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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

Sometimes it feels like sadness is out of our control, but most of the time we actually do have a choice. It’s not to say that sad things aren’t say, but we all know that person that always seems to look on the bright side, what if that person was you?

Most of life’s problems can be reduced by looking on the bright side, so how do we actively change our environment to make it easier for us?

Start by tuning in to what’s on your radio. Are the lyrics to your song “matching” your bad mood? Change the station! You don’t have to pick annoying fake happy music, which could actually make your mood worse, but put on something that you find relaxing and pleasant.

Next check what’s on your plate. Certain foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are natural mood boosters (think olive oil or salmon). If your taking your bad mood and turning it into an excuse for binging on comfort foods, remember that most junk food is very high in sugar and salt. Sugar will cause your system to crash, physically making you more depressed! Salt will cause the body to retain lots of water making you feel bloated, and who feels happier when they are squished into their clothes? That’s not to say that certain comfort foods are forbidden. A small piece of good quality dark chocolate will naturally boost your serotonin levels without too much added sugar.

When you’re sad, it’s easy to want to snuggle up in bed and stay put for the day. However, many studies have proven that exercise is an amazing natural mood booster. A moderate amount of exercise has a huge effect on your mood. Exercising when you’re feeling okay will actually prevent unhappiness and make bad things easier to deal with.

So next time you’re feeling down, grab your headphones, put on some relaxing music and go for a nice walk.

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