Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotions and forget how easy it is to feel happy, so here are some easy ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a stroll.
Most people know that going for a short daily stroll is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more helpful. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Can you think of such a place? What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it real by taking a short stroll.
2. Listen to music.
Music can change a listener’s mood within moments. It’s effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD you haven’t listened to in ages or tune your radio to something you’ve never listened to before.
3. Open yourself to finding something new.
Read something (printed, not on line) different than what you would normally read. Visit your library or browse through a magazine rack. Buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. You may discover useful information.
Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others.
5. Mindful Breathing .
Breathing meditation is a exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That’s all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how surprised you will be at how you feel afterward.
6. Doodling for the sake of it.
Most people remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind benefits.
7. Think of others less fortunate than you.
The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably better off than most people on this planet. This may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people on this planet. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow.
These are all simple. There’s nothing profound or life changing, but when need a quick pick me up these may be just the things you need. Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change more quick and easily–surprisingly so at time– than you imagine.