Easy Ways to Uplift Your Mood

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mood is the dynamic gage of our emotions. It’s a temporary state of mind that can shift from moment to moment. It’s nice to wake up in a good mood and maintain that throughout the day. However, in an imperfect world, ups and downs are inevitable.

I recall something I recently read:

“A good mood is like a balloon. One little prick is all it takes to ruin it.”


Sadly, I can’t find anything about Samsoniter, but I still love this quote!

When you do experience a dip in the mood, there are numerous ways to lift yourself up. So, moving on, let’s explore ways to put your mood on a better stance.


Did you know, according to research, even sad music puts people in a better mood?

Anyone who has visited my home, knows I have the smooth jazz tv channel playing practically all day! Whatever music you like, it will surely help.

I used to be a music snob, only listening to certain bands or styles, but now that I am older I love all music, with one exception. I simply do not enjoy listening to opera music! I think I can actually feel my blood pressure rising when I hear it. But if opera floats your boat, by all means, listen to it!


Get active! Physical activity releases mood-enhancing endorphins. Whatever your personal choice, some type of physical activity is an excellent way to enhance your mood. Even better, get outside in Mother Nature, weather permitting.

Lift a few weights, do some mild stretches. You don’t have to overdo it, just do enough to get your heart pumping a little faster. Get a Fitbit and join me on a weekly workweek hustle! I average 10k to 15k steps per day. It’s a lot of fun and a good way to exercise.

Dance like there’s no one watching? Do it! Laugh and be silly! Sing out the words, even if you don’t know the words. Make them up! And who cares, if you can’t carry a tune!

Is it a Bad Mood or Just Boredom?

I’m retired from the workforce. It’s winter. It’s below zero. It’s snowing. We’re social distancing. I’m stuck in the house, in a bad mood. I have to ask. Am I just bored to tears? Probably.

The moment I start doing something-anything I can feel my mood get better! It’s even better if I can feel a sense of accomplishment. So here’s the starting point.

I fix my bed, first thing, and I suggest you do the same. Here’s why:

Changing your mental focus is another way to set your mood in the right direction. Read a book, watch a movie. Catch up on phone calls and emails. Clean the kitchen.

I like to do jigsaw puzzles. In my home we have puzzles on the dining room table all winter. We store them away just before springtime and bring them back out each December.

There are so many ways to get a handle on those mood swings. And as always, if all else fails…WINE! 🍷*

* Y’all know I’m just kidding, right? I’m not a health professional. I’m just a blogger who loves her wine! Seriously, if you are experiencing uncontrollable mood swings, discuss the situation with your physician just to make sure it’s not a symptom of something more serious.

So get out there and enjoy your day! Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)

Feel free to reblog anything I post. I welcome all comments and discussion.

Looking forward to the day we can cross the river to Canada. First stop, Buell Street Bistro!


  1. Your blog is awesome! Always looking for ways to make life simple love all your ideas and Steve is an awesome cook! Wow

  2. Enjoying reading your blogs. Your stories have been so uplifting especially during this long, cold winter. Looking forward to your next.blog.

  3. Hi sis,
    I love those suggestions and would like to add journaling to the list. I journal every day about the previous day. I talk about what I did or feelings I had and because I have a terrible memory, it’s fun to go back and look through my “feelings” and doings to see what I’ve accomplished. Plus, getting feelings out of your head and into paper helps to sort it out which I’m sure you know due to your wonderful blogs that I’m always so excited to read. Sending love your way !

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