15 Ways To Easily Boost Your Mood Right Now

15 Ways To Easily Boost Your Mood Right Now
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We all have days where we feel down in the dumps, discouraged, sad, or depressed.

Maybe you’re unhappy about something that happened recently in your personal life, stressed from work, or just bummed out from being stuck in the house all day studying.

15 Ways To Boost Your Mood Right Now

Luckily, these feelings aren’t permanent and they will get better if you find ways to get out of the funk and lift your spirits.

Here are 15 ways to help boost your mood right now so you can start feeling your best again and get back to being your awesome self.

how to boost your mood

1. Watch a light-hearted movie or show

Sometimes all you need to do to positively change your mood is to watch a funny movie or show.

Get your mind off of things by turning on your favorite comedy or rom-com, snack on your favorite food, and get some laughs in.

It’ll instantly make you feel happier.

2. Smile

Although you might not be in the mood to smile when you’re feeling sad or down, forcing yourself to physically smile will subconsciously put you in a better mood.

It might feel ridiculous when you first start to smile, but it really does work.

3. Buy yourself some flowers Or Plants

One of my favorite ways to instantly feel happier is to buy myself some fresh cut flowers that instantly brighten up the room.

If you aren’t into flowers, you can add some indoor plants to your home.

They’re scientifically shown to boost your mood just by being around them in under 20 minutes. These plants have such calming properties and can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression too.

flower bouquet

4. Exercise to produce endorphins

What better way to instantly feel better than to produce happy endorphins?

Get some exercise at the gym or outside and you’ll feel so much more happy and healthy.

And bonus – you’ll start to love your new figure as well.

5. Get together with your friends

Sometimes all you need is a get-together with your girlfriends to elevate your mood.

Go out and grab some drinks, spend time together, gossip, hear out each other’s problems, and catch up.

how to feel happier

6. List out what you’re grateful for

A change in perspective is sometimes all you need to entirely change your mood.

So instead of feeling down in the dumps and focusing on how bad you feel, repeat gratitude affirmations to yourself.

If you’re a pen to paper type of person, write down everything that you’re grateful for at this very moment in a wellness or gratitude journal.

Actually listing out how lucky you are to be where you are at this moment in time can be really eye-opening and decrease any negativity you may be feeling.

Check out my 101 Days Of Gratitude Journal for guided journal prompts that will inspire happiness, balance, and joy in your life. As you practice this new habit over the next few months, you will start to cultivate a mindset that will promote more positive thinking.

101 days of gratitude journal with inspirational prompts for a happier life

7. Be kind and help someone out

A very quick and easy way to instantly boost your mood is to help someone out.

Take time out of your day to make someone’s day better by doing them a small favor such as holding the door for a stranger or providing directions to someone who is lost.

Your act of kindness will rub off on others.

Not only will it make you feel great, it’ll put them in a good mood as well.

8. Take a day trip

Sometimes staying in the same environment for a long time can leave us feeling stuck in a rut so try to change it up every so often.

A great way to take a break is to get out of the city or town that you live in and travel to a nearby destination just for a day trip.

It can be relaxing, change your perspective, put you in a great mood, and make it feel like you’re going on a mini-vacation without actually traveling far and spending a lot of money.

ways to feel happier right now

9. Spend time in nature

A little sunshine and time outside is always great to instantly put you in a good mood.

I know when I’m out hiking or on a trail, I feel more in tune with nature and I feel so much happier and at peace right away.

Plus, all the green outside is great for your eyes, especially you’re always staring at your phone and laptop screens.

10. Go to an animal shelter

If you’re an animal lover, a fun way to boost your mood is to go visit an animal shelter.

Seeing cute cats, dogs, and other animals will definitely put a smile on your face.

Or if you already own a pet, spend time and bond with your furry friend. Seeing how happy they are to see you and spend time with you will bring joy to your day.


11. Treat yourself

If you’re feeling down, treat yourself to something that you’ve been craving or wanting for a long time.

For example, get a mani and pedi or a box of macarons you’ve always wanted. You deserve it.

12. Feed yourself a healthy meal

Feeding yourself well is super important.

If you’re not giving your body the nutritious foods it needs and craves, you’re probably not going to feel that great about yourself and that can ultimately affect your mood.

Cooking can also be a really therapeutic experience so making a healthy meal is a double win.

eat at home meal plans - meal planning membership

If you’re not great in the kitchen or just the thought of having to plan your meals stresses you out, I recommend checking out the Eat At Home Meal Plans if you’re looking to create cheap but healthy meals.

This meal plan membership includes access to ALL 4 of the following separate meal plans. The great part is you can mix and match depending on your needs and tastes.

1. Traditional – This plan is family-friendly and includes a variety of meats and veggies, and the occasional meatless meal.

