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Positive Psychology

20 Proven Ways to Boost Your Mood and Stay Happy

Is quarantine making you grumpy? Check out these 20 Ways to be in a good mood – always!

You will always find two types of people in this world – the grunting and growling souls storming around with a sour face, and the gleefully grinning ones with positivity blanketing their body and smile adorning their face!

Contrary to conventional thinking, the latter kind is not exceptionally blessed, but they have successfully cultivated a culture of living in a good mood!

Scientific researches have revealed that focusing on good mood not only releases happy hormones, but it also attracts more positivity and goodness into ones live.

Multiple studies state that living in a happy vibe enhances cognitive functions, improves immunity, fights fatigue and shields one from a myriad of diseases.

So, after years of research and close observation on this subject, I have assembled 20 tremendous tools that would surely help you to live in a good mood zone at all times – 

20 ways to be in a good mood

1. Sleep up to the good mood

This is the best way to uplift your mood.

Sleep deprivation is a known troublemaker.

It makes you foggy-headed and irritated. It is a trigger for anger, indigestion and bad decision making.

Ayurveda suggests sleeping 7 to 8 hours every night is the essential dose of rest that keeps your mood fresh, skin glowing and body healthy!

2. Wake early to awaken your mood

This is a known secret that early risers tend to exhibit a better mood than the late runners.

Having a few moments of peace in the morning is the best thing one can gift themselves.

Starting the day on a hassle-free, stress-free note sets the tone for the whole day!

Also Read: Success, Health and Happiness belong to the 5 am club: Are you not a member yet?

3. Move and your mood will grow

Exercising is the next amazing tool to lift up a dampen mood.

In fact, researchers say that dedicating the first twenty minutes of the day to exercise can bullet your day from negative vibes.

Whether it’s a walk in the park or hitting the gym. Yoga or dance. Any movement in the first twenty minutes of the day unlocks the reservoir of happy hormones!!

4. Gratitude diary the canon of good mood

The secret to being invariably in a positive state lies in the white pages of a gratitude diary.

The first twenty minutes of exercise should be followed by the next few moments of reflection and gratitude.

Remembering the things to be grateful for uplifts your mood. It inspires you to achieve more. This is the secret tool all leaders swear by!

Also, Read – Proven health benefits of Gratitude diary writing!

5. Meditation the food for your mood!

Are you missing on the goodness of meditation?

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools to enhance mental health.

It calms the mind, relaxes the nerves and lights up the mood.

But that’s not it!

It builds a shield that protects the body from the wrecks of anxiety. Meditation is a treatment to depression and stress. It further protects you from myriad of mental illness.

6. Good Book means good mood!

Start your day by reading a few pages of a good book early in the morning. This offers you the wisdom to tackle the bouncers the day might throw.

A good book helps you to escape to a different zone. It takes you to different places. And offer the mind the right feed to ponder upon!

7. Watering your mind for good mood

We all know how important it is to keep the body hydrated.

But did you know drinking ample water is good for the mood too?

Hydration helps the brain function better. It is a lesser-known mood enhancer.

Not to forget the miracles of this elixir in losing weight, healthy skin, superb digestion and perfect elimination.

8. Good food makes your mood

Diet can have a greater impact on your mood of the day.

Skip your breakfast and you will already start grumpy.

Eat tasteless junk and you will loathe your life.

Eat unhealthy food and guilt you grab you by the neck.

So, eating a healthy nutritious diet at the right time makes you blissfully happy and satisfied. It is another simple but sturdy tool for a good mood!

9. Digital Detox – the ultimate mood enhancer

Believe it or not! We all have evolved into cyber zombies.

Our hands automatically extend to the phone even at the illusion of a beep.

We scroll through the useless feeds. Binge on mindless shows. Compare our life to the envious pictures on social media. This sure is a mood killer.

A digital detox even for an hour a day can work as a mood enhancer!

10. Cuddles and cradles to brighten your mood

A paper published in ‘PLOS One’ stated that a single hug can attenuate negative mood.

Not just that studies proved that adults who indulge in hugs are less likely to fall sick and recover faster.

Cuddling is the perfect stress-buster.

A gentle hug to your partner, baby or even the pet can instantly uplift your mood. Hugs are also helpful for the heart, in fighting depression and in relieving pain.

Experts say – “We need 4 hugs a day for survival.  8 hugs a day for maintenance. 12 hugs a day for growth.”

11. Declutter your room, unbox happy mood!

Clutter is one of the main triggers of stress, anxiety and unhappy mood.

Chaotic surrounding is a constant reminder of the things undone. This create undue pressure on the back of the mind.

Clearing the clutter is also said to be therapeutic which helps in improving the mood!

12. Step out to lit up your mood

Stepping out of the house. Taking a gentle stroll. And doing things that you love to do can help in restoring a good mood.

Going out for a walk is an amazing therapy for depression. 

The changed surroundings also helps you in switching the mood.

