10 Little Things Women Do To Boost Their Moods

10/30/2013 05:09 pm ET
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What's the quickest way to fix a bad mood? It may be one of the sweetest and simplest acts of all: a hug.

Insurance company AXA interviewed male and female Londoners about the little things they did to boost their moods. Here's what the 2,728 women surveyed said would cheer them up on a bad day:

1. A hug. And what could be better than hugging a loved one? Besides being comforting, it lowers your blood pressure, boosts your memory, releases bonding hormone oxytocin and reduces stress and anxiety.

2. Seeing friends. A July 2013 study found that people's happiness increased by 8 percent when they spent time with friends. Though dragging yourself out to happy hour or the movies might be the last thing you feel like when you're in a bad mood, it might be the best thing you can do for yourself.

3. Getting a call or text from a friend. Hearing from someone you care about goes a long way toward making you feel nurtured. Plus, a phone call can be the perfect way to take your mind off of what's bothering you -- or vent to your friend.

4. Taking a walk. Research has shown that a 30-minute stroll improves vigor and wellbeing -- and it's good for your heart, too.

5. Watching a favorite TV show. How could spending 40 minutes engrossed in "Scandal" or "Nashville" not be good for the soul? (More Olivia Pope and Rayna James all the time, please.)

6. Comfort food. We still have a lot to learn about why and how eating affects our emotions, but a plate of something warm and filling can make you feel wonderful. Pass the mac and cheese, please.

7. Listening to music. Upbeat music improves your mood -- especially when paired with a dance party.

8. A cup of tea. Green tea specifically is known to calm you down, boost immunity and lower cholesterol. Get brewing.

9. Spending one-to-one time with a partner. This is pretty intuitive -- especially if sex is involved, since we all know the mood-boosting benefits of that activity.

10. Getting a call or text from a family member. If all else fails, you know your mom will listen to your problems and dispense some much-needed wisdom.

What do you do to improve a bad mood? Comment below, or tweet @HuffPostWomen!

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