I have some scientifically proven ways to boost your mood:
First: Go for a walk or hop on a treadmill. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. That’s because it releases a flood of feel-good brain chemicals, like dopamine and endorphins. In fact, two hours of aerobic exercise a week can slash symptoms of depression in half.
Then, get more sleep. Studies show that sleep deprivation hurts the part of our brain that processes happy memories, which leaves us dwelling on negative memories instead. In fact, in one study, sleep-deprived volunteers remembered 81-percent of words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they only remembered one-third of positive words, like “sunshine.”
Another happiness booster? Have family game night. A study published in the Journal of Socio-Economics found that relationships with family and friends boost happiness levels more than even a $100,000 dollar raise would. And even if we could increase our income by hundreds of thousands of dollars, we still wouldn’t be as happy as if we increased the strength of our relationships.
And eat lunch outside. A study found that spending just 20 minutes outdoors boosts our mood. That’s because nature calms our nervous system and makes us feel more connected to the outside world.