Changing your mood can be surprisingly quick and easy when you have the right tools, strategies, and methods. I know that sometimes I forget about the simple things and how easy it is to just make a shift to feel happier. Life is too short to have a bad down so turn that frown upside down!
7 Surprisingly Quick And Easy Ways To Feel Happier
All of us have days when we're out of sorts. You just wish you were in a better mood. You've had days like that, haven't you? Perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven quick and easy ways to lift your mood. Some of them may surprise you!
1. Go for a walk.
Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment. 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 and take in everything around you.
2. Listen to music.
Music can shift a listener's state within moments. It's effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD you haven't listened to in ages and crank up the volume (and maybe do a little dance around the living room). Pretend your a teenager again and grab that hairbrush and sing along!
3. Open yourself to discovering something new.
Read something different than what you would normally read. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack. Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn't normally buy. You may discover something wonderful.
4. Find something to laugh at.
Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, ask your kids to tell you a joke! I don't know about you but when I see the kids tell a joke that cracks themselves up I can't help but laugh too!
5. Simple breathing meditation.
Breathing meditation is a great 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. For an easy mediation check out One Moment Meditation, I love it! Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.
6. Doodling for the fun of it.
Most people can 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. Get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts.
7. Make a gratitude list.
Sit down with a pen and paper and just start writing out everything you have that you're thankful for. This isn't meant to be hard it can be as simple as water, a roof over my head, clean clothes, a quiet house. Just remember to appreciate the moment and everything you have that makes you the person you are today! It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life that we forget to slow down and just appreciate!
These are all pretty simple. There's nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need. Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change quick and easy! Happier is always better 🙂
What do you do to feel happier?