11 easy mood boosters for a happier you

How to feel uplifted quickly

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11 Mood Boosters by Fiorenza Rossini

A painful job interview, a dreadful commute, a broken umbrella, an intolerable boss, stepping in dog poop on the way to a date…

Bad days happen.

We can’t get rid of them but we do have easy suggestions for improving your mood regardless and feeling happier.

It’s true: smiling can trick your brain into happiness and boost your health. A smile spurs a powerful chemical reaction in the brain that can make you feel happier, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin.

Give a hug or cuddle
Physical touch can decrease stress and make us feel happier. A hug boosts our oxytocin and serotonin levels.

Hang out with a pet
Cuddling, playing, or just spending time with a pet.

Meditation is a quick, effective way to improve our mood.

Have sex
Feel-good hormones and chemicals that are released during sex (dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin) can boost your mood.

Take a five-minute walk
It’s definitely a strategy to consider if you’re dealing with a stressful day at work.

Listen to music
Know that you don’t necessarily have to dip into your happier playlists. Scientists have found that some people find intense comfort and catharsis in sad music.

Eat some dark chocolate
Research shows that thanks to its high antioxidant content, chocolate has a positive impact on our mood, focus, and memory.

“By journaling as a regular practice, you can develop the ability to channel and direct your otherwise anxious or intrusive thoughts,” says Psychologist Heather Silvestri. In other words, journaling is a very effective strategy if you’re not entirely sure why you’re in a bad mood.

Write down things you’re thankful for
Practicing gratitude has been shown to improve mood and physical well-being.

If you enjoyed these easy mood boosters, why not watch my short videos where I share 5 simple secrets to be stress free?

This article originally appeared on fiorenzarossini.com

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