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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!

Step 1: Dance/ Sing

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.

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<p>&quot;dances in their car at a red light&quot;? how? :D on a bus, maybe...</p>
<p>very cool!</p><p>music, even reading a book calms you usually...</p>
<p>The problem with reading is that I love reading a good book so much that I have been known to stay up all night to get to the end. But music calms me beautifully. ? </p>
<p>my preference is for natural drugs. Cannabis, hashish and opium are the gifts from God(s) that grow naturally, put here for our use to help what ails you. Just saying...</p>
<p>Also alcohol ;). BTW where is music, hobby work etc?</p>
Lashway, I have learned from life experience with the few Physicians I've known as a patient. I am 60 yrs old and starting as young child i was introduced to penicillin for soar throats, and fever. Tetracycline was next for acne (college yrs). For years, chronic sinus infections became 'the norm', along with many courses of antibiotics (even talk of a maintenance dose, to keep the sinus infections at bay!). These 'drugs' never knocked out the infection (only a day, but then came back with a vengeance). This compromised my immune system...leaving me with reoccurring sinus infections, eczema and 'itchy crawly' skin. Treatment was...more antibiotics, topical creams, steroids. I developed thrush, and to the best of my knowledge, yes, overgrown yeast (candida). Lashway, you've probably heard, and I paraphrase, 'Physicians only know how to treat symptoms and not the underlying cause of the malady'. Physicians are not taught naturopathic healing in medical school and physicians can only prescribe drugs, and not 'natural medications'. Pharmaceutical Companies can only patent and sell drugs. Pharmaceuticals cannot sell and patent a natural remedy. There comes a time when a patient, must 'heal thyself'. Lashway, this was something I had to do. No more antibiotics, only probiotics. I still visit my good doctor on occasion, but only natural supplements and remedies (as mentioned by tangotut) has brought me out of that vicious cycle of over antibiotic overuse!
<p>GREAT info!!! Thanks!!!</p>
<p>Some other suggestions:</p><p>- When you wake up in the morning, Get a good Stretch. Say it out loud.</p><p>- Laugh. Even if you are alone.</p><p>- Say Hello to an animal. Your dog or cat. Pet them and watch them smile back!</p><p>- Hold the hand of a small child. Understand your obligation to make a good life for them.</p><p>- Plant a tree. Grow a plant in your house. Nurture a life, even if it is a plant in a pot.</p><p>- Talk to someone you meet at the market.</p><p>- Compliment anyone you see. (&quot;I like that shirt!&quot;)</p><p>- Leave a Tip. Praise a good worker.</p><p>- Sit with an elderly person and ask them to tell you a story.</p><p>- LOOK at everything you can see and enjoy it. SMILE at the rain instead of cursing it.</p><p>- Avoid those who bring your mood down. AVOID those who know everything.</p>
<p> I do a short shot of straight Apple Cider Vinegar everyday. Also a scant teaspoon of Turmeric mixed with black pepper. And a shot of good olive oil. Oh, yeah, and I try to eat some garlic as often as possible.</p>
<p>What does all of that do?</p>
<p>Blood cleaner, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, immune booster, cholesterol blocker... there might be more but that's enough, right?</p>
<p>... Blood cleaner? The name sounding suspicius as someone who repairs medical equipment, I did a coursery review, and as expected, pseudoscience bunk.</p><p>I wouldn't expect any of those to hurt you, small quantities of benign products, but you aren't getting a meaningful amount of anything from it either, nothing beyond a big fat placebo. </p>
<p>&quot;Mr. Science&quot; who can't spell &quot;cursory&quot;.</p><p>Garlic has a well-known effect as a blood cleaner.</p><p>Matter of fact, I recently pickled some garlic. YAY!!! Garlic AND Apple Cider Vinegar!!!</p>
