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One day I was feeling rather blue and thought I need to have list of ways I can keep myself happy. Sometimes, I feel, when we get into a funk, we can’t immediately think of how to make ourselves feel better. It helps to have a handy list that reminds you what you can do to cheer up. Here are some suggestions:
1. STOP worrying. Worrying is unproductive and does nothing whatsoever to change an outcome, but does succeed in making us blue. Easier said than done but it comes with practice. Some tips here to combat worry.
2. Sing or hum a tune or if you’d like to, dance! It is impossible to remain upset when you are singing or dancing to your favorite tune. You may not feel like it but when you get started, you will cheer up.
3. Eat well. Chocolate is OK, by the way. Go for dark, it has more of those mood-boosting chemicals. Certain foods like dark chocolate, nuts, and berries have been shown to improve mood. A list of 11 mood-boosting foods.
4. Get into your favorite hobby. If you are not able to do it immediately, put it on your schedule to engage in it soon as possible. You will have something to look forward to. For me, I love to read and I do it almost everyday. Losing myself in a good book is a great way to get a reprieve from my troubles.
5. Hug someone everyday. Hugging has been known to cheer you up instantly. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
6. Pick your battles. Try to reduce the number of fights you have with loved ones or co-workers. Conflict and anger only increases your negative feelings as the arguments escalate. If you can let it go, let it go. If you have to push the matter, do so diplomatically.
7. Listen to Music. We all know the calming, soothing and healing effects of music. Feeling stressed and anxious? Listen to some of your favorite tunes, upbeat or soothing, whichever suits you.
8. Exercise. Get those endorphins coursing through your bloodstream. Studies have indicated that exercise helps you be healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better, improve work performance and have delayed onset of dementia. It also gives relief from anxiety and mild depression. Find the right type of exercise for yourself. What works for one person may not for another.
9. Talk to someone. Burdens shared are burdens halved. Just get it off your chest and you will be amazed how much better you feel. It is not so necessary to get solutions to the problem so much as getting someone else’s understanding and compassion.
10. Be nice to someone. It may seem like the last thing you want to do at the moment. But put that smile on, do something kind or nice for someone. Even a friendly gesture like a good morning or helping someone out with something will perk you up. The feeling that we have done something positive for others is a great mood-booster.
What is your Happy List like? Share your suggestions!