Unique Ways to Boost Your Mood…

By Emma Reaves, PULSE

Try adding some VITAMIN D*there are shocking amounts of this delectable vitamin in sardines. (So much so that your happy mood will overshadow that fact that you’re eating sardines… 😉

Meditate. Take four minutes out of your day to lie down, clear your head and just  b r e a t h e.

Switch up your running playlist with tracks like these:

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COMPLIMENT SOMEONE! If you can’t cheer yourself up, making someone else smile will naturally spill over into your own demeanor

Make a collage of scenic places for your room- focus on space and the illusion of distance to literally broaden yourphoto credit: topseller from Freefoto.com horizons while you’re stuck inside on a rainy day.

Go for a walk in the Arb

SMILE! Happiness is contagious 🙂

Stop to smell the… oranges? “According to a Japanese study, the citrus fruit contains linalool, a compound whose odor has been shown to lower stress levels in animals.”

Go out to dinner and leave the waiter a big tip.

Put down that fifth mocha latte for the day. “Pour yourself a rejuvenating cup of green or black tea instead. The caffeine in the brew will give you a boost and the amino acid L-theanine will enhance your concentration, according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition.” (Fitness Magazine, 2013)

Make yourself laugh even when no one is around. Studies suggest that laughter can reduce blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, and increase endorphins. What’s more, there seems to be no difference between real and forced laughter.” (Fitness Magazine, 2013)

   Want to check out more ways to boost your mood? FitnessMagazine.com has even more great suggestions!

 

*The recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 600 IU for adults 18 and older.

References:  Fitness Magazine . (2013, March ). Your Guide to Getting (and Staying) Happy. Retrieved March 31, 2013, from fitness: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/stress-relief/get-happy/ready-set-recharge/?page=21

 

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