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4 Quick and Easy Pick Me Ups

When you’re in a bad mood, it’s easy to wallow in it. But wouldn’t you rather get over the funk and move on? Here are some of the best ways to do just that.

Listening to Your Favorite Music

Between Pandora, YouTube and Spotify, you’re bound to find some music that you love and will lift your spirits. Some of the best songs to lift you up, depending on your music preference, include “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, “Scream” by Usher, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, “In Da Club” by 50 Cent, or “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Dance around your living room like no one’s watching and just let all the stress and gloom seep out of you.

Watching Funny Videos or Looking at Funny Pictures

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Nothing lifts your mood quite like seeing other people making a fool of themselves on video. A quick search on YouTube reveals a trove of videos of guys getting hit in the goods, bike and skateboarding tricks gone awry, and a lot of people just being stupid. Alternately, funny pictures are a great way to laugh as well. Some of the best are the optical illusion pictures where it looks like a girl is naked, but it’s really her friend’s arm, and, of course, any cat that can’t spell.

Laughing at Favorite Sitcoms

It’s been shown that laughter can have a positive effect on your health. It relaxes the whole body, relieving stress and physical tension, and you remain relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter also encourages the body to produce more infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells, helping the body as a whole to resist disease.

Sitcoms are one of the best ways to ensure you’ll be laughing. Go for classics like “Seinfeld,” “That ’70s Show” or “The Simpsons”, or rewatch episodes of newer shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Raising Hope,” or “The Office.” Whatever comedies you enjoy best, plan a comedy-marathon with your favorite episodes.

Getting in on the Action Movies

Sometimes, instead of sitcoms, you want something with more action. Watching one of your favorite action movies might do the trick. “Men in Black” is always a favorite, with plenty of action and an endless stream of jokes. Jackie Chan has been in a lot of fun flicks that are perfect for laughs, like “Rush Hour,” where you’ll find amazing stunts along with witty dialogue. Other fun action comedies include the Lethal Weapon franchise and the Transformers movies. By the end of the movie, your mood is sure to have lifted.

These are just a few ways to easily and quickly  lift your mood when you’re down. Consider inviting a friend over to join in on the fun. Having a friend to share it with will make you laugh even more. Do you use entertainment to shake off the blues? What do you do when you’re feeling down?

12 Responses to 4 Quick and Easy Pick Me Ups

  1. Dan Erickson says:

    These are great ideas, but they are also all passive (although music can be background) activities. For me, the best pick-me-ups are active: Getting outside, hiking, doing photography, playing my guitar or drums, writing. Productivity allow us to feel a sense of accomplishment and therefore might be a better pick-me-up than any passive activities. That’s kind of an oxymoron: “passive activity,” isn’t it?

  2. Josh - says:

    I love the Rush Hour blooper reel!

  3. Lea says:

    I watching my favorite sitcoms is my favorite pick my up. Comedies are my favorite genre because I feel like humor needs to be part of daily life. Life can get so serious and stressful, we all need to laugh to loosen up.


  4. Mallie | says:

    I read somewhere (citation needed) that it’s best to listen to music that fits the mood you are in rather than the mood you wish you were in. That’s why I like to go for a walk and listen to some angsty music if I’m upset. Maybe that’s counterintuitive!

  5. IWISHIGAF says:

    Great point

  6. Joseph Dabon says:

    Nice article. Not the run-of-the-mill type one can surf in the Net.

  7. everythingofcooking says:

    Right! In sad moments i practise this “Listening to Your Favorite Music”, sometimes with candles lit. Also i eat chocolate :)

  8. Abigail Clark says:

    This is very true. Getting out and doing something active is the best way to relieve stress. Even something as simple as stretching, because you can physically feel it. The ideas expressed in the article are just a few ways to find a pick me up. I recently saw The Fast and The Furious 6 and left with a huge smile on my face because my adrenaline was going from watching the car chases, something I cant do in my everyday life. Everyone has different ways in their life to have a pick me up, I cant play any instruments and I also live in Florida and during summer it is way to hot to hike. So these are great alternatives for anyone looking for them

  9. Abigail Clark says:

    In a nice hot bubble bath…. nice and relaxing :)

  10. Abigail Clark says:

    I LOVE country music. Most of the time listening to it makes me happy because its the type of music I enjoy. However if I’m sad, it tends to make me more upset. Most country songs are about how people have lost the love of their life and are depressing. So when I’m upset I, as well, listen to more upbeat and “angry” music. So I agree with your point :)

  11. Kevin says:

    Yeah, looking at funny pictures and videos are great and all, but that’s usually how I find myself bored, stuck in my house in the first place. Usually just walking outside is the first step to feeling better.

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