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    26 Mood-Boosting Things For When You're Feeling Blue

    Bookmark this for when you're feeling a little down.

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    1. An energy lamp for anyone who doesn't get enough sun during the day.

    It mimics natural sunlight (so it can help improve your mood and reset your circadian rhythm for better sleep) but doesn't have the harmful UV rays!

    Promising review: "I love this light. It makes me feel way better when it's grim and dark and wintry. It's very bright and just what I was looking for. I guess my cat missed the sun, too, because she makes a point of lying in front of it when it's on, and it makes her less grumpy. Light therapy for elderly cats: highly recommended. Light therapy for people: also recommended." —Shiyiya

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    2. A scented candle that'll give you the best kind of aromatherpy — the kind that smells like home.

    Each candle is made of all-natural soy wax and has a 60–80 hour burn time! For example, the Texas candle smells like dark leather, fresh pine, and thick lemon slices combined with cyclamen and a touch of sage.

    Promising review: "This candle smells beautiful! It smells like springtime in Missouri. Just like the flowering trees that we had in my backyard when I was growing up. My father just passed away, and this is just what I needed to remind me of home now that I live thousands of miles away." —La Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    3. A pack of high-quality chocolate bars (made with ethically sourced cocoa beans) to stimulate your taste buds and your brain.

    For real though, science says that eating chocolate can actually bring you joy! Each pack includes dark chocolate with salted caramel, dark chocolate with sea salt, milk chocolate with salted caramel, and milk chocolate with sea salt!

    Promising review: "BEST chocolate ever! I love, love, love their dark chocolate. Super rich, smooth, and just amazing. Plus the ingredients are good. This is a godsend." —Christine

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $16.10. Or, check out the best places to order chocolate online!

    4. An adorable book about a bunny who does yoga both children and adults can appreciate.

    Promising review: "Love this for a friend who wants to start yoga. Well, the bunny is the perfect little teacher. Darling, and will make you smile." —little wren

    Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

    5. An adjustable silk sleep mask (with earplugs) because nothing will cure crankiness like a good night's rest.

    This eye mask is made of natural mulberry silk!

    Promising review: "I usually don’t write reviews, but I have to with this one. It’s fantastic. It’s so soft, silky, and comfortable. I’m a very light sleeper so any kind of movement around me will wake me, but I will sleep through a lot more while wearing this. My fiancé (a VERY heavy sleeper and night shift worker) kept asking to use it because he liked it so much (even though he can sleep through just about anything), so I got him one as well. The earplugs are a nice extra, too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.96+ (available in three colors). Check out other products people swear by for getting more sleep!

    6. A monthly secondhand book subscription so you can immerse yourself in a good read when real life gets tough.

    You can opt for one or two books per month. All the books are sourced from a used bookstore! The subscription comes with a tea or coffee sample.

    Promising review: "I enjoy this subscription beyond what I anticipated. The books are stretching my literary choices, and the extras are special. The fact that these are secondhand or repurposed books adds extra value." —Elizabeth

    Get a monthly subscription from Cratejoy for $9.99+. Check out other awesome book subscription boxes!

    7. A gratitude journal with inspiring quotes that just might get you to focus on the positive.

    Promising review: "I am so grateful that I bought this journal. I love how instead of just listing everything I am grateful for every day (you can do that, too, if you want), I have space to elaborate why I am grateful. So every day I dedicate one page to one thing I am grateful for and why and then I read a previous one and the quotes. I love it, and it works." —Crusille

    Get it from Amazon or Knock Knock for $16.

    8. A giant mango stress toy that can be super satisfying to squeeze when you're feeling anxious. Bonus: it smells like the real thing!

    Promising review: "I would honestly give this more stars if I could. The squishy is slow-rising, has no defects, and it smells amazing! I have been playing with it constantly, and I see no chipping or damaging. It's an amazing addition to a squishy collection." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.58. Check out other awesome fidget toys!

    9. A set of fizzy bath bombs for taking a relaxing soak after a long day.

    These bath bombs are made of peppermint, sweet orange, lemon, rose, lavender, or citronella essential oils!

    Promising review: "These are amazing bath bombs! They smell great and are so relaxing for those over-worked days! No color residue left on skin or in the tub when done!" —Jamie

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. An eggplant emojibator guaranteed to give you a chuckle and a good time. 😏🍆💦

    This handy vibrator has 10 vibration settings and is made of medical-grade, body-safe silicone. It's also waterproof for bath and shower play, so go nuts!

    Get it from Emojibator for $29. Or check out the best sex toys you can get on Amazon!

    11. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can combine two stress-relieving activities into one: taking a hot shower and listening to your fave Spotify playlist (while singing along loudly, of course).

    Promising review: "The charge on this speaker lasts so long that it's creepy. Is someone sneaking into the house to charge it when I'm not around? I don't know. I do know that it puts out some loud music for me to sing along to in the shower." —Nicholles Brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    And check out our picks for the best bluetooth speakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. An adult coloring book filled with mesmerizing patterns and sassy quotes like "Suck it up, buttercup" for releasing some pent-up aggression.,

    Promising review: "This is a great coloring book. The paper is thick to prevent bleeding to the next page if coloring with markers. Wonderful and funny way to zone out and relax after a trying day." —K_Carter

    Get it from Amazon for $4.20. Also, get a 50-pack of coloring pencils from Amazon for $6.50.

    13. A majestic print of a unicorn llama who does NOT have time for your drama. Just gaze at her and all your troubles will disappear.

    Get it from Paul Fuentes on Society6 for $24.99+ (available in five sizes).