<p>Lol, simple spelling errors are in no way indicative of intelligence, have you ever tried to to read notes from engineers and doctors that didn't go through spell check? But it is a predictable logical fallacy employed by those with no other defense against a belief.</p><p>Now back to the original topic. Please, tell me what they supposedly &quot;clean&quot; from your blood. If the answer is &quot;toxins&quot;, then no, there is no evidence of that. Garlic has shown the potential to reduce blood pressure up to 10%, but that's about it.</p><p>I'm glad you enjoy the taste, and you are welcome to continue to do so, no skin off my rear, but don't kid yourself, you are effectively talking about magic.</p>
<p>Go repair a machine (probably a fryer at McDonald's) and stop annoying the adults.</p>
<p>Ah ad hominem, the last defense of weak minds. Enjoy your your &quot;cleanse,&quot; lol.</p>
<p>Yeah, &quot;your your&quot; too.</p><p>Amazing. Even in a post about enhancing our moods there is still that one individual who is so infinitely superior to everyone else that not one of us could possibly have a snowball's chance at being correct.</p><p>Some people never grow up and they never learn to get along.</p>
<p>History has highlighted the dangers of psuedoscience cures/cleanses/treatments such as the ones you believe without reasonable evidence, and so I find it important to call it out when it is passed off in the public sphere.</p><p>Practice your non-science based healing all you want, but don't pass it off as somehow more legitimate than crystals or prayer.</p><p>Also, please note that I have not once insulted you, I have challenged your position, I have stated that it is belief, and I have asked for evidence that it is not. You have been name calling and foot stamping like a toddler.</p>
<p>No one has said that any of these foods are for &quot;healing&quot; anything. It is simple science that shows these herbs, spices, etc. have certain compounds in them which have been proven to bolster the human body against various maladies. I take these things because of the vitamins and minerals - and their preventative properties.</p><p>Vitamin C in oranges has been proven to prevent scurvy. Will you explain to us now that vitamin C is also &quot;pseudo-science&quot;? (Yes, &quot;pseudo-&quot; not &quot;psuedo-&quot;.)</p>
<p>False equivalence. The fact that a severe vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) is corrected by consuming vitamin C does not mean vitamin levels are the cause of every illness, nor the solution to them. That is a ridiculous logical fallacy. </p><p>More to point, my issue with this whole thread has been pretty specifically &quot;blood cleaners.&quot; </p><p>To my knowledge vitamin based &quot;Blood cleaners&quot; are not a thing, that just isn't how filtration works. If you can find sources that pass peer review to show otherwise, I'm willing to look at them, but I'm not seeing anything but blogs and supplement retailers that all just follow the Natural Fallacy.</p>
<p>&quot;vitamin based &quot;Blood cleaners&quot; are not a thing&quot;</p><p>I never suggested that vitamins clean the blood. You are making things up to suit yourself.</p><p> Nor did I say that vitamin deficiency is &quot;the cause of every illness.&quot;</p><p>You are arguing for the sake of argument and putting words in my mouth. Fail.</p><p>Thank you for ruining our day with your pompous, know-it-all attitude.</p>
<p>Then what cleans the blood? This is the third time I've asked. What cleans the blood, and what is it cleaning? This could be resolved with a simple sourcing of your claims.</p><p>&gt;Vitamin C in oranges has been proven to prevent scurvy. Will you explain to us now that vitamin C is also &quot;pseudo-science&quot;?</p><p>This is a common example used by anti-science natropathers to support both the validity of whatever supplements they decide to take and the idea that all illness can be treated with some homeopathic supplement giving them the nutrition they missing. Once I saw that, some general assumptions fell into place.</p><p>I am happy to hear that is not the case with you, and because I am a person who operates on evidence, not belief, I can gladly apologize for that assumption, and can do so without invalidating the conversation as a whole :)</p><p>Thank you for having a discussion that I hope will resolve in you actually supporting your claim, rather than you just being a gigantic gaping *hole on the internet.</p>
Lashway, Apple cider vinegar may help 'clean the blood'- it kills yeast overgrowth (candida) http://draxe.com/candida-symptoms/#mobile-menuwhich can be in the blood.
