Come on Get Happy—12 Ways to Boost Your Mood Today
How’s your happiness level been lately? If you’re feeling in a funk, there are plenty of natural options that will help boost your mood.
Get moving. Did you know that increasing your heart rate by as little as 40% can help lift your mood. Exercise triggers the release of feel-good endorphins in the brain, which will help you feel better in as little as seven minutes of activity.
Count your blessings. Start acknowledging what you’re grateful for, that way if life gets a little rough, you always have those things to fall back on. As time goes on, look for more things to be grateful for, even down to the small, seemingly miniscule things like air conditioning in your car or a Saturday with no plans.
Be mindful. Being in tune with yourself—your body, mind, and spirit—will help you better understand what’s darkening your mood, like social media, news reports, or stressful traffic. You will learn what is to be avoided. Being mindful will also help you understand what makes you happy. You can then pursue those things with more focus.
Open the shades. Letting the sunlight in is essential sometimes for a better mood. In fact, one study found that women who increase their sunlight exposure, especially in the morning, reported better moods and more restful sleep at night.
Do a good deed. People who volunteer their time are reportedly happier. Getting involved in your community or performing a random act of kindness will not only help others, it will help get you out of your own funk.
Go outside. What’s more relaxing than immersing yourself in the great outdoors and taking a deep breath of fresh air? Something about connecting with nature boosts moods and eases worries and anxieties.
Call a friend. Friends help you recharge. They also share those special inside jokes that will make you laugh and smile. Friends are essential pick-me-ups that will make you feel ten times better after even the briefest of phone calls.
Do something you love. Between work, responsibilities, and commitments, there isn’t much time left for the things you actually love. Make sure you spend at least a portion of your day doing something you enjoy like reading a book or riding your bike for an improved mood.
Get plenty of the good stuff. Many people are deficient in key nutrients that are essential for boosting your mood. Make sure you’re supplementing with high-quality vitamins and minerals. Certain nutrients, like folate, vitamins B and D, calcium, and magnesium, are essential for maintaining a good mood.
Do something new. Getting hung up in your comfort zone might be putting you in a bad mood. Trying something new, like a different hobby or going to a new event, might just be the key to unlocking happiness you didn’t know existed.
Surround yourself with positive people. Positivity is contagious. If you continually find yourself submerged in negativity, try spending time with chronic optimists. It’s almost impossible to stay down when you have all of those positive vibes floating around.
Prioritize your happiness. Have you ever heard that you’re the only one responsible for your own happiness? Well, it couldn’t be truer. You are the owner and the master of your happiness so prioritizing things that boost your mood is up to you.