7 Mood Boosters That Don’t Cost a Thing

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A walk in the park or other green place may lift a bad mood. Walking in nature boosts "happy hormones," which govern mood, 3-fold.

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Take a walk in the park

Many instructors and public presenters start with a joke or quip for a purpose. Laughter in a group may reduce stress and revitalize and bind everyone.

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Laugh it off

Smell may directly connect with the amygdala, which regulates emotions. Scents that evoke happy or nostalgic memories might reduce stress and anxiety. 

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Try some aromatherapy

When you're depressed and frustrated, it's normal to seek physical and emotional comfort from others. You may already know that hugs and other physical contact produce oxytocin and bring you closer to loved ones.

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Give yourself a hug

Picture this: Cleaning the home, arranging files, or doing anything else you dislike. A radio station or music streaming service plays in the background.

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Turn up the tune

Maybe you feel confined because you can't improve your condition right now. Focus on someone else instead of worrying and stressing yourself.

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Try a random act of kindne

For those who have had a long, hard day or who have an event that makes them feel stressed, a quick message of love and support can really help them feel better.

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Call a loved one

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