<p>Thank you. Eating &quot;Natural&quot; beats eating chemicals devised by the &quot;pill companies&quot;.</p><p>Before those companies, we ate garlic, spinach, etc. and augmented it with natural substances like herbs and spices.</p><p>These days, there is a substitute for everything! CHEMICALS!</p><p>Mix turmeric and black pepper, half and half, and wash it down with water and apple cider vinegar. Do a shot of good olive oil. NO UNNATURAL chemicals.</p><p>Live longer and have a clear mind to use against Mr Science. (I am just laughing that someone doesn't know how to eat REAL food and not chemicals.)</p>
<p>Wow, obviously you really don't like thinking critically. </p><p>Where to begin?</p><p>A) Everything is chemicals, everything. look up the chemical composition of a banana, looks scary, but isn't, once you arm yourself with a little bit of knowledge. Living in a narrative of food not chemicals is just... simplistic.</p><p>B) Pills are made from the concentration of the chemicals found it plants, and elsewhere in nature, that work as active ingredients, which is why they work. Opting for garlic to reduce your blood pressure is great for daily living, but if you are ill, it is significantly more useful to consume medications based on those properties in garlic because they have a precise degree of those properties in a consistent dose that is so much higher than garlic it is noticed immediately, rather than as the result of long term dietary intake.</p><p>C) Again, this concept of &quot;unnatural&quot; chemicals as evil. After decades of looking, there is no consistent evidence, anywhere, that synthetic chemicals are inherently worse than chemical ones. </p><p>It is something still being heavily tested today, as it should, but I expect that you have already convinced yourself, in so much arrogance, that you and your anti-science kind are the only ones capable of having the answer, without peer reviewed study, and so refuse to consider evidence.</p><p>D) You clearly prescribe to the &quot;Conspiracy of Science&quot;, which is something I am particularly good at deflating. For this conspiracy, in which companies pump out pills that don't help because there is no profit in cures and research is falsified to maintain their justification, one must completely ignore that there is no Science Union. </p><p>Hundreds of millions of scientists/employees would have to remain silent every day, for their entire careers. From the researcher working day in and day out to improve cancer treatments, to the lab tech or IT shlub that has to troubleshoot networking issues on a device collecting or processing data. There is no example of any kind in human history that suggests that such secrecy is even remotely possible with that many participants.</p><p>What's more, imagine the glory and protection that would be offered to the family of the Russian/Iranian/Chinese/etc scientist that proved the USA has falsified it's GMO studies, or whatever else, and proved that they caused cancer. It would be an opportunity to shame a rival nation, shake global confidence, and steal the limelight as a nation of honest research and development</p><p>E) You have no room or reason to question my eating habits, you don't know what they are and I haven't offered any details, however, this action is perfectly in line with your demonstrated inability to hold a polite conversation with someone who expects evidence when you pop off wildly unrealistic claims in a public forum. </p><p>I really hope for the sake of your children and community that you at least vaccinate.</p>
<p>Yeah, see, this is exactly what I was talking about. This &quot;evidence&quot; is from a &quot;natural healing&quot; blogs, as evidence it only references other natural healing blogs, which in turn also only reference natural healing blogs. There is no actual source anywhere to back up their claim.</p><p>Meanwhile <a href="https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/candida-and-fake-illnesses/" rel="nofollow"> https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/candida-and-...</a> does source their assertions with actual studies, and non-sceintific sources that do cite scientific sources. What's more, the more digging from the global scientific community one does the more clear it is that there is no actual proof of the problem pushed by the highly unregulated &quot;natural remedies&quot; industry.</p>
<p>Please DO NOT drink straight apple cider or any kind of VINEGAR as it is extremely bad for your throat/esophagus, according to doctors, not just my theory.</p>
<p>I've been doing vinegar since I was a child. Most kids liked sugary things... I liked vinegar!</p><p>I sliced cucumbers and dropped them in. I poured it on spinach and Brussels sprouts.</p><p>Never had a problem in all these years.</p>
<p>Sounds like good Traditional Chinese Medicine to stay healthy.</p>
<p> I don't know if it's &quot;Chinese&quot;. Maybe so! This is stuff I've heard for a long time. And I'm not dead yet. = )</p>