    14. A book of good deeds (that can double as a journal) because being kind to others can also make you feel good.

    Promising review: "I love this little book. It's cute and a great reminder of little deeds we can do each day to make the world a better place. This would make a great gift for someone. I got it for myself as a reminder that I need to give a little bit to others every day!" —Kristin Eth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.25.

    15. A bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten up your home and your mood.

    Get 18 tulips from Bouqs for $48. Also, check out the best places to order flowers online!

    16. A mason jar indoor herb garden so you can cultivate some greenery even if you live in a tiny apartment with no yard or patio.

    Each herb/planter is sold separately. It uses a hydroponic system that brings nutrients up to the plants' roots while regulating moisture, so there's no guesswork over whether the soil has the right amount of water. Easy peasy!

    Promising review: "I followed the instructions and after about a week, I had seedlings. It's great to watch them grow. And there's no mess of soil. The jars are handy and easy to fill, so we can hang them out of the reach of our greens-loving cats, too." —Coriander

    Get it from Uncommongoods for $20 each (available in six herbs).

    17. An assorted pack of sheet masks perfect for an at-home pamper sesh.

    Promising review: "I am a huge sheet mask fanatic, so I had pretty high expectations for these, and they definitely held up to my expectations! I always like to do other things while wearing a mask, but it can be pretty difficult sometimes when masks have too much essence and slide around the face. These masks weren't like that at ALL! They have a lot of essence in them which helps to really hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, and when you put them on your face, they stay on! The entire time I was able to move around without having to fix up the mask, and afterward, my skin looked very bright. I especially liked the sunflower, rose, and honey masks." —Alina

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.50. Also, check out the best face masks you can buy on Amazon!

    18. A colorful set of guide birds, each representing an inspirational word (such as joy, courage, and generosity), as a chirpy reminder to live your best life.

    The idea is to choose one of these colorful birds every day of the week to be your guide!

    Promising review: "My sister and I bought this for my aunt for Christmas. The day of our planned gift exchange, her Meyer's parrot of 11 years unexpectedly passed away. This gift ended up taking on an extra special meaning. The gratitude bird looks just like him, so it is a lovely reminder of the love and gratitude a pet can bring you. I'm sure it will keep his spirit in their thoughts for many years!" — CJ

    Get it from Uncommongoods for $48.

    19. An online class on painting with watercolors to soothe your tired old soul.

    This class includes 14 streaming HD video lessons, over five hours of close-up instruction, downloadable class resources, and answers to student questions from the instructor.

    Promising review: "I've only just begun with this class, but already I have learned so much that I didn't know. I'm a true beginner that has fumbled through numerous classes, Craftsy as well as others. This fills in what I needed in the beginning (the basics) as well as how to paint a landscape, a seascape, and florals. Those last three items could be separate classes, BUT you get them all in this one class. Love Kateri's teaching style and her careful instructions. Best class ever!" —Saraka46

    Sign up for this class at Craftsy for $59.99 or get a subscription for $14.99/month to access all the online classes! Get a watercolor set from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A set of not-too-cheesy affirmation cards that can even make Eeyore crack a smile.

    Knock Knock

    Promising review: "Cutest little thing! I brought it to my work, and it has the quirkiest, funniest uplifting sayings. I am so happy I bought it as it really does brighten up your day!" —Arriane Morero

    Get them from Amazon for $12.51.

    21. A ~paw-some~ mug to enjoy a cup of coffee while thinking about how life can't be all bad when kittens exist.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10. Or, check out the best mugs you can buy on Amazon!

    22. A weekly list journal with thought-provoking prompts sure to get you thinking some happy thoughts.

    Promising review: "I've loved the reflection and introspection this journal has brought me. First of all, the book is gorgeous and looks great on a coffee table, on a nightstand, or as part of a decorative tray on a table or bed. It makes me happy just to look at it. The lists are thoughtful and the segmentation throughout the journal really helps isolate what makes you happy, what else could make you happy, and how we can achieve these big and small happinesses in our days, weeks, months, and years. I combine this weekly journaling with my nightly Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal and enjoy it very much." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.86.

    23. A durable rubber ball for playing a round of catch with your doggo after you've had a ~ruff~ day.

    Promising review: "I was not sure how these balls would last, however, I purchased because of the reviews. My dog destroys all of her toys and even her tennis balls, which are in her mouth 24/7. I am happy to report that she hasn't destroyed this ball or even taken any chunks out of it. This ball is really amazing. I would buy a truckload of them because she loves it so much. I couldn't be happier and neither could my dog. You can't go wrong with this ball." —rldantoni

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.94. Check out other awesome pet toys you can buy on Amazon!

    24. A motivational exercise mat that might actually get you to work out a little bit. Planking may suck but you'll feel great afterward!,

    Promising review: "Thick, cushy, and a perfect shade of peachy pink! Makes exercising seem less terrible, and I can tell myself I did my best simply by looking down while I’m doing a plank." —KATHRYN M.

    Get it from Bando for $24+ (available in seven designs).

    25. A spontaneous weekend getaway to a city you've always wanted to visit because sometimes you need a little distance to clear your head.

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    26. A Blu-ray DVD of a Pixar movie (like COCO or Moana) to give you all the warm and fuzzy feels. Warning: happy tears may be shed.,

    Promising review: "This movie is funny, has fantastic songs, and will make you feel happy. You will end the movie feeling like you need to fulfill your dreams. I'm so serious." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon: COCO for $24.96 and Moana for $18.98.

    If all else fails, just take a nice walk in the park!

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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