We can’t all be happy 24/7 and that’s ok. But sometimes you just can’t cheer up and feel like you need a bit of a push in the right direction to put a smile on your face.
You probably have your own methods to boost your mood, or the mood of those around you, but if you’re not quite feeling like yourself today, are in a bad mood, or just need generally cheering up, have a read of these 7 things that are guaranteed to make you happy right now…
Smiling is infectious and is actually proven to make you happy. That’s because when you smile your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides that help to fight off stress. So give it a go, smile at the next person you see and not only will you feel better, but you’ll be spreading that happy feeling around.
2. Hug someone
Hugs also release those feel good hormones as well as making you feel loved and less alone. So grab someone close and hug it out! I bet it doesn’t take long to improve your mood.
3. Listen to your favourite music
Whether you’re into pop, rock, drum & bass or country music, I guarantee that your favourite artists and songs make you feel happier. Otherwise why would you listen to them in the first place? Nostalgic music often brings back good memories, so maybe stick on some tunes from your teens to make you smile. In case you were wondering, my current ‘happy music’ is Kylie Minogue and Taylor Swift!
4. Watch your favourite TV show
What’s your favourite sitcom or comedy series? Mine is FRIENDS and no matter how many times I’ve seen each episode (a lot!!) I definitely won’t get through an episode without laughing.
5. Get outside
One way to make you happy right now is to get outdoors. Studies show that levels of anxiety and stress are reduced simply by being outdoors. Fresh air and sunlight does wonders for your mood, so if you are feeling grumpy today why not go and sit outside and take some deep breaths for a bit.
6. Take a nap
No one wakes up in a bad mood from a nap! If the reason for your bad mood today is because you didn’t sleep well last night, take a 30 minute power nap to get back some energy and boost your mood.
7. Practice gratitude
If that bad mood just won’t shift try practicing gratitude. Grab a pen and paper and write down 3 things that you feel grateful for right now. These will be personal to you but could include the weather, your family and friends, your pets, having a lovely home, and so on. A few minutes of reflection help you to see that maybe things aren’t so bad, and will give you a much needed instant boost.
Basic self care should include things that make you happy. What are you waiting for? Give some of these things a go and put a smile on your face! Do you have any other suggestions of self care activities that make you feel happier instantly?