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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Mood

4. Be Happy for No Reason
Play and be happy even if you don’t feel like it. You can be happy wherever you are. Do something silly: Put on some music and dance in circles until you’re dizzy. Make faces to your kids or in the mirror. In other words, do something that makes you smile. The purpose of our lives is to be happy. However, you are only as happy as you make up your mind to be. You control your happiness; no one else does.

5. Breathe
Breathing is a no-brainer, right? Most of the time, because we aren’t aware of the breaths we take, we breathe very shallowly. Consciously focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths can relieve stress and increase relaxation immediately. It’s very easy to do. Here’s how: Sit back. Place one hand on the abdomen and one hand on the lower ribs. Practice filling up those areas with air. In other words, take a breath that starts in your abdomen and works its way up your body. Control your breathing by breathing in for 3 to 5 seconds, hold for the same amount of time and exhale then exhale the air out through your mouth slowly. Do this for 3 minutes and you will feel the stress melt away.

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6:48AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

thx, nice

3:22PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

thanks!

11:42AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

thanks

12:57PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Noted with thanks.

2:22PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Nice article.

9:26PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

As a teenage school boy I found the ups and downs in mood to be too fast too graph as hormones raged. I had read in a newspaper that hospitals in the UK were painted green because it had been found that this colour relaxed the patients. I thought it would be a great idea to stare at a piece of green paper in order to relax myself, but green cardboard from the stationery shop had no effect. Undeterred, I tried other colours and came upon one which did relax me. I then set about testing the colours of the rainbow in the stationery shop on other people that were stressed and found that everyone has a colour of cardboard that has a soporific affect. The Tension Sheet was born. I soon carried out a test on those with high blood pressure, and found that The Tension Sheet reduced the blood pressure to lower than normal figures in just minutes and recommend that a tension sheet is carried at all times, and that a chill-out room should be painted in the right colour in every tension sufferers home. It is certainly easier to stare at a correctly coloured piece of cardboard or wall for a few minutes than the interference with breathing patterns that most mediation involves. And it has better results. The Tension Sheet was also the first treatment I invented for mental illness and cured several homeless people with it in my school town. Both their own Doctors and local Clergy verified that they were cured.

3:54PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

be happy, don't worry!!!

1:42PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thanks for the reminders.

6:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

5:40AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Great article, thanks!

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