4 Secrets to Elevating a Sour Mood

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1. Tell a joke.

Laughter increases the release of endorphins, compounds that give you a sense of well-being. Without a doubt, joyful people live longer and healthier lives. So watch your favorite comedy, rent a new movie, practice a new joke and laugh it up!

2. Weight train.

You don't need pills to flood your body with rejuvenating biochemicals. Research has found that doing squats and leg presses (weight training) will greatly increase your natural production of "mood hormones". Increased mood translates to an elevated sense of direction, among other physical benefits. Keep it up with weight training. And when you don't feel like going to the gym, that's when you need to the most. Get in there!

3. Take a deep breath.

Breathing correctly is important for dispelling the toxins and wastes from your body; in fact, it is estimated that we expel only about 30 percent the toxins in our bodies through the bowels, bladder and perspiration; the rest is all respiratory. Breathing is also a great way to clear your mind, boost your energy, and improve your mood. Practice deep, slow, rhythmic, breathing when you're feeling challenged and stressed. Take a break and tell yourself you are not going to do anything self defeating. After the moment passes, you'll be less likely to go for the cheesecake. Just Breath!

4. Act as if...

Experts say the action precedes the feeling. That means, as you act so shall you feel. If you act as though things are too hard, and you'd rather fall off your eating strategy, or skip the gym, that's the way you'll feel. On the other hand, if you act as though you are going to reach your goal, you're going to exercise consistently, and you're feeling upbeat, you will. When you need to change your mood, act as if it's already happened and notice the result!

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This article was published on 2010/04/01