Surefire Ways to Creating a Better Mood
Is it possible to create a better mood for yourself? Can you do it for others? If it is possible, why isn’t everyone always happy?
One reason why people don’t improve their mood more often is that they don’t know they can. From early childhood, we understand that we have different feelings and moods, but they were usually classified as BAD mood or GOOD mood. Do you recall your parents or friends making you feel better if you were in a bad mood?
My 12-year old daughter is an achiever and a leader (yes, she tends to boss us around…..in a good way) and as a pre-teen some incidents can trigger mood changes! Who do you think gets to hear her rant?
As a parent, it’s my responsibility to shift her focus from negative to positive. But at your workplace, it’s your responsibility to create better mood for yourself, or you can do what your parents and friends did for you when you were young - cheer up your “usually-friendly” co-worker who’s in a bad mood by reframing appropriately.
If you want to better your mood:
Start hanging out with upbeat people.
There’s nothing like a sourpuss to bring down a group. These toxic people seem to go out of their way to make sure everyone is miserable. By avoiding these people, you have less chance of being in a bad mood at the start. My mentor, Michael Losier, says, “Protect your bubble”
Create an environment for yourself that lifts your spirits.
If a certain type of music gets you pumped, play that music more often. Some people like to burn incense or diffuse essential oils as they feel it can positively alter their moods.
Reflect on your life and be grateful for what you have.
You have a lot to be thankful for if you're in good health or if your family is in good health.
Think about something you’re discouraged or frustrated about. It might be good to write it down, and even write down your feelings about the whole situation. Now, think about how it could have been worse.
Your mood will naturally increase towards the positive when you start appreciating.
Try not to worry about the mundane issues in your life.
They are going to happen whether you worry or not. Just take care of them, if they are within your control, so that they aren’t hanging over your head. Don’t let things build to the point that they become a major matter.
I just finished filing my taxes and I have to pay back $2300. Ouch! Of course, at first I wasn’t very happy that I had to dish out money, but I quickly realized that it’s within my control to either keep complaining about it or let it go. I started to reflect and be thankful about what I had in my life and I began feeling much better.
Change up your routine.
If you are doing the same activities day in and day out, this can make anyone feel in a bad mood. Try stepping up your game and do something out of the ordinary. In fact, make it a point to do this once every month.
Both my husband and I had to take a course on a Sunday afternoon in a town 2 hours away from home. We took our daughter with us. The course finished at 5 p.m. and we’d be home by 7 p.m. in time to prepare for Monday (school, work, meals and so on). However, since we hardly go the movies, we spontaneously decided to go to the cinemas. We got home at 11 p.m., but it was so nice to spend some time away from home and just relax and be happy.