Mood-Boosting Break Ideas

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Mood impacts productivity. But even if it didn’t, why would you want to be in a bad mood? (And even if you’re in a good mood, you can always be happier!)

So on good days and bad days, when you’re in between tasks or you need to take a break, try something that will bring you joy.

Here are five quick, mood-boosting options to lift your spirits or keep your good mood going!

1) Indulge in a treat.

Whether you’re using a treat as a reward system for getting something done or just to enjoy yourself, indulge throughout your day!

I like to make a nice cup of tea. Others might want to splurge on coffee or have a piece of candy. But think outside the food-box too!

Listening to your favorite song or lighting a candle and doing a one-minute meditation works too!

2) Doodle.

Doodling is a great way to be creative without the pressure of producing something at the end. Also studies show that doodling helps you to focus and increase your memory.

It may get a bad rep, but it’s actually one of the most productive break-time activities!

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3) Get a Peptoc.

You may have seen some articles about students at West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California creating a free telephone hotline called Peptoc. These kids created a hotline where people can call from all over the world to hear uplifting and inspiring messages. It’s such a great idea!

My producer Ali Keller and I called in to get a pep talk during one of our meetings and it definitely made our (already great) day better!

4) Check out some cute animals.

If cute kids giving pep talks aren’t your thing, maybe animals will make you smile!

Animals are adorable and they are also good for your productivity! Researchers at Hiroshima University have found that looking at cute pictures or videos of animals trigger care-giving impulses, which can improve your work performance.

That’s because you’re more likely to be attentive. I suggest checking out CatsvsCancer.org because as you’re watching cute cat videos and increasing your productivity, you’re also helping to raise money to fight cancer.

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5) Send a nice message!

Sometimes to make yourself feel better, all you need to do is make someone else’s day better!

Taking a few minutes to write down a note of appreciation for someone can brighten their day and yours. It can be a text, email, ecard, or even a physical card (if you want to go old school). And you might even get a nice message in response!

Hope these tips help you have a great (and productive) day!

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