Feeling blue, sluggish or just unhappy?
You CAN learn how to be in a good mood. Check out my simple tips to get started along with a 9 point action plan. If you learned how to ride a bike, bake a pie or change the toilet paper roll in the bathroom, you can learn how to improve your mood!
Here is how to get started:
1) Decide you want to make a change in your life
2) Learn mood boosting skills
3) Practice, practice, practice
The most important component to boosting your mood is deciding you want to change. The following mood boosting tip list is not a complete anthology but it is a good place to start. Incorporating tips like these into my life helped me climb out of my personal pit of despair.
Feel free to add your mood boosting suggestions, tips and comments!
#1. ACT HAPPY
You can make a conscious choice to break yourself from a gloomy mind-set. Thoughts create emotions and emotions lead us to act (act out, freak out, get pissed off).
Focus on optimistic happy thoughts and limit negative thoughts. Act the way you want to feel and you will feel the way you want to act.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
#2. SAY CHEESE
Smile. Smiling releases endorphins. These little teeny tiny molecule thingie-ma-bobbers help you feel better. When you start to smile, others smile back at you. Clark University psychologist argues we can make ourselves happy just by smiling.
The behavior of smiling causes the feeling of being happy. Read that again – the behavior causes the feeling. Not the other way around!
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ Mother Teresa.
Laughter, giggling and silliness releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. Laughter makes us feel good, it brings people together and breaks down barriers. Find your giggle button, push it repeatedly and laugh.
In case you need some help learning how to have fun, here are some Tips on How to Bring Playfulness into your life!
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors. ~ Norman Cousins
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#4. NOURISH YOUR BODY
Do you wonder why you feel tired? Are you always sick? If you eat like crap, you’re gonna feel like crap! It ain’t rocket science folks. You are what you eat! Ease up on the caffeine, sugar and fatty foods.
If you need help trying to figure out what to eat and what to avoid, consult a nutrition expert. Bottom line: Honor your body and it will honor you.
Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food. ~ Hippocrates
#5. MOVE YOUR BODY
Step away from the TV and the computer (not until after you read this) and go out for a walk, play with your dog , dust off that gym membership, go running, biking or head to the local yoga studio. You don’t need to exercise for hours a day. A brisk 20 minute walk does wonders for your mood, trust me!
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ~ John F. Kennedy
#6. RELEASE WORRY
Do you worry about everything? Do you worry if X happens then Y and Z will happen and if Y and Z happen, I’m screwed! Unless you can predict all future events (which you can’t) or you are God, the omnipotent (if you were, you wouldn’t be reading this), start to accept life is unpredictable. Instead of getting all bungled up in a web of sticky worry, focus on the positives.
In order for negativity to grow and sustain, we need to feed it with our thoughts. Don’t feed the nasty worry beast and it won’t grow. For additional self-help strategies about anxiety relief, click here.
Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive. ~ Bugs Bunny
#7. EAT CAKE
OK, yes and no. If it’s an anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate cake, have a piece – not the whole cake. What I’m really trying to say is: ENJOY! RELAX! NURTURE YOURSELF! Go to a movie. Draw. Take a long bath with aromatherapy oils. Nap. Commune with nature. Bask in the sun and breathe in fresh air. Play games with friends. Dance. Shake your booty (or your groove thing)!
You can have your cake and eat it baby. ~Robert Hazard
#8. DON’T TRY. DO!
Instead of “I’ll try to smile more” say “I will smile more” or even better, just smile more! Try is a word that gives you an excuse to quit or a reason to fail before you even get started. Why cut yourself off at the knees?
Don’t say ‘Try’. Just Do!
Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’. ~ Jedi Master Yoda
39. AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE
Do you attract people in your life that drain your energy? Are you a magnet for unhappy people? I was! People who criticize, berate, make fun of you or crush your dreams are negative. You don’t need people like that busting your good mood. Wave your magic wand and cast them aside. BE GONE ENERGY ZAPPERS! If you cannot cast them aside completely, limit your contact.
Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Don’t give up and don’t give in. ~ Wanda Carter
Choose to change! Boost your Mood!
Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!
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