Of course a balanced diet, exercise, hydration, and sleep can all work to improve our mood. But sometimes I could use a little extra boost. I did some digging to find unusual ways to get. happy. fast. Here are my 6 favorites…
1. Drink Banana Tea
Simmer a banana skin in water for 10 minutes, let it cool and then sip the water. Researchers from Taiwan found banana peels contain ingredients that may increase levels of serotonin, a happy hormone.
2. Doodle Pictures of Food
Research suggests that drawing comfort foods or sweet treats improves a sour mood. Sketching pizza, cupcakes or strawberries may improve your mood by almost 30%.
3. Get Some Light
Light therapy may improve mood & energy by triggering the release of serotonin. Try putting a Happy Light at your desk.
4. Order Groceries Online
This study suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as grocery delivery, it can make them feel a little happier. It’s a way to buy back what has become a scarce resource: free time.
5. Add Vitamin D
Research suggests people w/ low vitamin D may experience a better mood when they get more of the vitamin. Get a little vitamin D boost with a supplement like this.
6. Fake a Grin
Even a forced smile will trigger more positive feelings. 😉 😉 😉
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