Most of us want to get and stay in a “good mood”, and are seeking to establish a sense of happiness and security in the long term. Many factors influence our mood without us even realizing, including sleep, physical activity, diet, weather, season, posture, social well-being, financial stability, social media exposure, clutter, the news cycle, stress, menstrual cycle, and even the colors that you are wearing. Fortunately, there are steps you can take and habits you can cultivate that will make positive emotions more abundant and consistent in your everyday life.
While some require determination and repetition such as quality sleep and exercise, others are easy and fast to do. For example, gazing at flowers, taking deep breaths, smelling lavender, watching cat or dog videos, basking in the sunshine, giving a hug, and eating chocolate can all contribute to a good mood. These mood-boosting tips are backed by scientific studies, surveys, and research from all across the globe.