5 quirky mood boosters
Forget lavender spray or doing some exercise and instead try one of these alternative ways to take you from bleurgh to bursting with joy in an instant!
1. Pat a pooch
A study by the University of Missouri–Columbia showed that patting a dog for just 15 minutes brightens your mood. This is because petting cute creatures releases serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, all of which make you feel better and release stress. And it’s not just dogs that can lower your stress levels – petting cats or other furry friends has the same effect.
2. Sniff dirty laundry
To be specific, your other half’s dirty laundry! There is a chemical in sweat that lifts a woman’s mood, especially if it’s from their romantic partner. Researchers actually proved this by putting man sweat onto the upper lip of women. Amazingly, they reported that they felt much happier than before. So if you’re having a bad day or suffering from PMS, a sniff of his dirty pants might just make you feel better… if you dare!
3. Drink banana peel tea
Bananas contain lots of goodies including tryptophan and vitamin B6 to help boost your mood, however, it seems we’ve been throwing away the bit that has boosts happiness even more. Scientists in Taiwan claim that banana peel contains ingredients that can increase levels of serotonin in the brain. Obviously peel isn’t that tasty but if you boil the skin in water for about 15 minutes and then sip the cooled concoction, you’ll soon be feeling full of joy!
4. Paint your nails green or yellow
In a study from a Dutch university, respondents reported feeling happier when around the colours green and yellow. For the ultimate upbeat injection you could paint your favourite room these colours, but for a much more manageable mood boost, why not paint your nails instead? We’re currently coveting Rimmel’s Sweetie Crush polish in Sherbert Sweetheart (£3.99, Superdrug) and Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI (£12.50, Debenhams).
5. And if none of these work, fake it!
Forcing yourself to smile, even if you don’t feel like it, can actually make you happier.Research from the University of Cardiff showed that those people surveyed who had been injected with Botox were happier than the average person. While you might think it’s because they were happier with their younger-looking appearance, researchers believe it’s because they are no longer able to frown due to the injections! So if you’re feeling low, plaster on a smile and you might just feel happier for real.