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How to Cheer Yourself Up: 20 Instant Mood Boosters!

Updated on March 30, 2015

Get Happy!

Hey yall! I know we all have those bad days. Days when we feel so down, we can't seem to get back up. "The Mean Reds" as the elegant Miss Holly Golightly put it. This is in no way professional advice, but some easy-to-do mood boosters to cheer yourself up instantly! While the sentiment may seem a bit cheesy, I see no point in a wasted day on a bad mood. I think it's especially important to keep in mind the good little things in life, when times are so hard right now. Here are some easy-peasy mood boosters to try out right now!

Some may work for you better than others, so try out what feels good! Read to get happy?



20 Instant Mood Boosters!

1. Watch a movie:

It's seems too simple but all your need are your coziest pajamas and favorite movies. If you have a cuddle buddy, even better! Snuggle onto the couch or bed and just let yourself immerse into the movie. Sometimes, life is just too much.

2. Send a nice email:

Sometimes when feeling down and detached, it's best to re-connect. Email that old pal you haven't spoken to in ages. Email a new friend to meet up. Or email a hubby a nice compliment. Doing good for others can help cheer you up in the process!

3. Call your mom:

Yes, this one is pretty lame. But, if you have a good mother-child relationship, it can work. Lately, my mother has been my lifeline through my moodier days. (Like bombing a job interview!) It helps to talk it out with someone who'll put it into perspective; It helps you realize that life is not over, and that you likely won't care about what's hurting you now in 5 years.

4. Smell coconut:

This one is strange, but proven to be true! Studies show that smelling coconut is an instant mood booster.

5. Look at old vacation pictures:

One of my favorite cheer-up things to do it look at fun vacation pictures. It reminds you of happier times, and how life gives you plenty of good and not-so-good days. It'll also reignite your excitement for travel and being with family or friends.

6. Plan a vacation:

Sometimes, we all just need to get away. Broke? Have no fear. Planning a vacation is almost as fun as going on one. Explore new destinations you may want to visit someday. Check out the local food and festivities. Even if you can't afford this dream vacation now, it's an instant mood booster just to dream.

7. Bake cookies and share:

Keeping yourself busy is a great way to forget your stressful day. Bake loads so you can share with neighbors, co-workers or friends!

8. Be active:

Any kind of activity will instantly boost your mood. My best friend gets happy automatically when seeing a clean place, so when she's sad, she hits her apartment hard with her duster and pledge. When I'm feeling particularly down, I like to do calmer activities such as walking. When I'm down and angry, I love taking my anger out on a sport such as basketball or boxing. It's a great way to get in some exercise and boost your mood!

9. Just dance:

Turn on the music and start dancing. It'll get your endorphins going and remember, happy music only!

10. Get organized:

Getting clutter out of your space is a perfect way to de-stress. Cleaning out the clutter in your home can be related to cleaning out the clutter in your mind. Stop re-living the embarrassing moment, and just sweep it all away. Once you've mastered the organization, your life will seem much more manageable to be handled in the same way.

11. Take a day off:

Off work, if you can. If that's not a possibility, take a day off of your routine. Are you the one sorting laundry and washing the dishes every night? Ask the hubby to take care of it. Make the night all about you and relaxation. It's ok to call time-out on your schedule once in a while. A less-stressed you is what your family prefers anyway.

12. Use your mind:

Keep your mind occupied. Do a difficult puzzle or mind riddle. There are plenty free ones online. Or do a difficult crossword puzzle. Sometimes keeping your mind, rather than your body occupied does the trick.

13. Learn something new:

Starting to learn something new can instantly boost your self-esteem. Knowing that you are conquering a skill, is a great feeling. Pick a language and learn it. Like music? Find a new instrument you want to learn and make timely goals so you'll keep track!

14. Make physical goals:

Think of something physical that you never thought you could accomplish. Make the decision right now to promise yourself that you will. Lets say you run the same 1-mile circuit every week. Be determined and set a demanding physical goal of completing say, a 10K. Sign up for a 10K right now so that you stay committed to your mission.

15. Watch a comedy show:

Pick your favorite comedian and rent a tape. Or, simply turn on the comedy central channel. It's a great mood lifter, if you're feeling somewhat blue. Life doesn't always have to be taken so seriously. Turn your dramatic day into a joke of your own. It'll make you a stronger person to be able to face it, laugh about it (while cringing) and move on.

16. Create a spa night:

Get out your fluffiest bathrobe and slippers. Fill the tub and add bath salts and bubbles. Pour yourself some bubbly and light candles. You'll feel instantly transformed. Take a leisurely bath and exfoliate; afterward, rub soothing lotion over your entire body before jumping into your robe. You'll feel amazingly good. Yes, your life sucks, but at least your skin looks amazing!

17. Pamper yourself:

Pamper yourself in only the way you know how. I say this because we all have different ideas of what a pampered day is. A day off cooking and cleaning up? Or, is it a shopping spree. Whatever your budget allows, give to yourself one day. Try not to make up excuses for your purchase/time off and instead tell yourself you deserve it.

