Let's be honest: life can be a bummer. Work, chasing kids, bad weather, money issues, and all of life's other joys can definitely take their toll. Plus, to top it off, every Tom, Dick, and Sally with a smartphone can barf out every dumb thought they have into the ether.
All of this can be a lot to handle and get us down at times; though we're going to make the assumption that if you're reading this you are probably alive, unless of course you are some form of the undead like a zombie or something.
If you are alive (we hope you're not a zombie), then there are a million reasons to zap yourself out of your blues and enjoy this life you're living.
However, doing a 180 and returning to happy when you're in a bad mood is easier said then done. That's where these mood boosting hacks come in.
The 5 mood boosting hacks below will help you reverse your funk, boost your health, and get you back to whistling with the birds in no time.
Warning: Side effects of these hacks may include kissing babies, high-fiving strangers, singing in public, or freezing your face in a permanent Joker like smile.
So be careful!
5 Ways to Boost Your Mood Instantly
#1: Get In Touch With The Earth
The electric frequency of our body is the same as the ground we walk on. However, when we wear shoes or walk on cement we are disconnected from the earth and our bodies can build up too much positive electricity.
When this happens, researchers believe it can lead to an over-stimulation of the nervous system, inflammation, disease, and even a bad mood (depression).
The next time you're pissed off at your boss, take your shoes off and walk in the grass for 5-10 minutes. When you do this your body will instantly absorb negative ions from the ground to balance out the electric charge of your body.
You'll be amazed at how calm you feel just by connecting with the earth. It may sound like some crazy yoga practice, but it is actually backed by research. Click below to watch a great YouTube video on the subject.
#2: Do Some Sun Worshipping
Okay, so we're not suggesting you go out side and worship the sun like some pagan god. What we're suggesting here is that you take your shirt off and get some sunlight on your body.
The sun is the source of all life on this earth, yet we avoid it for fear it will kill us. We spend most of our lives indoors and as a result, most people are severely Vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D is essential to the production of testosterone and other hormones, so get outside and get some sun on your skin. Just a few minutes a day can have a huge impact on your body and mental health.
#3: Do Some Cross Body Movement or Exercise
Cross body exercise stimulates the brain and releases endorphins. Things like crawling, indian clubs, arm-swings, and other exercises where you cross the mid-line of your body are great for snapping your brain out of a funk.
If you're in a bad mood try doing some arm swings, or close your eyes and swing some indian clubs. It will distract you from your problems and help build the connections within the brain.
#4: Hang Upside Down
This may seem like a weird thing to do, but inverting your body can help boost your mood, decompress the spine, and take your mind off your worries. It also helps circulate a ton of oxygenated blood hiding in your legs and floods the brain with it.
If you don't have an inversion table, try doing a handstand next to a wall or tree. Refer to our demo in the video below.
#5: Eat a Pile of Romaine Lettuce
Romaine lettuce, especially the white bitter part, contains powerful chemicals that have a drug like effect on your brain and instantly release neurotransmitters and other chemicals that boost your mood.
The next time you feel like drowining you blues in a bottle of Pino Grigio, grab a head of romaine lettuce, turn that bad boy around, and chomp on the while stem near the bottom.
You'll be glad you did.
Conclusion: Life is awesome, so don't let the little things get you down. You're alive and that's really all you need to be happy. You don't need millions of dollars, fancy clothes, or any of the other material things we associate with happiness. You simply need to enjoy the moment and exist.
The next time you are feeling blue or overwhelmed by life's worries, stop what you are doing and give these quick hacks a try. You'll be surprised at how quickly you rebound.