8 Mood Boosters That Don’t Cost a Penny

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If you are looking for simple ways to improve your mood without spending a dime, you’re in the right place.  A bad mood can happen to all of us, and sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a negative thought pattern.  Here are eight mood boosters you can try today that are free and easy:


Smile Break: Take a moment to smile. Smiling can actually trick your brain into feeling happy and help turn a grumpy mood around.

Nature Walks: Step outside and enjoy the fresh air. Listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and let nature work its magic.

Dance Party: Crank up your favorite tunes and have a dance party for one! Movement and music are like a magical duo that can chase away the blues.

Spread Kindness: Do something nice for someone else. It could be a simple compliment, holding the door, or helping with a task. Acts of kindness for others makes you feel good!

Gratitude Journal: It doesn’t have to be a journal. It could be a post it. The most important thing is to write down 3 things you’re grateful for.  Focusing on the positive can boost your mood.

Laugh: Find funny videos online, share a joke with friends or family, and laugh together. Laughter is contagious and an amazing mood lifter.

Connect with Loved Ones: Give your bestie or family member a call. Sharing stories and laughter with loved ones is like virtual hug for your heart.

Mindful Moments: Take a few minutes each day to breathe deeply and be present. Close your eyes, feel your breath, and let go of worries. It’s like a mini vacation for your mind.


Give these mood booster ideas a shot and see how they make you feel.  Remember, your Vivent Health care team is here for you.  Reach out if you need more ideas!