Updated 15 July 2014

10 ways to perk up your day

Give your day a happiness boost with these 10 tips.


Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like the whole world is conspiring against you? We certainly do. Maybe you’ve having a brilliant day but you’d like to add a little extra ‘oomph’? Whether it’s a bad day or a good one, here are 10 easy ways to perk it up a little.

Perk up your day 1: Sweat

Sweat. Seems like a pretty vague and somewhat bizarre solution to your bad day, right? If you can do some form of physical activity, though – running, walking, dancing around the house – those positive endorphins will start flowing and you’ll be feeling a boost of positivity before you know it.

Perk up your day 2: A nice gesture

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to do something nice for someone else. Why not give someone a cuddle, make tea for a loved one or buy your friend a small gift? That warm fuzzy feeling that stems from seeing someone else happy because of you is contagious.

Perk up your day 3: Have quiet time

If you’re feeling moody and you could snap at any moment, take yourself out of all social situations and take a few long, deep breaths. You’ll usually find that by the time you’ve had a little time away from people, you’ll have calmed down a lot and you’re less likely to snap at anyone. Phew!

Perk up your day 4: Wake up a few minutes earlier

Rather than rushing around the house in a panic (why does everything always seem to go wrong when you’re rushing?) set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier in the morning so you can get up and ready at a leisurely pace. Not being in a rush can really perk up your day.

Perk up your day 5: Have a warm bath or shower

Baths and showers are proven to have a healing effect on humans as they make us feel like our worries are washing away. Instead of hopping in and out of the shower though, make time for a relaxing bubble bath. Even if it only lasts for fifteen minutes, you’ll feel much better after it.

Perk up your day 6: Clear out clutter

A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, so make it your mission to de-clutter and you will find that your day has been given a nudge in the right direction. Whether it’s your kitchen, your bedroom or your desk, start on a little section at a time and you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction each time you see your sparkling clean surroundings.

Perk up your day 7: Light a citrus-scented candle

Improve your day by burning a lemon-scented candle. Yep, you heard that right. Scientists at Tel Aviv University suggest that citrus fragrances – particularly lemon – can alleviate depression and boost our mood.

Perk up your day 8: Have a glass of orange juice

Researchers say that a good dose of vitamin C lowers our levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, helping us to manage stress more effectively. Next time you’re having a stressful afternoon, reach for a glass of orange juice to ease you through.

Perk up your day 9: Laugh out loud

Whether you’re having a bad day or you just want to add a little ‘oomph’, nothing makes your day happier than a good laughing session. Every time you laugh, increased levels of oxygen soar to your organs and stress evaporates. Whether you opt to go for lunch with a friend who never fails to have you in stitches, or you watch a hilarious YouTube video, laughing out loud is a sure-fire way to boost your day.

Perk up your day 10: Pet your pet

If you’re the owner of a furry little friend, making time to simply sit with your pet can seriously boost your happiness. Every time you pet an animal, your body releases feel-good hormones such as oxytocin, prolactin and serotonin, and this leads to lower blood pressure, happiness and less anxiety. Sounds good to us!

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