<p>Hi - I'd add one more: swimming. It's miraculous to me. Well, It was; they closed my neighbour swimming pool and I'm done. They ripped me off one good winter activity. And I can't make myself go to the other part of my town...</p>
<p>Apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon a day also prevents kidney stones! Guaranteed.</p>
<p>There is also music, which can elevate moods, soothe a tired mind, and relax<br>the body into sleep, and ASMR (<strong>Autonomous sensory meridian response) </strong></p><p><strong>which is a<br>relatively new therapy that involves the use of a highly sensitive 3D<br>microphone, which the operator uses to create sounds that trigger a &ldquo;tingling&rdquo;<br>response in the hearer&rsquo;s nervous system. An excellent example can be found on YouTube<br>on the Fairy Char channel. She has an assortment of videos that help users to<br>relax, using just the sounds she makes with everyday objects, the best of which<br>IMHO is her whispered voice. Here is just one example:</strong></p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NqlYHBikTYM" width="500"></iframe></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Just be sure to wear a good pair of headphones. If this video doesn't work for<br>you, just choose one from her list of videos. Enjoy!</p>
<p>hogwash on all this &quot;wave&quot; stuff. I tried it. It's laughable.</p>
<p>If you are referring to binaural wave beat effect, try focus10 sound loop example in SBAGEN program, free at </p><p><a href="http://uazu.net/sbagen/" rel="nofollow">http://uazu.net/sbagen/</a></p><p>As for ASMR, It doesn't work for everybody, especially if you have damaged hearing. I get the tingling feedback every time I listen, within seconds. You should get your ears and hearing checked.</p>
<p>Yoga sucks</p>
<p>hahahahaha that made my day</p>
<p>List should also have Pets, yes?</p>
<p>This whole 'instructable' sounds to me like nothing more than a load of the kind of 'health' advice doled out every day in women's magazines. Some of it may help. Some of it is a statement of the bleeding obvious, some of the scientific explanations are nothing more than the kind of unproven guesswork favoured by lazy journalists. One thing is for sure: it's about the plants making you feel good. I believe the cannabis plant is rather good, but not as good as the poppy.</p>
<p>While these tips may be effective for a simple case of the winter blahs, trying some poor-mans minor endorphin release isn't going to cure a serious illness like depression or fibromyalgia.</p><p>There is significant evidence to indicate many &quot;modern&quot; illnesses are at least partially caused by exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. When your body sees these faux hormones that cannot do the job of real hormones it tries to downregulate the true level of usable hormones to unhealthy levels. I had all sorts of allergies/asthma as a child and when I was a senior in high school I developed severe ulcerative colitis. After just eight weeks of 25mg of DHEA/day my allergies were gone as well as my ulcerative colitis.</p><p>tl;dr - don't try to cover up a serious illness with touchy-feely band-aids. Do your homework and find an enlightened medical professional.</p>
<p>Any tips on how to get a crabby sister un-crabby? That would be great! My sis is always crabby for some reason...</p>
<p>I have a brother like that..... I think siblings are naturally like that though....</p>
<p>Music &amp; cleaning: My daughter as a teenaged cleaned the house happily and quickly by listening to &quot;Cecilia&quot; (Simon and Garfunkle cd) - I am nearly 70 years old, and if I can find the cassette tape or cd, I still do the same. the music is so &quot;jumpy&quot; and happy. You have to do a couple of dance moves as you clean, and my husband thought I was a bit of a lunatic, but hey, I cleaned and was happy. Have to replay the music a few times to get all the work done . Have passed this info on to friends - some do it, some don't. </p>
<p>You would have first heard Cecilia when you wore tie-dye skirts &amp; tops, headbands and flowers in your waist length hair.</p>
Unfortunately never had waist length hair - indian skirts etc., yes, but my love of Simon &amp; Garfunkle passed on to my daughter - '76 born. I have all the L.P.'s plus cassettes &amp; a couple of cds- she has cd's. Sorry if I am going on too long, but your mood enhancer just brought back the memories of her prancing around the kitchen doing a &quot;Carmen Miranda&quot; with the dishes in her hands. She even jumped up on the narrow benchtop for an extra finale-beautiful! Now going to look through my cassette tapes for this song when cleaning!
This works for me. <br>Exercise: just 10 push ups and 10 body squats.<br>Listen to MJ Billie Jean.
This works for me. <br>Exercise: just 10 push ups and 10 body squats.<br>Listen to MJ Billie Jean.

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