Whether you are feeling a bit blue over a breakup, a general dissatisfaction with life has crept in or you simply don’t find much to be happy about from day to day, there are lots of very simple. Very natural things that you can do to boost your mood. If you do them occasionally, they will give you an occasional lift in the moment, but if you do them regularly, their effects will be cumulative, and you will find yourself feeling happier more often. Some of them may even help you if you’re struggling with depression, although they are no substitute for proper medical intervention.
What are these wonderful, natural mood boosters? Let me tell you…
Exercise of Course
Okay, so I know that exercise is often the very last thing that you want to do when you’re feeling blue, and it can get annoying when everyone seems to recommend it as a panacea for everything, but you know what? It really does work. When you exercise, your body’s levels of dopamine and oxytocin increase and since they are the very hormones resp[onsible for feelings of happiness and love, this can have a pretty powerful effect. Even if you just take the dog for a brisk walk or dance to your favorite songs for 15 minutes, you should feel a lift in your mood. Exercise every day and you’ll definitely feel much happier much more of the time.
Spend Some Time on The Meditation Cushion
More and more studies are coming to the conclusion that meditation can reduce stress and anxiety levels. Boost happiness and even have a positive effect against depression. It doesn’t matter whether you sit and chant Sanskrit mantras for 10 minutes or focus on your breath for an hour, once you’re done, your mind will feel calmer and your body will feel more relaxed, resulting in a happier you. If you want to get the most benefits, it is recommended that you try mindfulness meditation, however as this has the most evidence backing up its usefulness for regulating emotions right now.
Have Fun with Friends and Family
How much time do you spend with friends and family?? Of you barely see them because you’re too busy working or whatever, it might be time to clear up your schedule a little so that you can see the people who matter most to you more. Why? It should be obvious that being around people you love, and who love you is a great way to give you a happiness boost. It has to be face-to-face contact where you can see each other’s expressions, hug and laugh together though – a quick conversation on Facebook or Whatsapp simply isn’t going to cut it. Live, laugh, love and all that.
Get Your Nature On
Nature has such a soothing effect on body and mind. Numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature, whether that is on the beach or up a mountain, will lower stress levels, boost your happiness levels and give you a greater sense of vitality.
Time to get happy!