Moodraising is a High Purpose (or at Least, a Higher Purpose Than You'd Think)

>> Friday

Mood is different than pleasure. Pleasure can be produced by many things that harm you in the long run. But what raises your mood is almost always good for you. Your mood is an excellent indicator of healthy actions, healthy thoughts, and healthy emotions.

In other words, your mood reflects what is good. A good mood is a measure of many good, positive, uplifting, healthy, constructive qualities of your life at the moment.

If you do healthy things — mentally and physically healthy — it raises your mood. When good things happen to you, same thing. When you really connect with people, when you live your life lovingly, when you're inspired and inspiring, when you're motivated and motivating, when you are thinking and acting sanely, your mood is usually good.

A good mood is a good indicator of the quality of your life. What is something healthy you can do today that will raise your mood? Here are some suggestions: Top Ten Ways To Raise Your Mood.

Adam Khan is the author of Self-Help Stuff That Works and Cultivating Fire: How to Keep Your Motivation White Hot

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Interesting Facts About Smiling

>> Monday

When I saw an article on smiling, I didn't think there could be much to write about, but I was wrong. In The Untapped Power of Smiling, Ron Gutman reveals quite a few interesting facts about smiling. Among them:

A Wayne State University research project "examined the baseball cards photos of Major League players in 1952. The study found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life!"

"Have you ever wondered why being around children who smile frequently makes you smile more often? Two studies from 2002 and 2011 at Uppsala University in Sweden confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles."

"In a study conducted in the UK (using an electromagnetic brain scan machine and heart-rate monitor to create “mood-boosting values” for various stimuli), British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars; they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash."

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