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Ever have that feeling when you're zapped of all energy, and have no idea how you'll get through the day, with all its mundane activities and cumbersome responsibilities? You would love another shot of coffee but you just downed the last cup 30 minutes ago. If this sounds all too familiar, than this is the instructable for you! With the help of slight alterations to your surroundings, sipping natural energy boosters, and the company of friends, we will explore some ways to naturally enhance your mood! Caffeine free, and non addictive, these tips may turn you into an enthusiast junkie- naturally!

Let's get started!

 
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Step 1: Dance/ Sing

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So you're not usually the kind of person that sings in the shower or dances in their car at a red light, but try it and it may just help improve your mood.

Rigorous physical activity releases endorphins, or functioning neurotransmitters that resemble opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being. They are produced by the pituitary gland during exercise, excitement, pain, some food consumption, love, and sexual activity. But it doesn't stop there; for dancers who exert themselves for long periods of time, their brain releases even more mood-lifting neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine.

Dance therapy has long been used to fight depression and anxiety. But if you're not much of a dancer yourself, watching other people dance may be beneficial as well. According to Robyn Flaum Cruz, president of the American Dance Therapy Association. MRI scans show that watching someone dance activates the same neurons that would fire if you yourself were doing the moves. So when one dancer's movement expresses joy or sadness, others often get to experience it as well, spreading feelings and fostering empathy. Hopefully the mood of the person your watching dance is contagious and you get up and bust a couple of moves!

So crank up that song that its practically impossible not to dance to and sing along while dancing like your life depended on it! If you're not in a better mood within a couple minutes, you might possibly have fallen asleep.

Great idea.

apowell177 months ago
forgot to add marijuana to the list
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lesizz7 months ago

Interesting video at Sciam on why we like chocolate

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/why-do-we-love-chocolate/

anyheck7 months ago

Alcoholic beverages are also a good mood enhancers to try. YMMV.

HAL 90007 months ago

Interesting read! I've known that apple cider vinegar is great for you but had never heard of it's physiological effects on the brain. I'll have to look into it more!

Also, it should be noted that most of the studies done on chocolate involve dark chocolate since it has a larger amount of cocoa, rather than the flood of sugar that comes in milk chocolate.

Housedog7 months ago

"The more we can assist in the creation of serotonin, the better."


Thats a rather risque' remark.

There are plenty of ways to do that, from your docs office to your street corner!

(just fooling around - Great Ible!)


wrdwise7 months ago

Hugging is great! Turns out there's a magic number -- I've heard some studies that say if you hug for 8 seconds, you get a really solid boost in those happy-inducing neurochemicals.

ninjachimp097 months ago
cool awesome
btrthngr87 months ago

lol cats!

mattgrieser7 months ago
Any citations for your apple cider vinegar claims?
amalkhan (author)  mattgrieser7 months ago

absolutely! D.C. Jarvis. "Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health."

The next few months are going to be quite stressful for me, so this ible is just what I needed!

Can't thank you enough for this post :)

amalkhan (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz7 months ago

You are very welcome Mahiminah! Hope everything turns out dandy for you!

Granzeier7 months ago

Don't forget laughter. In the Bible, in the 17th chapter of the book of Proverbs, it says: "A merry heart does good, like medicine." Science has found that laughter causes our bodies to release endorphins, a natural mood enhancer.

So, watch a good comedy (Bill Cosby comes to mind) or read some good jokes.