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11 Ways You Can Lift Your Spirits Quickly On A Bad Day

No one can be perennially happy. You react, you respond, you feel joyous one moment and sad later. It is perfectly fine to have bad days when go through varied emotions. Here are 11 things you can do to instantly lift your mood. (All images: Thinkstock, Indiatimes, Pinterest)

Watch your favourite movie for the hundredth time

Watch your favourite movie for the hundredth time
Watch your favourite movie for the hundredth time

We all have that one movie we cherished watching as a child. We would have watched it many times. Watching that movie again now can help you revive those childhood memories and feel happy. So, next time you feel a bit low, get that movie DVD of yours and watch it ample number of times.

Write a thank you letter for your friend

Write a thank you letter for your friend
Write a thank you letter for your friend

Nothing can make you happier than the feeling of gratitude. You can buy a thank you card, or write it on your own or write a Facebook post to someone for no particular reason. This will make the other person happy and that will help you feel elated.

Fake a smile

Fake a smile
Fake a smile

Faking a smile can immediately change your mood. A fake smile or laugh works as well as the real thing. The brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. The more you stimulate your brain to release endorphins, which are responsible for making you feel happy, the more often you feel happier and relaxed. Called the positive feedback loop of smiling, a simple smile can alter your brain’s emotional processing and make you happy.

Surround yourself with right scents

Surround yourself with right scents
Surround yourself with right scents

The scents that you choose to surround yourself with can have a great impact on your behaviour and beliefs. The olfactory nerves are connected to your brains, which gives fragrances the power to change the way you think and feel. Try to focus on different aromas and check which one makes you feel happy. Choose a similar natural scent for your home.

Talk to a stranger

Talk to a stranger
Talk to a stranger

Small talk with strangers is important to stay happy. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2014, a group of researchers looked at interactions among strangers. They recruited 118 commuters at a Chicago-area railway station and randomly assigned them one of three roles: to initiate a conversation on the train, to refrain from any conversation and enjoy the solitude or (as a control group) to do whatever they normally do on their commute. In surveys completed afterwards, those who were instructed to engage in conversations with strangers reported “significantly more positive”than those who rode in solitude.

Take a walk

Take a walk
Take a walk

Take a walk in the neighbouring park. If you live near a sea shore, you should go take a walk in the beach as often as you can. Walking has many benefits, one of which is rewiring your brain to feel happy and positive.

When you declutter your house, you declutter your mind

When you declutter your house, you declutter your...
When you declutter your house, you declutter your mind

You will feel a lot happier when you declutter your house. When you donate your things, you will feel like you have done something really worthwhile. It can cleanse your mind and home. It is true that if you have not worn or used something in a year, you likely have no need for it. If it doesn’t serve any purpose and deserves to be somewhere else. So, go ahead, start cleaning your house and see the difference in how you feel.

Share your work

Share your work
Share your work

The reason you are feeling low could be because you are overburdened. The most successful people know how to share work. Outsource whatever work you can. That doesn’t mean you make the other person overwork and you sit back and relax. You give the person the due credit and get it done. Don’t get down doing everything when you know the other person can do it for you.

Reach out to a friend

Reach out to a friend
Reach out to a friend

In a recent study, Professor Jeffrey Hall, a communications studies researcher at the University of Kansas, surveyed the findings of 39 studies of over 15,000 participants to analyze the importance of humour in relationships. “What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction however, is the humour couples create together,” he says. Humour plays a great role in relationships. So, always have a friend who can make you laugh.

Eat your favourite food

Eat your favourite food
Eat your favourite food

Next time you feel angry and irritable, try this. Get yourself some food. Yes, we are serious. In many cases, anger is only a result of hunger and nothing else. In fact, there is a term to it. It is called “hangry”, an amalgamation of hungry and angry. This is a phenomenon whereby you get irritable and short-tempered when you have not eaten for hours. So have food, or rather your favourite food.

Try gardening or cooking a meal

Try gardening or cooking a meal
Try gardening or cooking a meal

Gardening has some amazing benefits. By spending time in the mud and by getting down to actually physical work, you will feel a difference in the way you feel. It not only tires you out, it tends to reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Similarly cooking also helps in practicing mindfulness by making you focus on what is in front of you. This is the reason many people approach culinary therapists for depression. You will instantly feel better.

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