6 Small Ways to Improve Your Mood

Simplify your life

take a break (or cut a few items from your to-do list) to enjoy life. It’s so easy to get lost in day-to-day stresses and obligations and forget to absorb your surroundings and enjoy your loved ones.

Train your thoughts

By developing greater self-awareness of what clouds your mind, you can take control of your inner dialogue and create a more positive attitude from the ground up. This requires practicing positive mindfulness, which can be tricky but can have widespread positive effects

Smile more often

Smiling doesn’t cost you anything and allows you to radiate positivity, even if only for a moment. Even if you’re feeling down, a smile will release endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, all of which promote happiness.

Foster your relationships.

As a human being, you need other people not only to survive but to thrive. You are your happiest when you are surrounded by your loved ones. That's why it is critical that you make the time to build and sustain strong, meaningful relationships with the people you love.

Use your body.

Too often we get stuck in one place, in one position for too long and before we know it, we haven't moved for three hours (if not longer!). The human body isn't designed to sit at a desk all day so make sure you are getting up, stretching or doing some kind of movements regularly.

Your body affects your mind more than you think and if it's feeling sluggish, lethargic, or low, it's difficult for your mind to feel anything else. That's why moving throughout your day, as well as having dedicated exercise sessions daily, greatly influences your happiness. Also think about clever ways to move your body that will up your mood, like hugging or smiling.

Use humor to give yourself a shot of well-being.

Strategy: Look for the lighter side of a difficult situation in your relationship. Discuss how you might bring pleasure and playfulness to the situation.

Why? Research shows humor enhances pleasure and positive emotions in life decreases social anxiety and triggers positive social communication.

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