5 Easy Tips to Boost Your Mood
It is my belief that the key to living a long, happy life is the amount of emphasis that you place on the “happy” part. If you have a tendency of being a positive, optimistic person you will be more likely to enjoy the life that you live.
Of course, that is easier said than done. Sometimes you just don’t feel like being happy. While it is normal to feel sad or angry, being constantly sad or constantly angry can mess with your head.
So let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to boost your mood when you are having a bad day
1. Clear Your Desk and Make Your Bed
This is a great way to physically wipe the slate clean. Did you just get some bad news at work? Clean your desk of its clutter and start new. It is a great physical image and action. Also, you will probably find some things that you were looking for.
The same goes with your bed. At the end of the day, when you walk into your room and see nice, clean sheets, it feels good. There is a sense of calm in a room with a clean, made-up bed. It also helps you transition into having a good night’s sleep.
I’m serious. Turn some music on and do a little dance to your favorite song. You will feel silly, but the movement of dancing and the sound of the music will elevate your mood. It’s like a natural anti-depressant.
Meditation is a great stress reliever. It will also help you reflect on your day and help you see perspective. That (in turn) will help you be more grateful about what you have in your life. Gratitude is one of the keys to living a happy life.
4. Do Something Nice for Someone
One of the things that always makes me feel better is to do a good deed. It can be anything from making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the homeless man that you see on your way to work, volunteering your time at a humane society, or saying thank you to a coworker who merits it (and doesn’t see the recognition that he or she deserves). Good deeds do wonders for your self-esteem and outlook.
5. Spend Some Time With Your Pets
Spending quality time with your pet (whether it is a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, or even your aquarium) is a natural mood elevator. The act of petting an animal helps relieve stress. Even listening to the water filter of an aquarium while you watch your fish elegantly swim around will help elevate your mood and bring some peace to your day.
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