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5 Easy Ways to Lift Your Mood

Updated on October 5, 2016

Having a bad day? You're not alone! But did you know that there are a number of simple steps you can take to lift your spirits and dispel those dark clouds? Try one, or all of the following and see what a difference they can make to your mood.

1.Get Social!

Even though you may not feel like it, socializing with positive people is the number one way to shrug off those blues and get your positivity levels rising. Phone a friend who makes you smile, invite your neighbours over for a chat and a cuppa, or go online and immerse yourself in positive social media banter. It’s all good, and it really works!

2. Change the record!

Listening to uplifting tracks is a sure way to raise your levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin (otherwise known as the brain’s happy chemical). So put on those headphones and let those melodies work their magic on your mood.

3. Treat yourself!

Do something totally selfish and allow yourself to wallow in your indulgence. It doesn’t have to be anything costly; in fact, it’s often the little things that make us feel the happiest, like a new hairdo, a perfumed bubble bath or a feel-good movie. The point is that your brain will pick up on the positivity of your actions and the message “I deserve it” will sink into your subconscious and lift your spirits.

4. Exercise!

Get moving! Whether it’s a brisk walk or an aerobics session, studies show us that exercise really does help to improve our mood, as it causes the brain to release endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. The combination of these chemicals provides the ultimate ‘feel good’ cocktail and, in some cases have been shown to work as effectively as antidepressant pills. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing something good for your body as well as your state of mind.

5. Feed your mind!

Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, along with seeds such as pumpkin and sesame contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids which naturally increase serotonin levels in the brain, alleviating depression and making us feel more positive. Over time, you’ll notice an improvement in the condition of your hair and skin too, so get creative in the kitchen and start smiling :-)

Your change in mood ultimately starts with you taking positive action, so put these five top tips into practice and don't forget to spread the smiles.


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      Lori McNee 

      6 years ago

      Hi Sarah, I loved this post! I use a lot of these same techniques to help inspire me to paint...#5 was a new one to me though.

      Thanks for sharing-


    • pinkydoo profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Good advice...I like the TREAT YOURSELF idea! However, I don't like sardines..ha!

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      Lydia McCarter 

      8 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      Great article!

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      Deb Lee 

      8 years ago

      I actually clean and organize to get in a better mood. It's very carthartic. Even just making my bed makes me happier. #4 works well for me, too. =)

    • drgratton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments - wow!

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      Kris @Krazy_Kris 

      8 years ago

      These are definitely on my list - and when I do each of them - even a little - every day - I have good days ;-)

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Frances Coppola 

      8 years ago

      Good tips - I've tried the first 4 and they definitely work, will try no. 5 too! I would add no 6 - wear brighter colours and brighten your environment. Dark places and dull colours can depress your mood.

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      8 years ago from Untited States

      I need my mood lifted! thank you for the great hub!

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      Jane Norman 

      8 years ago

      You have saved me from a day of gloom - just reading this cheered me up but then again your work always does. I'm a huge fan of yours.

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      8 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Wonderful tips you have given. I'll keep these in mind. Good hub.

    • AdrienneZMilligan profile image


      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for the article. I've used all of these ways to lift my mood over the years - especially when it's fall/winter and it's raining 95% of the time where I live. You just have to do something different sometimes.

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      Annie McMahon 

      8 years ago

      #1, definitely! I have some online friends that can make me laugh even when I'm in a very bad mood.

      Great post! I'll be back to read some more.

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      These are all great ways to lift your mood. Each of this has worked for me. Thanks for writing.



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