Your challenge: hold the door open for everyone you meet this week.
Let me ask – did you create a written bucket list, as we discussed last week? A few items from mine are below. Do any of those resonate with you? Drop me a note and let me know about your list.
My Bucket List
- Travel to Colombia
- Travel to Italy
- Travel to France
- Travel to Ireland
- Travel to Germany
- Zipline the Green River Valley, NC
- Visit all 50 states (14 to go)
- Indoor skydiving
- Get a DNA test (waiting for results)
- Herd cattle at a ranch
- Learn to paint
- Learn pottery
Actions can change your mood. From holding open a door for someone to taking a walk – these small acts can have profound effects on you and your mood.
Humans are chemistry experiments. For instance, there’s magic in your smile, due to chemistry. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
By physically making yourself smile, your body creates the neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. According to an article in Psychology Today, these lower your heart rate, blood pressure and relax your body,
The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever – 100% organically and without the potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions (4). Finally, the serotonin release brought on by your smile serves as an anti-depressant/mood lifter (5). Many of today’s pharmaceutical anti-depressants also influence the levels of serotonin in your brain, but with a smile, you again don’t have to worry about negative side effects – and you don’t need a prescription from your doctor.
Your smile can affect the mood of others, too. All the more reason – Psychology Today suggests – to keep smiling,
Looking at the bigger picture, each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. You are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals in your brain, activate reward centers, make you both more attractive and increase the chances of you both living longer, healthier lives.
You’ve probably heard the term “cooler heads prevailed” or you may have been called a “hothead.” There is science behind these old sayings. Humans tend to make better decisions when it is cooler. Why? Because higher temperatures more quickly deplete our glucose, a chemical which is imperative for decision-making. Additionally, when we are dehydrated – even mildly dehydrated – we get cranky. Women are more susceptible than men.
“Even mild dehydration that can occur during the course of our ordinary daily activities can degrade how we are feeling — especially for women, who appear to be more susceptible to the adverse effects of low levels of dehydration than men,” study co-author Harris Lieberman, PhD, said in a release. So next time you find yourself feeling irritable or unproductive at the office, you may want to reach for a tall glass of H2O instead of a latte or a piece of chocolate. Dehydration may be to blame.
And, just being outside for a short period of time can improve your memory and boost creativity. So, you can truly affect your own mood by doing a few simple things.
Do you have any tips about how to boost our mood?