Let’s face it, it can be hard to have the energy and attitude of a cheer-leader, golden-retriever puppy or that extremely chirpy neighbor, you do your best to avoid or want to learn from. So, what’s their secret and how can you make that outlook your own?1
1. Work-Out Cheer
Some yoga, Pilates, or even home-gyming is a real up-lifter. So, get that body moving, give it a little work-out to get that blood flowing and flush out those bad toxins and boost your mood. Moreover, it’s a great stress buster, the alias to joy’s one true nemesis.
2. Happy Foods
The rich anti-oxidant content in spices like turmeric and the fiber-rich leafy veggies helps cleanse, facilitate and keep your system tuned. Also add some nutrient-rich food that helps release some feel-good hormones, such as chocolate, green tea and even salmon to your daily-intake.
3. Cognitive Calming
A truly happy person knows when to just chill, relax and pamper themselves. So go for a massage, get some behavior therapy if you need to vent out, meditate to calm your busy brain, crank up that music, sing or dance to your heart’s content. Can’t do that? Then at least learn to take micro-breaks from any stress-driven activity, be it for a cup of coffee or just staring out the window for a bit.
4. Smell That Joy
Smell is said to be one of the strongest among the six senses and is a stimulation of serotonin (the anti-depressant neurotransmitter) and memories. So, as they say always take time to stop and smell the flowers, or those fruits or freshly cut grass or even that new Beyonce perfume.
5. ‘When You Just Smile…’
The cognitive association with smiling is of joy. So, as the famous Charlie Chaplin song, Smile, even if you feel low, find any tiny element in the situation to be happy about and just smile. Trick your body into releasing those happy hormones and relax those face muscles, it’s known to counter aging.
6. More Than Sand And Sun
Wherever you are be it at home or outside, keep your windows or shades open, let some sun in, because unbeknownst to you, the Vitamin D from that sunlight is stimulating your body’s hormones and keeping you from feeling depressed. If that doesn’t work, go for a walk or stroll and get some fresh air, don’t be cooped up at home.
7. Positive Interactions
It’s good to get some me-time as much as it is good to interact with those that boost your mood and mind. It could be some quality time with your cat, dog, or bunny and even meeting your friends to yak away with, play games or just sit in silence with. Having even a sliver of positive social interactions is said to kick depressive moods and hormones alike to the curb.
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