7 Mood Boosters That Don't Cost a Thing

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Feeling a little down after receiving some unpleasant news? Trying to beat the Sunday scaries (or Monday blues)? Having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad (or even just a little blah) day?

Even minor disappointments and frustrations can derail your daily activities and leave you grumpy, miserable, and completely disinterested in the things you need or want to take care of. You know you need a little pick-me-up to make it through the day smoothly, but you’re less sure about exactly what to do to feel better.

That’s totally normal — emotional distress doesn’t have to be extreme to make spotting solutions difficult. But a bad mood left to simmer often boils over, leaving you feeling worse.

Ignoring the source of your bad mood won’t make it disappear, but there’s nothing wrong with setting it aside temporarily to focus on something that makes you feel good instead.

Below, you’ll find seven ideas to try when you want to give your mood a little jump start. Bonus: You don’t have to pay for any of them.