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10 BEST MOOD BOOSTERS

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DRINK YOUR LUNCH

If it’s lunchtime at the workplace, and you are dreading the other half of the day, try a fruit or vegetable smoothie to jump-start your engine. I swear by the Fruit Bar on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro. Drinks like the Fruit Five contain passion fruit, orange and guava juices, banana, peaches, strawberries, raspberries and pineapple to give you that full serving of fruit you need per day. The smoothies taste amazing and this one leaves you full and happy with only 170 calories.

EXERCISE

You’ve heard it once, twice, a thousand times. Get up and move! Working out releases chemicals in the brain that leave you with a more happy, relaxed feeling that you would have before you began. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can increase your overall mood entirely. Folks who work out on a regular basis also tend to have smoking-hot bodies, which boosts confidence and makes you feel like a million bucks.

DO A BOOKSTORE HIDEOUT

Reading is not only good for expanding the mind, but it can also be very relaxing. Take a load off at your favorite bookstore. Browse the store for a book you’ve been dying to read, or pick up an old favorite. Find a big, comfy chair and let your mind do the rest. Bookstores are the best place to make any bad day better because silence is golden, and most bookstores have cafes inside! So take in the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed coffee and enjoy.

CHANGE YOUR ALARM

Waking up to the blaring horn of your alarm clock may seem like second nature but the sound is so unmotivating, you dread having to wake up. Instead invest in an alarm clock that allows you to record your own alarm, or use a song. My favorite is Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” The song basically says “Wake up sexy thing!” You will never have to hit the snooze button again and will be in a great mood to get your day started.

GIVE A COMPLIMENT

This may come as a surprise but giving someone else a compliment or positive affirmation is a huge mood booster! Paying someone a compliment shows confidence, and self-assurance. People often let their pride or jealousy get in the way of letting someone else have the shine, but go ahead and give someone a big head for once…. It’s good for you.

WRITE IT DOWN

I know high school is over and days of journaling are behind you, however people who journal and those who keep a planner are shown to be happier, and more balanced. Writing down your weekly or even daily goals makes them more appealing to achieve. Once you begin jotting things in your journal, don’t stop there! Hand write thank you notes to your co-workers or family, or leave a sweet note in your child’s backpack.

GIVE

Just look at all you have. Give some of it away! With all the Haiti relief drives, this is the perfect time to boost your mood and show your support. Donate any items you do not use to a charity or to your local Goodwill or consignment shop. Giving items to the less fortunate is a huge mood booster. The added bonus is most consignment shops offer cash for the things you offer.

GET MORE SLEEP

Mom wasn’t telling you to go to bed at 9 p.m. just to spite you. The average person gets two hours less sleep then their body needs. A well-rested, recharged body is essential to healthy, happy functionality. Get your body back on the right track by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally would, then increase to one hour.

While the amount of sleep is important, the environment is also a very important factor. Splurge on sheets with 500 or more thread count, and make sure you are using a pillow that aligns your head, neck and spine comfortably.

RELAX

While going on a relaxing retreat at a temple far away seems like bliss, just take a few minutes and have your own retreat at home. Turn lights down to a dim setting. Light a few candles with a relaxing scent such as lavender or jasmine. Sit up straight on the sofa and slowly relax your head. Close your eyes and take several slow deep breaths. A little music also helps if you really want to get away, try a CD by Sade or Emmy Rossum.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH BEAUTIFUL THINGS

If you find yourself in a foul mood at work or home, look around you. Is your desk cluttered with papers? Have you painted your bedroom yet? Your environment affects your mood even without you knowing! Take one weekend out of your life and revamp your pad. Use blues, yellows, greens and oranges to brighten up the place. Hang nice artwork and pictures of your family and friends. If your environment reflects happiness and love it will be impossible to feel anything but.

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