5 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Mood in an Instant
There’s not much that’s worse than feeling down, flat, or stuck in an emotional rut. Whether it’s the result of a personal issue, work woes, or sometimes the worst, no apparent reason at all, dragging ourselves out of said consuming rut jumps to the top of our priority list. Huffington Post Australia has compiled a list of some of the easiest, quickest, and most effective ways to improve your mood—no matter the reason that your smile has been temporarily lost. The best part? They’re so simple. Really—these easy mood-boosters could potentially have you clicking your heels in hot flash. Plus, they’re actually enjoyable—bad mood or not. Scroll on and transform yourself from the upside down smile emoji to the salsa dancing emoji.
Fact: According to a Spotify survey, Seven in 10 Australians use music to combat the Monday blues. The 3,005 people surveyed confirmed that music is more of a motivator than sex when tackling the start of the working week.
A hug has been linked to the release of oxytocin and anti-stress effects and research also suggests that even seeing, hearing, or thinking of a loved one can release oxytocin which is widely referred to as the love hormone. Not that we needed an excuse for hugging, but we’ll take it.
According to research from the Harvard School of Public Health, which studied nearly 51,000 women, those who regularly drank four cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of clinical depression than non-coffee drinkers. Cup of joe, anyone?
Unsurprisingly, hanging with your pet is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress and improve mood. "Research shows that pets reduce anxiety, offset loneliness and help us exercise more," Mia Cobb, expert in human-animal interactions told The Huffington Post Australia.
Talking to a stranger
When we converse with strangers and approach them with kindness, we are more likely to be in a better mood and more positive towards our own loved ones. Love that stranger’s dress in the café line? Tell them!