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Mood Boosters: More Happiness. More Joy. More Radiance.

Maranda Pleasant


Instagram: @thrivemags


Water: the miracle booster.

I was a little shocked to hear from my therapist that hydrating is the number one way to boost my mood, mental focus and clarity, as well as to help with anxiety. He asked me to track my moods according to my hydration levels, and 24 hours after I committed to drinking more than one gallon of water a day during summer, my energy level, mental focus and melancholic tendencies were significantly improved. I cannot stress enough how water is linked not only to your mood and energy, but also to gorgeous, radiant skin and every aspect of nourishing a healthy body.

Add new colors into your diet and home.

Shop, cook and truly eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies, adding a wide range of nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants to your diet. Add colorful flowers and bright pillows or accents to create a calm and stress-free kitchen and office where you can slow down and feast your eyes, mind and body at mealtime. Add bursts of color wherever you can in your work, home and kitchen.

Eat fermented foods daily.

This helps support a healthy gut, radiant skin, a healthy weight, resilience and even fewer allergies. You can find pre-made sauerkrauts at the grocery store or ferment your own.

Straighten up.

Standing or sitting upright is directly linked with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, feelings of enthusiasm and excitement, and even a stronger pulse. It also allows for more complete deep breathing and increased oxygen and waste removal from the body. It’s an instant mind-body beauty boost!

Get outdoors as much as you can!

Kick off your shoes, get your feet in the grass and feel the sun on your face. Connecting with nature is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to lower stress and increase energy.

Gratitude makes you glow.

When you consciously express gratitude for the big and small things in your life, you increase your happiness and your good mood neurotransmitter serotonin and dopamine. Have you ever seen someone who just radiates joy? The fastest way to shine, and boost your mood, is to stop at the first feelings of anxiety and name 10 quick things you are grateful for. Every time you catch yourself complaining, you have to stop and name five things that you love about your life. Instead of putting a quarter in the swear jar, we have a rule in our house: anyone complaining or griping has to stop, drop and name at least five things that they’re thankful for. It shifts the energy and your mood instantly.

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