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Simple Ways To Naturally Heighten Your Mood

Last updated March 20, 2015

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Social methods like engaging in conversation with friends and spending time with people, joining a social activity like a club, volunteering to help those in need, etc. provide positive energy for a long-lasting mental wellbeing.


Everyone is subject to mood swings in his or her lives, although the level or intensity of such swings may vary from person to person. More often than not, it is the mood swing towards a depressive state rather than the opposite that causes much consternation among individuals. It is such a state that requires an improvement in order to feel better. There are many techniques, methods, and processes that can help you to achieve a better mental wellbeing.

Food, music, and sleep are the three most common and popular means to improve your mood. Eating your favorite food can definitely help, if only temporarily. Music and sleep both act on the mind and focus on calming it, thus rising the happiness quotient.

Climate is a lesser known factor influencing mood. However, if you live in a warm place, just cooling down and going to the beach can work wonders on your mood. Similarly, individuals living in cold climates could head towards warm climate to improve their moods.

Physical exercise is a common method used for improving mood. Anxiety or depression can dissipate fairly quickly through vigorous physical exercise. Even a simple walk is said to suffice in lifting your mental outlook through increased breathing and blood flow.

Social methods like engaging in conversation with friends and spending time with people, joining a social activity like a club, volunteering to help those in need, etc. provide positive energy for a long-lasting mental wellbeing.

Any one or a combination of several of the physical, social, or personal means can help an individual to develop and retain a positive attitude in life. 

Additional References:

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Thorén, P., Floras, J. S., Hoffmann, P., & Seals, D. R. (1990). Endorphins and exercise: physiological mechanisms and clinical implications. Medicine & science in sports & exercise.

Warm weather boosts mood, broadens the mind. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://www.ur.umich.edu/0405/Oct25_04/31.shtml

How to Improve Mood, Raise Energy and Reduce Tension - PsyBlog. (2007, August 30). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/08/how-to-change-bad-mood-raise-energy-and.php

Mood matters. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://www.actionondepression.org/mood_matters/pages/menu-for-mood/

Sleep and Mood. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood

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First uploaded: March 20, 2015
Last updated: March 20, 2015