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How to achieve and maintain good moods, part 1 of 2

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It doesn't take a genius to know the way we feel affects every part of our daily lives. It’s both common knowledge and common sense to recognize our attitudes positively and negatively impact our physical and mental health. The CDC says this is an issue of even greater importance for seniors. The question is, “What are some ways to boost prospects of achieving and maintaining good moods?

You may have heard this hundreds of times, “One of the best, cheapest, and easiest mood enhancers is exercise.” The British Journal of Psychiatry published a review of nine studies that showed the severity of seniors’ depression dropped drastically when they were given an exercise program specifically designed to fit their ability.

However, you don’t need an expensive, professionally tailored regimen to brighten your mood. Start by taking a walk outside whenever and wherever possible. The sunlight not only replenishes essential Vitamin D, it also enhances your inner body clock to help you sleep better and wake up with a brighter mood. Furthermore, doing this with a friend or loved one adds an extra boost.

Another mood enhancer is to watch a funny movie, read a humorous book, or be around people who are witty. There’s a huge amount of truth in the old canard: “Laughter is the best medicine.” Another one, while accurate, does not go far enough: “Laughter is good for the soul.” Research shows laughter is extremely helpful for your mental and physical health. That's because it activates the production of mood-enhancing brain chemicals called endorphins.

Laughter is especially beneficial for seniors as a way to fight depression. That’s why it’s so advantageous and essential to spend time around children. They not only make you laugh; they assist you with putting life into perspective.

Another way of achieving and maintaining good moods is doing something nice for someone else. A University of Texas (Austin) study shows depression in the elderly was reduced when they volunteered to help others. That single act has numerous constructive benefits, which include making you feel better about yourself, connecting you with others, and relieving and/or preventing depression.

Cultivating and maintaining good moods is something that significantly enhances your quality of life. To attain the best results, do something that gives you a sense of achievement. You'll feel happier and more relaxed, successful, and fulfilled.

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