The trick to happiness

Are you feeling down and struggling to cheer up? Here are some mood-busters proven to work. . .

Everyone has down days, some more than others. There are many ways to try and improve your mood, different techniques work for different people. Here are 10 ways that have been proved to work. You will more than likely find something that works perfectly for you!

Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Eating your 5-a-day ensures you get enough vitamin C to keep your immune system strong, helping to avoid illnesses like the common cold. Omega-3 is also proven to play a role in mental well-being. Do not forget to have a balanced breakfast daily. This is better for your metabolism and in the long-run can improve memory, increase energy and help calmness. Selenium rich foods are also great for making you a happier person. The cause of this is not completely clear why but food like Brazil nuts, crab, chicken, eggs, tofu and many more are great to have for a good mood.

Exercising is one of the easiest ways to get a ‘natural high’. When you exercise Endorphins, along with other chemicals, is released from a gland in the base of your brain. Endorphins make you feel exhilarated, happy and block any feelings of pain.

Serotonin is released when you exercise and when you eat foods containing Folic acid. This is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. It is what sends the happy messages to your brain. The mood serotonin flowing through your bloodstream, the better your mood will become. Although remember this works both ways. The less you have in your body the moodier you are and you become more aggressive.

Getting fresh air and a daily walk is a great way to get out of a depressing mood. It gives you the chance to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and to look at things you would otherwise ignore.  As a bonus, the sunlight gives you a bit of vitamin D. It is proven that just 20 minutes outside can be all it takes to be in an overall better mood, thanks to the sun. Most of your life you are surround by technology, this is not good for you, being outside is a good way to get away from it, clear your head and relax.

Listening to music has been proven to help you to release stress, relax, get inspired and become motivated. However, you need to be careful about the genre you listen to. Heavy metal could put you in a worse mood whereas pop music can help to boost your mood.

Smile, even if you don’t feel happy. Usually you smile when you are happy, but researchers have discovered that you can trick your mind by smiling to become happy. Smiling is infectious, when people see you smile they which naturally smile back. If you are surrounded by optimistic people this can get you out of your rut.  Plus, smiling first thing in the morning can really annoy people, so if you fancy having some fun, smile!

Hot drinks are instant comforters. They can warm you up when you are cold and help you to wind down before bed. Try and avoid adding sugar to your tea or coffee as while sugar can give you a fast high, it is just as quick to bring you down.

Write a list of things you have achieved, this can help you to see the positives in your life rather than concentrating on all the negatives. If you do this on a regular basis, it will help to remind you that you’re successful.

Write a letter to someone. Get out your pen and paper and share some love. The best part is when they reply and you get something you want through your letterbox for a change rather than bills!

Hug someone, – or even a pet. When you feel love, trust and comfort, a hormone called Oxytocin is released. Hugging is a great reminder of love and care.

Give some of these ways a good and improve your mood. As winter gets nearer, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can hit at any time. Don’t let it beat you this year!

what makes you happy.

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