includes keeping away any gadget that will tempt you to surf the web.

Drink Tea

Theanine, which is present in green and black tea, reduces anxiety and will calm your nerves and make you happy.

So whenever you're feeling stressed because things aren't going your way, grab yourself a nice cup of tea to calm your nerves.

Play With Dirt

Outdoor play, gardening, or any activity that might bring contact with soil, trees, and plant life will increase the opportunity for exposure to microbial diversity.

If the activity is conducted in natural environments, it increases the likelihood that the individual will inhale natural phytoncides (aromatic chemicals secreted from trees and ornamental plants) that are associated with human stress reduction and immune system benefits. 

Dance

When you move your body, the level of serotonin increases -- serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is proven to help your brain to release endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals.

You don't need dancing classes; just turn on the music and shake your body.

Get A Furry Friend

Owning and caring for a pet will boost your mood and give you a good feeling and happiness.

If you can't own a pet, volunteer at your local shelter to get a dose of puppy love.

Read Adventurous Stories

Reading will give your brain a work-out just like walking gives your body a work-out. 

Adventure stories also take you on the characters' adventures and give you an outlet for emotions found in the real world.

Listen to Sad Songs

Listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation. 


Buy Happiness

Invest in things that give you good memories. Buy things like games you can play with friends or family when they come to visit.

Plan a long vacation, and take lots of pictures as forever memories. When you get stressed, just look at the pictures and you'll get a good mood boost.

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Count your blessings

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Remind yourself how great you are

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What a smile can accomplish
What a smile can accomplish
  • Smiling can make you look younger and thinner.
  • Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being.
  • One smile can generate the same level of brain sti...
The Shadow of Your Smile
  • Trying to avoid negative emotions just to appear youthful or thin or even eternally positive can eventually have a psychological cost.
  • Other people can detect a fake smile. Try to make your smile real for yourself.
  • A smirky smile when you’ve beaten others in a contest will not help you win friends and influence people.
  • Some smiles are associated with discomfort or uncertainty about what to do in a difficult situation. “grin and bear it”
  • In some parts of the world, smiling can be judged as suspicious, shallow, naive, or a sign of dishonesty.
  • Smiling can come across as submissive in certain situations. 
Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts
Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

Listen to your thoughts — but don’t necessarily believe them

They're suggestions, possibilities. But they’re not gospel. You can’t control what thoughts pop up, but you can deci...

Identifying Unhelpful Thoughts
  • Black and White ThinkingThere are heaping piles of nuance to most things.
  • Unrealistic Expectations: Cynicism is bad, but a little skepticism is essential. 
  • Selective Attention: If your brain is always looking for the negative, you’re gonna find it. 
  • Disqualifying the Positive: Sometimes we go into problem-solving mode and focus only on what is broken. 
  • Predicting the Future: “This will never work” or “They’re going to think I’m stupid.” You don’t know the future. So don’t act like it.
  • “Should” thoughts: It’s usually just an insistence that the world bends to your will and is a great way to amplify frustration.
Do More Stuff

Doing little positive things is better for happiness than occasionally bagging an elephant:

  • Enjoyable stuff
  • Achievement stuff: Defeat your goals in single combat and feel like a conquering hero
  • Meaningful stuff: Do volunteer work or just help someone
  • Physical stuff: Exercise. Not only keeps you alive, but it’s like miracle grow for your brain
  • Social stuff. 

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