Let’s be real – we’re all so over being victims to whatever your mood happens to be. There is abundant evidence that moods are interlaced with other things, including body posture, scent, and scenery. This means that you can learn to instantly boost your mood whenever you feel you need it. Based on cold, hard science, here are ten ways to improve your mood in minutes
WATCH KITTEN VIDEOS
Research supports what you may have known all along. Spending ten to fifteen minutes watching kitten videos on the internet makes you happy. Don’t ask me why, it just does. Just don’t overdo it, though. Too much time and it begins to feel wasteful instead of helpful.
Ever wish you could feel happy like when you were a kid? You can. It turns out that box of Crayola offered a lot more than a rainbow of colors. Researchers in the area of color psychology have uncovered that spending time with a coloring book and crayons or pencils can boost your mood almost instantly. In fact, just looking at certain colors can make you feel better right away. If you won’t take my word for it, maybe you’ll take Kendall Jenner’s. According to People, the supermodel painted a wall in her home a peppy pink because it is supposed to aid in calming anxiety. Not to mention it’s just really pretty.
RELAX IN THE GLOW
Did you know that turning off your electric lights and burning a candle for lighting can make you feel better automatically? The candle doesn’t even have to be scented. The gentle flickering flame and soft lighting that candles provide make your room more in tune with nature’s natural light, soothing your body and soul.
The Journal of Social Psychology reports that study participants who did something kind each day for ten days felt happier than those who didn’t. You don’t have to do something kind for ten whole days (though the world could really use it right now). Even one small kind gesture will instantly boost your mood. Need ideas? Wish someone a “Happy Tuesday,” pay for coffee for the next person in line, secretly leave a dollar bill on the counter in a public place, clean the office microwave, or call your boyfriend’s mother just to say “hi.”