18. Mix up your style:

When in a sad slump, it always helps to make a change. So why not change your wardrobe? Find style tips online or on your style channel. It's not easy but you'll feel like a million bucks when seeing your new closet and a new you. What to do with bags and bags of your old clothes? Make money of course! Places like "Platos Closet" accept your used clothing and give you money in return! The other option is to donate it to a local salvation army. After de-cluttering, try out new looks and resolve to wear something that is way out of your comfort zone!

19: Give back:

Spending your time giving back to others is a great way to change your mood and attitude. It's difficult to grumble about your boring job and gossip-y co-workers when seeing people with no homes or families. It's a great way to put your life into perspective and to appreciate what you do have. There's only good from giving back!

20: Indulge in your gratitude:

Make a handwritten list of everything in your life you are grateful for. Yes, when things are looking bleak, it may be difficult to think of things you are happy about in your life, but try harder. Once you do, you will see how much you have to be thankful for, and will be closer to forgetting your bad day.

Author Note

*As aforementioned, this is in no way counseling or professional treatment for depression. If you have been feeling unusually down with mood swings, been constantly sad for over two weeks or have difficulty coping with your sadness with thoughts of suicide, get professional help right away.*


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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      reegrace: Thank you. I always need some mood booster tips during those awful days!

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      reegrace 6 years ago

      The hub is funny and useful and I think I could refer back to it for mood boosters and I also enjoyed reading your comments it seemed really upbeat and encouraging.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      poutingdepression: The suggestion was more about calling someone who you know will listen to you. If you are having long-term symptoms of depression, please seek professional help!

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      Poutingdepression 6 years ago

      My mother is the source of my bad mood. I never had a good mother-child relationship. Ugh, hate i read this.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      Aaron Lucas: As mentioned above, do not refer to this article as treatment for depression. This is just a quick list for those "blue days." Once you've been feeling very down for longer than 2 or 3 weeks, its time to get professional help! Aaron, if this is something you are going through, please contact someone you trust and get help. There's nothing more powerful than realizing you need someone's outside perspective to change your life.

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      Aaron Lucas 6 years ago

      None of these works for me. If you are really depressed because of this life or your family members, nothing in this world will help. Tried and tested by me. I can assure that.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      cathby: Thanks!

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      cathby 6 years ago from Canada

      Excellent post thanks for sharing some great ideas!

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      Injured lamb: Calling my mom is definitely one of my favorite ways to cheer up. She lives on the other side of the country right now so its so hard! Dancing is probably one of my favorites as well. Have a fab week!

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      How I wish I could call my mom whenever I am down but she passed away back in year really is one of the best ways to cheer up ourselves. Thanks for the great tips sharing, I always go sauna and swimming or hit myself in the gym, yes, dancing and boxing too.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      a_vaha: I'm glad it's been useful for you. It's always a good thing to keep in mind how lucky we are to have what we do have. Thanks!

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      a_vaha1978 6 years ago

      I always take a look at this article because it can really let us know that we do have it better off than many others in the world. I may not be making the kind of money I want to make now but at least websites like this keep me busy and provide tips on how to feel better.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      Temirah: Beautiful name btw. It's good to leave around reminders for when we feel down. Thanks!

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      Temirah 6 years ago

      I need to print these out and carry them with me so that I don't forget them when life gets tough! What a lovely hub.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      dusy7969: Thanks for the compliments! I sometimes come back to this hub myself to get some ideas to cheer up my day!

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      dusy7969 7 years ago from San Diego, California

      Now you can be a confident expert on How to Cheer Yourself Up: 20 Instant Mood Boosters. OK, maybe not an expert. But you should have something to bring to the table next time you join a discussion on How to Cheer Yourself Up: 20 Instant Mood Boosters.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      saesha: Thanks! And welcome to Hubpages!

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      saesha 7 years ago

      nice tips! and unique, too. i never thought of sending emails to a friend but it's a good idea.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Hey a_vaha,

      I'm so glad this was helpful for you. We all have bad days and when the bad days string into bad weeks, it can get super tough. It is hard work but it's important to constantly encourage yourself to do more.

      I'm so glad you were inspired. And yes, music is a really good cheer up tool as well!

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      a_vaha1978 7 years ago


      What can I say? I needed to see something like this. I always try my very best to keep myself in a good mood. You are an inspiration to me as well and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I needed to read this because I'm going through a challenging personal situation. I can add a few more things to this list:

      Tell someone you love them either in person or you can think that way when they are not around you. When you let someone know you love them, it makes you feel better and gives your subconscious mind the power to create even more situations that make you love the person even more.

      Listen to your favorite kind of music.

      Great article and once again, THANK YOU for inspiring me.

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      freecampingaussie: Your welcome! Ooh playing a game is a good idea. Personally, I like scatagories!

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      freecampingaussie 7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Some great ideas to share ! liked the hub, thanks

      Play a game with someone like rummicub !

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      emil: Have a great holiday and stay warm!

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      emilclemons6757 7 years ago from FLORIDA


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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Emil: thanks for adding on your own suggestions! I especially agree with the prayer one, sometimes when the going gets tough we all need something or someone to rely on! Thanks for the fantastic comments!

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      emilclemons6757 7 years ago from FLORIDA

      Great Hub

      I like theses:

      1. Laugh a lot

      2. Comedy Movies

      3. Dance is good w/a friend even better

      4. Talking to your partner/dinner/romance

      5. Pray if nothing seems to be working

      6. Read your bible


      Emil Clemons


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