Would You Like to Lift Your Mood? Here Are 3 Great Ways…

3 Ways to Cheer Up

cheer up

Daniel Mazori |NaturalHealthMag.com

1. Read instead of watching TV.

In a 34-year-long survey of more than 25,000 people, those who described themselves as very happy were 21 percent more likely to read a newspaper, and they watched about three hours less television than those who were unhappy. “Happier people are more active and engage their minds and bodies,” says coauthor John P. Robinson, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.

Even Happier: Join a book club. The survey also reports that the happiest people socialize with friends, neighbors, and family.

2. Drink a warm beverage.

You’re significantly nicer to strangers after just holding a hot drink for ten seconds, according to a study in the journal Science. Researchers believe that physical warmth triggers psychological warmth.
Even Happier: Sprinkle on spices. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to that warm drink—they have all been studied as natural antidepressants.

3. Float in the tub.

After resting in a salted bath, patients’ anxiety and depression were lessened by about one fourth, according to a Swedish study published in the International Journal of Stress Management. Their levels of prolactin, a hormone that contributes to relaxation, rose by – READ MORE at: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/mind-body/3-ways-cheer#sthash.NL9zehy0.dpuf

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