It happens to all of us: the bad mood. Sometimes we wake up that way, sometimes something (or someone) ignites it, but feeling blue is no fun.
Furthermore, we're not at our best, certainly not at our most productive, when we're down. Feeling better — and fast — is good for ourselves and our businesses.
There's no surefire way to turn it around, but there are a few goofy things you can do to give it a try.
I think back to the television show Ally McBeal, where one main character used "smile therapy" to feel better. Whenever things weren't going his way, he'd smile, whether he meant it or not, with a "fake it till you make it" approach. Science says: Yes! This actually works. In the same way that frowning gives your brain the clue that something's not right, smiling tells it everything's looking up.
Another Ally McBeal takeaway: when you're in a good mood, pick a song you love, something that's upbeat and cheery or reminds you of a wonderful time. Listen to it or sing it to yourself when you're in a good mood to set the stage, then use it again when you're feeling down. I had one for years, and now that I mention this, I'm going to bring it back into my life.
Get Upside Down
If you're not up for a handstand or headstand, just hang off the end of the couch. Flip your perspective, and see if your mood starts to flip, too.
Do Something Nice for Someone
Making someone else happy is a wonderful way to boost your own mood. Send a quick thank you note, buy coffee for the person behind you in line, or tell a co-worker you'll pick up lunch today. Their gratitude will encourage your own, and it's hard to be grumpy when you're thankful.
What are your go-to tricks for getting out of a bad mood and fast?