Happiness Hacks to Boost your Mood Quickly
Feeling down or in need of a quick mood booster? While there isn’t a manual on how to be happy, these fun wellness tips can be a great starting point.
Although these temporary mood boosters are not treatment for mental health problems, they may turn a bad day around.
To get you smiling again, here are 9 happiness hacks to boost your mood quickly
1. Watch a funny clip
This may sound silly and all the way up there with downright ridiculous, but you will be amazed at how effective this method is.
According to studies, people who watch funny videos for a period of 20 minutes had much lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
2. Step out
Forget all you have heard about the negative effects of sun exposure and put yourself out there for some much-needed sunlight and fresh air.
Studies show that being out in the sun is a free mood enhancer. Other than boosting your vitamin D supply and boosting your immune system, it also reduces stress, fights off depression and helps one sleep better by releasing melatonin.
3. Get some sleep.
Besides, lowering health risks, maintaining your immunity and giving your body the rest it needs to repair and work on itself, a good eight hour window of sleep will get you ready for the next day. When you’re well-rested, you are in a much better mood and can think critically.
If you’re struggling to fall asleep, consider taking a warm bath before bedtime, having a cup of chamomile tea or engaging in an activity that will lower your stress levels to help you worry less and fall asleep fast.
Simple things such as dessert could be all the pick-me-up you need. Grab a recipe book and bake yourself some cookies or healthy vegan cupcakes.
The overall process will have your mind occupied, and before you know it, you are much happier, especially if they turn out better than you had anticipated. And as you take the first bite, you will soon realize it is impossible to be sad when eating something you enjoy.
5. Get a hug
The power of human touch runs deep. Sometimes all you need is a shoulder to lean on and someone to hug you and let you know that all will be well.
Physical contact or even just sitting next to someone has been proven to make us happier and healthier. Having a strong effect on women especially, oxytocin levels were much higher in women who had good relationships and frequently received hugs from their partners or kids.
6. Get in a workout
Research has shown that the link between mood and exercise is real. In fact, many studies have shown that exercise can be effective in treating depression by increasing energy levels as well as increasing serotonin.
If you haven’t been feeling motivated to get in a workout, start small by taking a walk or finding a short online workout video. If you’ve been bored with your current routine, try mixing up your daily workout by trying a new class or instructor.
7. Treat yourself to a date
Sometimes simply breaking from your normal routine is enough to brighten your mood. Instead of eating lunch at your desk, take yourself out for lunch. If you prefer a sweet snack, stop at a local coffee shop on the way to or from work for a not-so-routine stop.
8. Go for a walk
Getting out and moving your body is always a quick way to boost your mood, but this study shows that even when you are expecting the opposite, taking a way in the great outdoors can be a huge mood boost.
Bonus: take a walk without the use of headphones or your cellphone. Spend the walk noticing the small nuances of the world around you — we promise you’ll come back feeling refreshed!
9. Drink a cup (or two) of coffee
This Harvard study suggests that women who drink 2 cups of caffeinated coffee per day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year study. While there have been many studies on the effect of caffeine on the body and the brain, this is the first study to investigate long-term effects.
Don’t like the bitter taste of coffee? We love adding it into smoothies with peanut butter and chocolate!