Snap Out of Your Bad Mood With This 20-Second Trick

Updated 03/23/17
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We've reached that time of the year where moodiness is as prevalent as holiday gift guides and pumpkin spice lattes. Unsurprisingly, we were beyond thankful to find this 20-second mood-elevating trick as featured on PureWow. Having resorted to this many times ourselves, we can speak to its effectiveness, both as a time-saver and a mood-booster.

Here's what to do: Instead of slipping into rumination and self-pity next time you're having a rough day, simply grab a piece of paper and create a quick list of things that make you happy. "Examples can be as small as 'that first cup of coffee in the morning' or as grand as 'my trip to Paris last year,'" explains PureWow. "By refocusing your perspective and being mindful of the small things that bring you joy, you'll start to feel that cloud of doom lift."

Refocusing your perspective in this way also allows you to take a step back and view the bigger picture of life, instead of honing in on the negative minutia of the day-to-day. Jam out to an uplifting playlist while you write, and you can kiss your bad mood goodbye.

How do you snap yourself out of a bad mood in an instant? Share your tricks with us below.

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