• Thanks, Alicea…. Thinking of you and the ongoing splendor of your daily dress… the art form of it… wow, that improves my mood! And this list was helpful, humorous (#12) and useful, thanks!

    From Merlyn
    November 23, 2012

  • Alicea…an excellent post. Lots to think about here. I love your post #20…that says it all! Thanks.

    From Trev Witt
    November 24, 2012

  • Merlyn, I’m glad to know that I can make you smile from so far away–I always love reading your comments on H3Daily :-)

    From Alicea
    November 26, 2012

  • Trev, #20 is definately a good one! I also practice #3 daily :-)

    From Alicea
    November 26, 2012

20 Ways to Improve Your Mood

As we take a moment to reflect on all the blessings in our lives we have to be thankful for, ask yourself if you’re getting the most out of each day. We often look to others to brighten our spirits but what can we do to make each moment even more vibrant? We all know that as the days get shorter and cooler our moods tend to do follow suit. Each day, try doing one of the items on the list below to help better your mood.

1. Take a warm bath or shower.
2. Get a good night’s sleep.
3. Listen to music (and don’t be afraid to sing along—loudly).
4. Get some fresh air. Don’t let the cool air scare you from enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy your Sunday morning breakfast and coffee on the deck or go for a stroll through the park.
5. Do something generous for others. There are plenty of opportunities to help others. Whether donating to a toy drive or helping a neighbor rake leaves, no act of kindness goes unnoticed.
6. Think positively.
7. Compliment others AND yourself.
8. Pull up the blinds or open the curtains and let the sun shine in.
9. Light a candle to fill the room with a warm holiday scent.
10. Bring life to each room with a fresh bouquet of flowers.
11. Give your home an easy facelift by changing out the light fixtures and chandeliers or hanging new artwork on the walls.
12. Eat more foods that grow on plants than are manufactured in them.
13. Stretch before bed a couple nights each week.
14. Watch or do something silly. There are few things more contagious than laughter and a smile.
15. Pamper yourself. Take the time to do something special just for you. Schedule a haircut, get your nails done, purchase new undergarments, or block off some “me” time to catch up on the book you’ve been dying to finish. Do something that makes you feel better about yourself.
16. Stick to your exercise routine. Even if you find it hard to fit in fitness this time of year, focus on what you are actually able to accomplish and not on any missed targets. Remember Lisette and David’s song, “progress, not perfection.”
17. Spend time with others. Don’t skip the holiday party or game night because you don’t feel like leaving the house. Surround yourself with good company and laughter and fond memories are sure to sprout.
18. Let go of any negative energy you’re holding onto and forgive.
19. A friend always encourages me to live with the three E’s – energy, enthusiasm and empathy. Keep the three E’s in the back of your mind throughout the day.
20. Pray and give thanks.

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