Simple Tips to Boost Your Mood

Episode 202,  Oct 15, 10:20 PM

With so few things we can control in life, we at LifeMinute.tv are BIG BELIEVERS in the little things you can do to make yourself feel good, like treating your senses. They play a huge role in mood and emotion.

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, the co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy, says personal smells change our mood based on people or cultural things we find pleasing because of our upbringing and those experiences we remember. And then there are universal smells ---- these impact us regardless. The key, Ben-Shahar says, is to find whatever scent works for you.

We like surrounding ourselves with great scents. Our fave ways?

The smell of fab coffee brewing first thing in the morning helps us get out of bed. Just make sure to set that timer before you go to bed!

Using fab-smelling soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers can also set the tone for the rest of the day.

Another way to stay positive: Having fresh flowers around you can immediately brighten your day.

If you love music—pop on your favorite tunes.

Get fresh air: Even a quick 30-minute walk outside can do wonders.

Exercise: It releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel happy, and it helps you feel good about yourself in general.

Stay hydrated: Drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.    

Of course, how you look affects how you feel. Try a new hair color or haircut, even a new lipstick. Studies have shown it can cheer you up.

Positive moments can lead to an upward spiral too. The important thing is that we make it a habit.