15 ways to get happy in 10 minutes

by Sobiya N. Moghul


Watching funny videos, is the perfect way to boost one’s confidence levels and improve one’s mood. Funny videos also make one laugh and boost one’s immune system and heart rate.

1. Smile

Even when you are going through the roughest phase of your life always try to smile. Research says that even an artificial smile gives us an inner boost and impacts others. It also makes one seem more approachable

2. Meditate

Meditation generates positivity. Only five minutes of meditation will improve your emotional and physical well-being. Also, one becomes happy simply by staying connected to one’s real self.

3. Play with your pet

Cuddling or playing with a pet, not only makes you feel happy, but also has several health benefits. Research says that being around a pet reduces blood pressure and calms you down. When pets are not given proper attention they feel lonely and left out, so spending time with our pets could help in building a good relationship with them.

4. Listen to Music

When you feel low, play your favourite music, as it is an instant mood-lifter. Also, try and sing along to your favourite track as this will also instantly improve your mood.

5. Dress Up

Dressing up makes one feel good about oneself. All you need is a well fitting outfit and a little bit of make up to boost your confidence and happiness levels.

6. Watch Funny Videos

Watching funny videos, is the perfect way to boost one’s confidence levels and improve one’s mood. Funny videos also make one laugh and boost one’s immune system and heart rate.

7. Eat some chocolates

Chocolates are known as antidepressants as they contain theobromine, which can increase the effects of the tryptophan, a chemical, which can make you happy. So if you are feeling low, eat a piece of your favourite chocolate.

8. Get Close to Nature

Flowers trigger happy emotions, which affect one’s behaviour in a positive manner. They also have a long term effect on one’s mood and give one immense pleasure and a feeling of satisfaction.

9. Chew Gum

Chewing gum not only gives you a boost, but also helps your brain by supplying it with more oxygen and glucose. This is because the repetition of the gnawing action relaxes you and also reduces yourstress levels and anxiousness.

10. Go for a walk

When you feel depressed you could go for a walk. Try to look out for a place which is quiet and peaceful. As this would help you filter out your thoughts and seek a solution. Walking also releases neurons in your brain, which will give you joy and happiness. It will also loosen up your body and help you deal with the sadness.

11. Reach out to a loved one

Always try and discuss your feelings and thoughts with your loved ones as this will help you deal with the sorrow and get a perspective on things.

12. Dance

Dancing is a good way to deal with stress and unhappiness. It also helps in building your confidence and reduces your stress levels.

13. Clean out your Closet

Another way to relax is to clean out your closet as this will not only help you get rid of all the old stuff, but will clear your mind as well.

14. Play an instrument

Strum the strings of a guitar and compose a new tune. This is a good way to express your feelings and will improve your mood and boost your happiness levels.

15. Read a comic

Reading your favourite comic will boost your mood and put you in a happy place.


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