13. Tackle the challenges and change your mood

Running away from the challenges is a temporary fix that does not even work!

It creates a web of stress, anxiety and worries that starts to strangle your mood.

Addressing the challenges helps in finding a solution. It also makes you feel good once the burden is gone!

14. Preach Positivity for a positive mood

Positivity is a habit rather than a mood!

And anyone can develop this habit by constantly practising positivity.

No matter how tricky the situation is, keeping your head in the right space can help you sail through the swamps.

Cultivate a habit of seeing the bright side in everything. And you will never be in a bad mood ever again.

15. Listen to good music

This is a known formula! But it is so impactful that I had to add it to the list.

Listening to good music even for 15 minutes can improve your mood. It can increase your concentration and enhance productivity.

Tune in the music to tackle the day in a better way!

16. Massage your body spark your mood

There is nothing more relaxing than a good deep massage.

Treating the tissues, churning out the pain and relaxing the tendons is definitely a mood lifter.

Adding the aroma of essential oils can further increase its impact!

17. Good posture for a good mood!

It might come to you as a surprise, but just by improving your posture, you can improve your mood!

Sit upright. Walk with a head high. Stand straight. And experience the difference in your mood!

18. Variety is the key to unlock good mood

Be spontaneous. Unpredictable. Unstoppable.

Use your holidays and weekends to unleashed life in the wild!

Go shopping when you feel like and hiking when you crave for adventures. Don’t miss the pleasure of short trips. And treasure the stuff that makes you happy.

Remember a messy house is better than a messy mind! You can push the chores to some other day. But don’t miss the fun on weekends.

19. Balancing Herbs to balance your mood!

Ayurveda prescribes balancing herbs to improve the mood.

The ancient texts highly hail Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Jatamansi and Pudina. They are very effective in combating stress and elevating mood.

You may also try Indian Gooseberry, Dried Ginger, Long Pepper and Licorice. They are amazing adoptogens that work wonders in improving a sour mood.

20. Beauty around beauty within

Make an extra effort to fill your surroundings with beautiful things that have a special meaning to you.

Adorn your wall with the photos of loved ones. Deck the room with artifacts of your interests. Paint the rooms with hues you love. Or arrange things in a way that speaks to you.

Experiment, explore and find the things you love!

Conclusion – 20 Ways to be in a good mood!

Being happy is a full-time job and it comes to those who make an effort. Your happiness is not dependent on the person you love but it is a child of your mind. Feed the child right and see joy sprouting around. Try these amazing tips and write back to me about your new-found mood!!!!

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Sarvotham Kudva April 8, 2020 at 7:17 am

Yes ,what is said in this chapter is very true. If not fully, I have many of these habits of good food,walk,meditation, drinking water ,etc. I wish all present generation follow these advise.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 9:56 am

this is nice to know. thank you sir

Ambika Nayak April 8, 2020 at 7:31 am

It is very good massage sir thank you for the message

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

thank you

Amit Raathore April 8, 2020 at 7:33 am

Dear Dr. Brahmanand
This article is excellent guide to the humanities at the very right time when we all are facing one of the biggest challenge for the human survival. Your contribution to the society towards the safe medicines and healthy life style is commendable.
Hope you will continue to support us through your valuable insight.
Please take good care and God bless you.
Amit Raathore

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

thank you sir

Anagha bhat April 8, 2020 at 8:26 am

Happy, happy and happy…
The world sure isn’t that sappy..
Let’s turn on the positive vibes..
And make beautiful lives ❤️

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 9:54 am

thank you

Chandrika Gururaj April 8, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Amazing topic Dr . All the pointers help to introspect our lives . Personally I like the concept of maintaining a gratitude journal .
Thanks for motivating and giving us great advice 👍🙏🏼

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Thank you madam

Gururaj Kulkarni April 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

One of the best blogs that is educating and refreshing with new thoughts. We discuss contents of this blogs at our dinner table. Trust me some of these blogs can be bookmarked to be read again and again. Thanks to Sri Brahmanand Nayak for taking considerable efforts to share his experience via blog. Keep going and keep educating sir.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 8, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Thank you so much

Srinivas Raitha April 10, 2020 at 4:32 am

Once again a great booster for our daily life. Your blog is educating us enormously. The main important thing is we should practice and implement them in our daily life.

Thank you so much sir.

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 10, 2020 at 5:45 am

hope you put this in practice. good luck. thank you

VANITHA G April 10, 2020 at 8:57 am

Thank you Sir, as usual educative and a guide for our daily life.. your advice and blogs have helped me to takeup yoga, meditation , walking and maintaining gratitude dairy in my life.. thank you for making many lives better like mine.. will try to follow the rest too

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 10, 2020 at 9:13 am

it’s my pleasure

Srinivas Raitha April 11, 2020 at 6:07 am

Yes sir, practicing

Dr. Brahmanand Nayak April 11, 2020 at 7:08 am


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