60 Second Mood Lifters

1. When life at the job gets boring and wearisome, wear something you normally wouldn't. You don't have to go overboard, but just add that little something that's out of the ordinary. Maybe it's even your snoopy underpants that nobody has to know about but will make you giggle all day long.

2. Color is a great 60 second lifter. Drape a colorful scarf over the industrial gray chair in your office, or tie a wacky tie to your doorknob. Put a silly doll or cartoon character on top of your computer (I have baseball player miniatures on mine).

3. Laughter is the very best medicine for a 60 second lift. Find or phone a happy friend for a lift. Tell a joke of your own, or ask someone to tell you a joke. Look for something silly on the internet to make you laugh. Rent a silly movie, read the comics. Don't take life so seriously. Laughter is available from a lot of sources.

4. Exercise is also a 60 second mood lifter. And no, it doesn't have to be long and drawn out and sweaty. If you're feeling cranky and tired, just stand up and march in place for 60 seconds. Breathe deep, swing your arms (please close your door first, or you may lift other's moods by supplying #3 above.)

5. Research has shown that hugging and kissing are excellent 60 second lifters. I tell my husband that I always feel better after he comes home. A hug and a kiss from someone important in your life is the best way to change a mood -- even if it's the dog! .

The point of 60 second mood lifters is of course to dispel the idea that all things have to be perfect in order for you to have a happier life. A happier life is truly just 60 seconds away from you at any given moment. Start working on your 60 seconds now.

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