While we all wish that we could be happier all the time and that we could raise our ‘default level’ of happiness, it’s just as important sometimes to think about the ways you can get an instant mood boost. Sometimes we just find ourselves in a sulk or feeling miserable and when you’re in that situation what you need is a way to instantly snap out of it and cheer yourself up.

The good news is that it’s often perfectly possible to do this and to make yourself cheerful and smiley again, you just need to know the right way to go about it. Read on and we’ll look at how you can immediately get happier.

Understanding the Mechanisms of Happiness

Happiness or sadness are ultimately defined by our neurochemicals or ‘neurotransmitters’. That is to say that there are chemicals that make us happier and chemicals that make us sad or stressed and getting into a good mood is all about triggering the right ones. If it’s happiness you’re looking for, then serotonin is what you need.

As it happens, we know plenty of things that can boost serotonin and the other ‘endorphins’ (happiness chemicals) immediately. One of the very easiest ways to do this is is by spending time in the company of good friends. And in fact, even just smiling can make us feel happier thanks to the rush of endorphins it releases. Exercise is great for this too.

The Caveat

Here’s the problem though – when you are feeling low, the last thing you want to do is to spend time with friends, exercise or smile. When you’re low you want to wallow. You need to smile to feel better, but you need to feel better to smile. This is a catch 22.

The first solution then is to simply get a grip of yourself and to force yourself to be more positive in the situation. Acknowledge that you are currently simply being a victim of your own brain chemistry and force yourself to accept that invitation to hang out with friends.

Better yet – put on happy music which is another great way to trigger the release of endorphins. Again, you’ll likely find you don’t want to do this and that you’d much rather listen to sad music.

Create a playlist then that starts with downbeat music and that gradually gets more upbeat and happier. This is one of the very best ways to gradually improve your mood and to get yourself out of a funk.