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4 things you can do to cheer up, according to neuroscience

Label Those Culprits

If there is a negative emotion, like anger, sadness, or stress, keeping it vague makes it affect everything around you.

If you name or label the emotion and use a symbolic metaphor to describe it, then its negative effect is diluted.

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4 things you can do to cheer up, according to neuroscience

4 things you can do to cheer up, according to neuroscience

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Get Back to Being Happy

Our brain is tricky, and there are subtle ways to get it to be less depressed or anxious. If we are constantly feeling guilty, shameful or even worry a lot, the brain wants to continue that activity due to it providing a source of gratification to it.

Just as negative thinking keeps the brain in an inactive and dull state, positive thinking, or gratitude has the effect of boosting serotonin, that is beneficial for your health and mood.

Decide and Take Action

If you are constantly worried and anxious while making no decision on your problem, you will remain in a state of turmoil internally.

Taking a decision, even if it is not a perfect one, will provide closure to your mind and you will feel less stressed.

The Power of Touch

  • Hugging someone with feeling and affection releases the chemical oxytocin in the body, which helps in uplifting your mood.
  • Touching and even holding hands is shown to improve the positive feelings in humans.

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