Make Yourself Over from the Inside Out
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Pep Talk1 of 11
By Alison Singh Gee
Need a few tricks to help you swap last year’s negativity for a brighter outlook? Gretchen Rubin, author of New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project — an account of the year she spent test-driving theories about how to be happier — shares her quick fixes for how to make over your mood … instantly.
Go Outside2 of 11
Research suggests that sunlight stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning. And while you’re outside …
Walk It Out3 of 11
Even a ten-minute brisk walk can give you a surge of energy and decrease your tension.
Act the Part4 of 11
We think we act because of the way we feel, but often we feel because of the way we act. Trick yourself into feeling happier by smiling, singing and putting more energy into your voice.
Get Jammin'5 of 11
Listening to your favorite song or hearing stimulating music gives you an instant lift.
Talk to an Energetic Pal6 of 11
Not only do we gain energy from interacting with other people, we also — in what’s called “emotional contagion” — “catch” their emotions. Instead of infecting others with your draggy mood, catch the energy of a boisterous friend.
Tackle Your To-Dos7 of 11
Just take one item — maybe you need to run a boring errand or make an unpleasant phone call — and you'll get a big rush once you cross it off your list.
Clean Up8 of 11
For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. If you feel overwhelmed and listless, try tidying up.
Jump!9 of 11
Yes, jump up and down a few times. It's amazing how energizing it is. You do feel a little goofy, but that's part of what makes it fun.
Do Something Nice for Someone Else10 of 11
Do good, feel good. It's the right way to behave, and it will really make you feel happier.
Look for Reasons to Be Grateful11 of 11
People who feel grateful tend to be happier. Also, gratitude crowds out unpleasant feelings like anger and resentment.