For one reason or another, there are some days in which your mood is low. You could be having a bad day, didn’t get enough sleep the night before, are dealing with a stressful situation or are just feeling blah.
Reaching for comfort foods (or drinks) might be the usual way you lift a low mood, which could leave you feeling worse afterward. Eating nutrient dense foods such as vegetable, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lean meats, and salmon, and drinking antioxidant-rich green tea can help, but there are also other ways.
Turning on some upbeat tunes can really lift your mood. Whether you just listen to them or get up and dance, music can help make a dreary day better. And it’s much healthier than reaching for junk food or sugary alcoholic beverages.
Not only can music improve your mood, but a study from the University of Groningen also shows it can change the way we see the world.
If you don’t have a good mood playlist yet, you might want to add some of my favourites to yours. Some are from a few years ago (or further back) but I still love listening to them today:
· “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
· “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & the Waves
· “Beauty in the World” by Macy Gray
· “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite
· “Dance to the Music” by Jody Watley
· “Pump It” by The Black Eyed Peas
· “Wild Night” by John Mellencamp
· “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige
· “Two Princes” by Spin Doctors
· “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
· “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & the Boyz
· “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” by Nine Days
· “Just Got Paid” by Johnny Kemp
· “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
· “Enjoy” by Janet Jackson
· “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown
· “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies
· “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce
· “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince and the Revolution
· “Faster” by Matt Nathanson
· “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
Any of these songs are great to listen to the next time your mood needs a lift. Let me know some other songs that put you in a good mood.