In support of this week’s suggestions that you can, and should, choose to be in a good mood, here are a few ways find your way out of the doldrums.
- Music. This post in PSYBlog shares all the ways music can lift our mood. But you knew this one, didn’t you?
- Physical exercise. A search on “Exercise and Mood” will return thousands of results supporting that exercise makes for a better mood. One of my favorites is this one from USA Today citing research that found that the good mood created by exercise actually sticks around for up to 12 hours. 12 hours!
- Pick up (or click on) a photo album. Caroline Adams Miller shares in Creating Your Best Life that savoring happy memories makes us happy. This one is great because so many of our happy memories are easily retrievable now on our phones or on Facebook. And who can stay grumpy when the faces of our loved ones are smiling at us?
- Smile. “According to many experts, smiling may not only be an outward manifestation of a happy feeling. It may actually be able to cause a happy feeling. It’s the exact opposite of how most people see the smile-happiness connection, but with a growing body of evidence supporting the effect, it seems there may be something to it.” Does Smiling Make You Happy? ~TLC
- Figure out what is within your control. As mentioned on Monday, discovering what we are able to control and taking steps toward getting there provides a sense of direction and tosses worry out the window.
There are many, many more ways to boost your mood. Figure out what works for you and do it next time a bad mood comes around.
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