Fake yourself out
Literally turn that frown upside down: The act of smiling, even if you’re totally faking, can make you feel happier, psychologist Edward J. Cumella, PhD, told Reader’s Digest. Same goes for laughing, so watch a quick video of your favorite comedian or TV show, or the recorded antics of your pet or toddler.
Try colour therapy
Wearing red can help you feel more confident, which might help you stare down that bad mood and send it packing. And even if Kermit says it’s not easy being green, colour psychologists tell us that wearing — or even just seeing! — a nice fresh green can evoke happiness. Need to feel more relaxed? Then try a blue hue. (Here’s even more cool details about colour therapy.)
Tune in to a tune
Music is a known mood-booster, so pop on an upbeat playlist of your favorites and cheer up quickly. Research has found that listening to music can reduce the pain and anxiety of surgery, so it should work when you just need a perk-up! It has a cumulative effect, too. If you want a longer-lasting mood boost, prescribe yourself at least one happy song a day.