Take time to write down your goals and what you desire. Your mood will increase as you realize what is truly important in your life and what you want to accomplish.
Health Tip: Think of solutions to your problems and don't allow the set backs in your life affect your mood. Realize that you have the power to turn circumstances around!
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine has shown to improve mood and boost energy.
Tweak your diet to eat more nutritious,"real foods", that have a great impact on how you feel. Examples are, omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium, tryptophan, folate and other B vitamins, low glycemic foods, and chocolate. (See info-graphic with examples of these foods below.)
"When you eat a healthy diet, your body reaps the benefits. For example, when you eat fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains throughout the day you keep your body fueled and your blood sugar level on an even keel. And you're getting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Combining carbohydrates and proteins enhances the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter said to have a calming effect and to play a role in sleep." (Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., Mayo Clinic)
Getting in exercise will likely increase your happiness as well. You don't need a long gym routine to feel the effects and receive benefits from working out. Studies have shown that just around 5 minutes of moderate exercise gives a mood-enhancement effect.
Healthy Tip: Try drinking 1 cup of coffee before a 15-20 minute nap. Scientists have observed that doing this is extremely effective in helping you be alert. (Check out this great article about it here!)
Get out in Nature
Breathe in fresh air, listen to the birds, feel the sunlight! Research suggests nature is effective in improving moods and combating depression.
"Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell." (See the full article, from University of Minnesota, here)
Doing good deeds goes a long way. Volunteering has been shown to lift depression and improve moods, as you take time out of your own stress and problems to help others. This is also a perfect way to meet people, acquire new skills, and become a happier person in general.