11 Things to Do to Lift Your Mood

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
November 28, 2022
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Whether you’re feeling sad, unmotivated, or in a general funk, it can feel difficult to lift your mood—and tempting to turn to things that might work in the short run but really could make matters worse (like junk food or alcohol).

If your go-to mood boosters need a refresh, try these strategies that not only work for others, but also come with scientific backing.

1. Use Your Sense of Humor

Why It Works: Having a sense of humor can have a big impact, helping boost physical and mental health and promoting a stronger social life. It might even lead to a longer life span, suggests a 15-year Norwegian study.