2. Whole Food Plant Based – This plan places more emphasis on natural foods including vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.  No meats, cheese, milk, fish, or eggs!

3. Slow Cooker/Instant Pot – This plan provides recipes that you can cook in your slow cooker and includes many Instant Pot recipes as well.  (Bonus: It includes 1 week of Slow Cooker Freezer meals that are ready to eat in an hour!)

4. No Flour, No Sugar – This plan includes easy-to-prepare meals made from veggies and protein from whole foods with no flour or artificial sugars added.

Other great advantages of the Eat At Home Meal Plans include:

  • Meal plans provided at the beginning of the month so you’ll have time to plan and minimize shopping trips
  • 15-minute meals for super busy nights
  • Color-coded lists so you can swap out ingredients or whole meals when needed
  • Printable recipes for easy cooking
  • Printable menus which are perfect to hang on your fridge or near your calendar for easy viewing

These will help you save time so you don’t have to think long and hard on what to make at home and it’ll keep you focused on staying healthy. Definitely check it out!

eat at home cooks meal plans

13. Take a break from social media

Social media can be a double-edged sword.

It’s a great way to connect with your friends and family but it can also be a little depressing when you’re constantly only seeing how much fun everyone else is having.

Taking a break and disconnecting from time to time is always healthy.

14. Volunteer

Giving back is always a great way to boost your mood and take the focus off of yourself.

Find somewhere that you’d like to volunteer at such as a soup kitchen, nursing home, or at an event where you can give back to the community.

15. Listen to happy, upbeat music

Music can be a total mood changer and thank god for that.

Turn on some beats on Spotify with happy vibes and start dancing to the music (don’t worry – you can do this privately in your room).

phone with headphones and a cup

I hope you liked these ideas on how to quickly improve and boost your mood when you’re feeling down.

Journal To A Happier & Healthier Life In 30 Days

Need more guidance on how to work through and let go of mental blocks that are keeping you stuck in a negative space with toxic thoughts, habits, people, and behaviors?

Start feeling more positivity and happiness with the 30-Day Self-Care Habits Journal And Workbook.

30 day self-care habits journal and workbook

Inside this 52-page journal and workbook, you’ll find:

  • Journal prompts and self-affirmations to help you work through past traumas, mental road blocks, and hurts
  • A roadmap to setting up boundaries with your relationships and how to let go of toxic people
  • Calendars to help guide you to achieve your exercise, healthy eating, hygiene, and sleep goals
  • Tips on how to create a healthy and clear space at home to facilitate a clear mind
  • Two lined journal pages (print as many times as you’d like)

Click here to check out the 30-Day Self-Care Habits Journal And Workbook.

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  1. Jane Davidson says:

    I can’t even tell you how timely this post was! Readjusted my attitude, put on some happy music and a smile on my face. Makes all the difference!

  2. Tiffany P. says:

    Loving this post!! Music almost walls helps me feel better when in a bad mood.

    1. Music is awesome as a mood booster! Thank you 🙂

  3. So important to think about what you are greatful for! And writing it down is so helpful for actually solidifying it in your brain! Also taking a break from social media is my downfall! Defo need to practice that more!

    1. It’s so hard to take a break from social media! Thanks for reading, Ella!

  4. Anna Szenasi says:

    These tips are so great! Even reading them got me excited and put me in a better mood☺️

  5. Aldina El Halabi says:

    Such a great suggestions, especially since we are kind of mourning now loss of my grandma. I really need a pick me up. Thanks for a great post <3

    1. I’m so sorry about the loss of your grandma. Lots of hugs! ❤️

  6. Perfect timing for this post! The news has been getting me down!

  7. Lauren Musick says:

    This is such a great post. So glad you mentioned exercise and eating healthy, it’s such a game changer to my mood!

    1. Thank you!! Exercise and eating healthy helps so much!

  8. Hanna J Smith says:

    I love all these ideas!! I have depression and anxiety and I do some of these daily just as part of my routine to try and keep my moods stable and light! I always start the day off WITHOUT technology reading a book & drinking coffee, then on our way to bring my son to school we listen to happy upbeat songs (never sappy songs! haha) and I always do yoga outside once I’m done with my coffee each morning!

    1. Happy upbeat songs ftw! 🙂 That’s an awesome routine. I’m glad you like these ideas, Hanna!

  9. Tiffany Khyla says:

    I agree with all of these! I have anxiety, so I do so many of these regularly. Listening to music and getting lost in a book or movie are my go-to. I love the idea of visiting an animal shelter. I used to do that in college, but I definitely want to start doing it more regularly. It’s such a perfect mood booster!

  10. Music, exercise, healthy food and sunny days help me boost my mood. Thanks for the ideas!

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