Feeling down? Got the blues? Everyone feels sad at some point in their life. You cannot always control what happens to you, but one thing you can control is how you respond to it.
The good news is that it takes relatively little time and effort to bring positivity into your life. Here are a few simple ways to boost your happiness levels in mere minutes, or less.
Listen to music
Make a playlist full of your favourite songs and listen to it. Research shows that listening to music that you love makes your brain release dopamine, a feel-good neurochemical which can make you feel better. So hit the play button and put yourself in a good mood.
As simple as it might sound, smiling has a direct positive impact on your mood. Try putting a smile whenever you feel down. Smiling not just has the power towards you, but it can also change the moods of others. So, smile, because it is contagious!
Don’t hold it to yourself when things happen. When you are feeling the blues, find someone you fully trust to talk about your feelings. Surrounding yourself with good company can keep your spirit high.
Do a good deed
It’s no secret that performing small acts of kindness can increase a sense of happiness and well-being. Do something nice for someone else. For instance, you may donate to a good cause, open a door for someone and write a thank you note.
Get up and be active! It is not just great for your body but also for your mental health. Exercise sparks the release of mood-raising endorphins which trigger a positive feeling! Even a 10-minute yoga session has been shown to make an impact.
Get enough sleep
A good night’s sleep can make a world of difference to your mood! With enough sleep, you will feel more energised and ready to tackle your errands.