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?


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