Thursday, July 30, 2015
Good Housekeeping: A to Z Guide to Feeling Happier Part 2
O: OPEN an orange. The smell of orange can calm you. Certain aromas trigger nostalgic feelings. P: PICK up the tab. Treating a friend offers a big happiness boost. Just spending even $5 on another person can make significant difference in your mood. Q: QUIET time. Sometimes taking your mind off of what you need to focus on, can lead you to creative solutions. 10 to 20 minute breaks every 2 hours helps your brain to maintain peak function. R: RUB down. A massage can ease anxiety in as little as 5 minutes. S: SAVE up. Saving for something special gives the satisfaction of anticipation. T: TUNE in. Listening to upbeat music will boost your mind. Any tune will do as long as it lifts your spirits and makes you feel exuberant. U: UNPLUG at night. Turning off and unplugging electronics before bed can improve your brain in the long run. V: VACATION Research suggest there's joy in anticipating a trip, not just taking it. W: Wine A study found that people who drank 2 to 7 glasses of wine a week, were less likely to get depressed. X: X-PRESS Creatively expressing yourself can reduce fatigue and even depression. Y: YOUTUBE clips that make you laugh, can give you a rush of feel-good endorphins and reduce stress hormones helping you relax almost instantly. Z: ZZZ Naps deliver a restorative effect that can turn a bad day good. Sleep plays a huge role in you mental state.