The ability to feel good is not dependent on external events. Throughout the day, you will encounter numerous circumstances that can put you in a bad mood – if you let them. And the same principle applies to a sour mood as the result of negative thinking – whether it’s pessimism, self-criticism or excessive worrying. You always have the freedom to choose a better mood. Here are seven tips that will help put you into a good mood:
Activate a Pleasant Thought
There are a number of ways you can do this. For instance, you can think of something awe-inspiring. It could be a sunset, or a mountain, or a person. Or, you could think of a pleasant experience you have had and relive it in your imagination. You could think about your goals and how wonderful you’re going to feel when you accomplish them. The list is endless, but the end result is the same: you’ll get into a better mood.
Act the Part
You have probably heard the expression, “fake it till you make it.” Feelings follow actions, and by acting as if you are in a good mood you will end up being in a good mood. You’ll be amazed at how effective this technique is at lifting your spirits.
In his book, “The Power of Intention,” Wayne W. Dyer notes that by simply affirming repeatedly (silently or aloud) “I want to feel good,” you can shift your emotional state. It’s a simple yet powerful way to get into a good mood. Of course, you don’t have to use this particular affirmation. Any affirmation that proclaims your intention to feel good will work just as well. Choose one that resonates with you and see for yourself how effective it is at getting you into a good mood.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
You are no doubt familiar with the saying “count your blessings.” Indeed, counting your blessings is an enormously effective way to get into a good mood. Studies show that expressing gratitude results in a host of benefits, including increased alertness, enthusiasm and determination. So focus on all the things in your life for which you’re grateful: your family, your health, your dog, etc.
Read or Listen to Something Inspiring
Reading an inspiring quotation or scriptural passage can put you into a good mood instantly. And so can listening to your favorite music. It’s always a good idea to have such material at hand, so make a point of collecting inspiring quotations, self-help books and music.
Have Great Friends
Spending time with an upbeat friend can be a powerful way to get into a good mood. It’s imperative, therefore, that you cultivate a network of supportive friends who exude positive energy. Tapping in to that network is a surefire way to get into a good mood. Just make sure that your relationships are reciprocal, and that you’re there for your friends when they need you.
Practice Random Kindness
Studies show that extending kindness activates “feel good” chemicals in the brain called endorphins. You will have countless opportunities to extend kindness in the course of a day. For example, you could let somebody go ahead of you at the checkout line in the grocery store. Or you could pay the toll for the car behind you at a toll booth. Or help an elderly lady cross the street. You get the picture. The bottom line is that kindness will make you – and the recipient of your kindness – feel wonderful.
The foregoing techniques are all powerful mood enhancers that you can practice every day. Remember, you always have the choice to use any one of them (or all of them) to get into a good mood. Are you game?