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Action has the power to improve our low mood

Action has the power to improve our low mood

We normally think our mind makes our body get into action, but the reverse is also true: Action has the power to improve our low mood.

When one is down in the dumps, even simple chores need a lot of effort. The ongoing global crisis has had many activities that one enjoys to be indefinitely cancelled, leading to withdrawal.

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