10 Free Mood-Boosters for Mental Health and Happiness

Good mental health does not have to be expensive but ignoring it can be.

Rachel Steinman

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There is no denying serious mental health conditions require therapy with trained professionals and/or the right medication and need to be taken seriously. My amazing mom and countless other people I love and admire are proof of the benefits of their psychologists and psychiatrists as they continue to require support and love and compassion from their loved ones. The following is for the other times- when achieving mental health is within our own hands.

10 of the Best Things in Life- plus a few bonuses and related podcasts that are all free, make us feel better and make us feel happier.

  1. Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine because it draws people together. It diminishes pain, strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, and lessens stress. Bonus- It works your ab muscles.

Turn on a comedy or funny podcast. Watch silly pet memes. Call your hilarious friend and reminisce about a time that made you fall over with laughter. Giggle, cackle, snort, and smile. You will undoubtedly feel lighter.

Laughter as Medicine

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2. Dance

Dancing raises your heart rate and works your muscles while releasing chemicals in your brain that help you escape repetitive negative thoughts. It’s true- moving meditation and the music gets you there.

Turn the music up and get moving. Dance alone or by yourself… but dance like no one’s watching. Enjoy the beat and the movement. I dare you to turn on Gloria Estefan’s “Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya” and not tap your foot. It doesn’t matter what gets you up and out of your seat, whether it’s Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, or Frank Sinatra, let the music and movement carry you away.

Dancing Around the World and Creating a Mental and Emotional Toolbox

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Rachel Steinman

Host of “Dear Family,” the Podcast, Writer, Educator, and Mental Health Advocate https://writenowrachel.com/