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    People Say These 19 Small But Powerful Activities Have Really Helped Their Mood

    I think we could all use a little pick-me-up right about now.

    We're in the midst of some really hard times, and it's no surprise that a lot of us are struggling to find some levity in our everyday lives.


    So when DrC8H10N4O2 asked the Reddit community, "What’s a small thing that anyone can do at nearly anytime to improve their mood and make them happier?" I was all ears. Here are some people's words of wisdom:

    1. "Avoid social media and fuck off into the woods for a walk."


    2. "Think about someone who had a huge positive influence in your life (you'll not even notice how an elusive smile appears on your face)."


    3. "Sit outside with your eyes closed for a few minutes and just listen."


    4. "Laugh. Laughing for a certain period of time can trick your brain into thinking that you are happy. You can laugh like a maniac if you would like to."


    5. "Take deep breaths. It also reduces your blood pressure."


    6. "Listen to 'Don’t Stop Me Now' by Queen."


    7. "Put on a brand-new pair of socks."


    8. "Start a list. Write down one new thing you're grateful for. It can be something as small as the mesh office chair you're sitting in right now so your butt ain't all swampy."


    9. "One really effective method is to write a heartfelt note to someone who means a lot to you and has positively impacted your life, then hand-deliver it to the person."


    10. "Whisper 'Beep Boop.' Plug your nose and say 'Sneep Snoop.' Say 'Boopedeedoop' in a really deep voice. Try and say 'Bubbles' in the angriest voice you can. Repeat the ones you like until you're not sad."


    11. "Dance like no one's watching."


    12. "If you spell the word 'headache' out loud quickly and in a kind of singsong voice, it kind of rhymes and sounds silly. The 'e' at the end usually makes your voice lilt upward. It makes me giggle."


    13. "When I'm feeling super down and lethargic, 9 out of 10 times, if I drink a huge cup of water, I start feeling a million times better right away."


    14. "Sign up to be a bone marrow donor via DKMS (they operate in the US, UK, and most of Europe). You sign up online, they send you a swab to your house, and you mail it back. Knowing that you could save someone's life from an action so small makes you feel a little bit happy."


    15. "Let people in front of you in line at the store because they have fewer items."


    16. "Watch Family Guy right after smoking a huge blunt."


    17. "Do some light exercise — a walk, a jog, or even just some jumping jacks. It releases endorphins and will improve your mood and reduce stress."


    18. "Make a mental picture about a place that makes you happy and picture yourself walking through it."


    19. And, finally, "masturbate."

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    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.