Almost everyone wishes to be in a “good mood,” whether in the present or in terms of overall happiness and fulfilment. Diet, physical activity, sleep, weather, season, social well-being, posture, financial stability, menstrual cycle, stress, exposure to news, social media use, clutter, and even the colour you’re wearing all have an impact on our mood. Fortunately, there are some actions and habits you can develop to help make positive moods more abundant and consistent in your life.
- Wake up earlier – Set your alarm to go off 15 minutes before you normally get up. This extra time will enable you to have a more organised and productive day.
- Take a walk – If you are feeling stressed or worried, taking a short walk outside will raise your mood and can also calm you down.
- Listen to music – It is well known that music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety. Put on your favourite album and you will notice yourself humming, smiling and dancing in no time.
- Get a good laugh – A study shows that laughter increases dopamine in our brains, which is a chemical that elevates mood. And laughter also increases oxygen to our bodies and cools down our stress response system.
- Eat at least one healthy meal – Unhealthy snacks can be tempting, but your body and mind will thank you for eating at least one healthy meal with fruit and vegetables each day.
- Make sure you get enough sleep – Most of us need about 8 hours of sleep a night to repair and renew our bodies, so make sure you get this if you want to walk up feeling refreshed and energised.
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