Bad moods can happen in an instant.
This is especially true for someone who struggles with chronic depression or other mental illnesses.
One moment we’re just strolling along feeling good and then BAM negative energy hits us. Sometimes something triggers it – a negative comment from a co-worker or something else. But sometimes they happen out of nowhere.
Bad moods happen to all of us and it’s unrealistic to think we can ALWAYS be in a good mood.
But it’s always great to be proactive and have a few things we can do in an attempt to boost our mood and feel better.
So I wanted to share some of my proven “happiness hacks” in case you feel yourself heading down that negative slide and want to try and turn your mood around.
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Here are 11 instant mood boosters to turn to whenever you need them:
1. Think of 3 things you’re grateful for from the past day
This not only allows you to look on the bright side of things and think about the good in life, but it also keeps you in the present by thinking back on the past day.
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2. Get your body moving
You don’t need me to tell you how amazing exercise is for our physical AND mental health. We all know that there are many benefits but many of us still don’t get enough physical activity!
3. Cuddle a dog
Research has actually shown that petting a dog can have many mental and physical health benefits, including reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and increasing oxytocin (the feel-good hormone).
4. Recite some affirmations
Daily positive affirmations can help you feel more confident, get rid of negative self-talk, help you focus your energy on what you want, and open you up to amazing possibilities. (Check out this deck of positive affirmation cards if you’re interested!)
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5. Journal your feelings
Take a few moments to write down your thoughts and express your feelings. This can help you release negative emotions and maybe even get to the bottom of why you’re feeling that way, which might give you a clue on what you need to do to overcome the bad mood.
6. Get outside
Did you know that getting out into nature for as little as five minutes can significantly boost your mood? Nature is one of the best things for our mental health, in my opinion. Go lay in the sun (with sunscreen of course) or go for a walk. Whatever appeals to you!
7. Do something spiritual
No matter what your spiritual or religious beliefs are, connecting to your own idea of the “higher power” can be one of the most powerful ways to not only boost your mood but also give you a sense of joy and purpose.
8. Call a loved one
Hearing the voice of a loved one can lower your stress levels and make you feel connected and supported. Maybe you can even talk out your bad mood and shake it off.
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9. Do some cleaning
I don’t know if it’s just me but doing mindless activities like washing dishes or cleaning floors can put me in an almost meditative state. It always makes me feel like it gives my mind a break and I’m in a much more positive mood afterward.
10. Do something creative
Creative hobbies can put you in a sort of meditative state and they can even begin to train your brain to stop thinking so many depressing or anxious thoughts. Being able to express yourself, distract your mind, and create something is seriously so therapeutic and can turn your mood around quickly.
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11. Brighten someone else’s day
Did you know that doing something nice for someone else can be good for YOUR health and well-being? It’s been shown to lower stress levels, increase self-esteem, improve mood, and more. So give someone a sincere compliment, pay for someone’s order in a drive-thru line, tip a server way more than they expect, or anything else that might brighten someone’s day!
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What are your favorite instant mood boosters? Let’s chat in the comments!
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Amber Myers says
I’ll keep these in mind! I know I tend to read a book or I go to Target 😉
Whitney Stewart says
I live every one of these! People don’t always see how easy it is to brighten your day. Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that can make us smile the most! Thanks so much for sharing!
Renee Franklin says
I love to try to do something for someone else when I am in a bad mood. Always makes things better.
Forever My Little Moon says
These are some great ideas for cheering yourself up! We have two dogs and cuddles definitely help!
Definitely all great tips to make you happier, thanks!
I love this post so much. It’s nice to see different ways to boost your mood. For me, it’s usually reading a book or cuddling with my cat.
Tara Pittman says
Music and dancing sure do help my mood. If I start cleaning than I am having a rough day.
Christy Garrett says
I cuddle with my dog when I’m feeling down. He knows how to make me feel better. Sometimes he will even get his toy and throw it in the air to get my attention.
Lavanda Michelle says
Thanks for sharing these instant mood boosters! I always appreciate discovering new ways to brighten up my day. 🙂
Now that we are in the warm season, getting and staying more outside is the key! The sun, nature and warm weather is all we need!
Beautiful Touches says
Cuddling a dog or a chicken will always always always work for me as a mood booster!
These are all nice and simple ways to boost your mood. Getting outside, moving my body, and snuggling my dog always do the trick for me!
Monidipa Dutta says
I absolutely loved reading your article on instant mood boosters! The ideas you presented were creative, practical, and easy to implement. I especially appreciated your emphasis on self-care and mindfulness. Your writing style was engaging and the images added a nice touch. Looking forward to reading more of your work!
Richelle Milar says
This is a really wonderful post cuddling a dog is really nice and also making a journal does help a lot
When you’re grateful, you’re happy. And make sure to have your ME time.
These tips I will keep in mind. And I know that I will be cudding with my two dogs. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Zab Zaria says
I really appreciate these tips, thanks for sharing them!
Melissa Cushing says
Love this and I love all of these ideas for boosting your mood. I am working out ore and I have to say that exercise is for sure a mod boosting experience!
Julie Russell says
Love the different ways to boost your mood and look forward to reading more articles!