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6 Easy ways to brighten your mood

Whenever you are feeling angry, sad, frustrated or just plain out of it, take simple steps to brighten your mood.

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Add color to your life

Wearing brightly colored clothes, painting a wall in your home or adding bold accessories is an effective, simple way to brighten your mood. Research has shown that color therapy is a natural way to change your attitude and lift your spirits.

Get some fresh air

Open your windows, take a hike or lounge in the park. Getting some fresh air and sunshine allows you to clear your head and improves your mood. You’ll find that the vitamin D from the sun is also very beneficial to your overall health.

Adopt a pet

People with pets are gernerally happier people. Pets provide unconditional love and give you the satisfaction of taking care of something. Spending a few minutes a day petting a dog or cat has also been shown to help lower blood pressure — which can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Check out the other ways pets benefit your physical and mental health.

Make a list of compliments

Every time someone gives you a compliment, write it down in a journal or notebook. You can also make it into a positivity scrapbook and include greeting cards that you’ve received, positive performance reviews from work and any awards and accolades you’ve received. Next time you are feeling blue, just pull out your scrapbook; you’ll instantly feel better.

Start exercising

Exercise isn’t just good for your physical health, it also improves your mood through the release of feel-good chemicals — endorphins. Regular exercise can reduce anxiety and stress, leaving you happier and healthier.

Fake it ’til you make it

Smile, even when you are feeling down and out. By forcing yourself to smile and laugh, you can actually become happier. Also, surround yourself with family and friends or pop a comedy into your DVD player. Even if you are faking your mood at first, you’ll be happy again before you know it.

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