Ways To Boost Your Mood Quickly
When you are in the midst of your daily routine; to-do lists, work deadlines, cooking, cleaning, children’s activities and the like you are probably not thinking about what you could do to feel happier.
There seems to be no time for that, and your mind is probably occupied with important pressing, matters.
Stop to think about it, few things are more important than happiness.
If you are living day to day simply by going through the motions, you are missing out on living, aka missing out on life. But, it is relatively easy to feel happier.
It is a choice vmost everyone can make, and you can work toward it just like you would any other goal.
Step 1 make the choice, then try some of the simple happiness-boosting tips below, as follows:
1. Get Up On Purpose & Get Moving
Excessive sitting and lack of exercise increase depression symptoms while increased physical activity may alleviate such symptoms and possibly even prevent future symptoms.
On the other hand, anandamide (AEA), a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss compound,” increases during and following exercise and may be partly responsible for why exercise makes you happy.
2. Go Outdoors
Exposure to bright outdoor light is key for a positive mood, in part because regular exposure to sunlight helps to enhance your mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
Getting Sun exposure outdoors will also help you optimize your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as chronic depression.
One study found that it takes just 20 mins outdoors to make most people happier, while other research showed that happiness is maximized when it’s 57 F out, I like it warmer.
If you cannot get outdoors, open the drapes and shades and let the Sunshine in. A brighter living or work area helps to boost mood.
3. Reach Out to Others
Call a friend or even send a friendly e-Mail. This will help you build a closer bond with others in the long run, and strong social ties are key for well being.
One study even found that relationships are worth more than $100,000 in terms of life satisfaction, while actual changes in income buy very little happiness. Even better, give or get a hug.
Hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Hugging also activates the orbitofrontal cortex in your brain, which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion.
4. Complete a Task You May Have Been Avoiding
Often, the build-up to doing the aversive task is worse than actually doing it. And once you have crossed it off your To-Do list, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and relief.
5. Organize & De-clutter
A cluttered, disorganized environment can lead to inner discord. Set your timer for 10 mins and tackle 1 spot that you wish was clear of clutter; like your desk.
6. Do a Good Deed
Helping others and doing good deeds provide a natural mood boost. Even a quick good deed, like letting someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store, is beneficial, but if you have more time volunteering is also great for your mood.
Volunteering can lower your risk of depression and anxiety, and even boost your psychological well-being.11 Not only does it keep you active and on your feet, but there’s a definite social aspect as well, both of which contribute to happiness.
Volunteering to help others also gives you a sense of purpose and can even lead to a so-called “helper’s high,” which may occur because doing good releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin in your body while lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
7. Donate Something
Along the lines of doing a good deed, sign up to be an organ donor, donate blood or, alternatively, donate your time or skills where they’re needed most.
Putting on a fake smile can worsen your mood, but thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier. A genuine smile includes the facial muscles around your eyes, and can actually prompt brain changes linked to increased mood.
When you smile at others, they are also more likely to smile back in return, creating an ongoing feedback loop that may lead to more positivity in your life. This really works
9. Learn Something New
Is there a topic you wish you knew more about? Pick something that intrigues you or something you’re passionate about, and not something you have to learn. Spend 15 mins reading up on your new found passion.
10. Have a Cup of Organic Black Coffee
Research has shown that coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which activates your brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, thereby improving your brain health.
Interestingly enough, research also suggests that low BDNF levels may play a significant role in depression and that increasing neurogenesis has an antidepressant effect.
11. Eat Real Food
What you eat or do not eat can have a significant impact on your mood. While excess sugar has been linked to depression, certain foods are linked to positive emotions. Organic fruits and vegetables are really good and good for you.
All of the above will lead up to a happier day for you and those around you.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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