...all legitimate suggestions. {Source.}
…all legitimate suggestions. {Source.}

The other day, I found myself googling “how to get back into a good mood”. I woke up feeling great–motivated, happy, playful, whatever–but a few of the morning’s interactions, and a particularly obnoxious PMS flare-up, had virtually sucked all of the good mood vibes straight out of my system. I curled up on the couch with a blanket a moped for awhile before typing the above terms  into my phone’s search bar…I knew I wanted to be early-morning happy again, but I wasn’t quite sure how to make that happen. I didn’t want to work out. I didn’t want to meditate. I didn’t want to make a gratitude list. Nope, nope, no. After reading a few articles, however, I found some steps that work for me. Next time you’re in an emotional funk, try these out! Here are a few of my favorite quick happiness hacks.

1. Distract yourself with a game. I mean really distract yourself. You’re taking your mind off of the bad mood and directing your energy into achieving a fun goal. {Winning, obviously.} Do a word search. Play a couple rounds of Trivia Crack. Candy Crush. Fruit Ninja. Go back to 2006 and get a Sodoku book! Whatever works. Personally, I played Flappy Bird, which never fails to make me a little crazy, but crazy, in this case, was totally good.

2. Listen to your happy music. You know that pre-game playlist you have? The one for getting ready with your girls? Maybe the one you listen to before you’re about to go on a date? Plug it in and turn it up! My favorite happy girl songs include Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA“, Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock“, Icona Pop’s “I Love It“, and “Bad Girlz” by M.I.A. Nothing serious at all. It’s all about good beats, good vibes, and picking up that mood!

3. Have a little chocolate. I have a secret stash of emergency chocolate just for moments like these…it’s always coming in handy! Don’t gorge or anything, but by all means, have a treat! Chocolate is good for the soul.  It’s also scientifically proven to make you happier. My go-to treats are dark chocolate-covered almonds, because they’re crazy satisfying and still pretty healthy.

4. Laugh. Okay, this one is super weird, especially if you’re alone {jk, it’s super weird even if you’re with other people,} but laughter and smiling can instantly improve mood and decrease anxiety. Even if it’s not genuine! When I first read this tip online, I rolled my eyes. Like, right, I’m in a bad mood–I’m just going to sit here and smile and laugh about nothing? But then I DID it, and my fake laugh turned into a real laugh. Mostly because I was laughing at myself laughing about nothing. Alone. On the floor of my living room. Scaring my dogs. So yeah, it works. You can for sure also call someone funny, put on a comedy, or watch a funny YouTube video to provoke this response, of course.

How do you get happy?



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