One of my favorite things to do when I have had a difficult day is to do something kind for someone else. I know that sounds counter intuitive and that we need to be kind to ourselves too, but sincerely, nothing assists in changing my mood faster than fostering kindness. It pulls my focus away from myself and it is a gift that gives back.
Yes, there are times a hot bath, a massage, or a new pair of shoes does do the trick, but a quick, free, and easy way to change my mood is to show some kindness to another being. Smiling at a child when you don’t feel like it. Kissing them on the head when you feel like screaming at them. Taking a minute to scratch your dog’s belly in the midst of chaos can reset that internal meter that is running out of steam.
Kindness is often repaid with kindness so don’t be surprised if you find yourself the recipient of another’s act of kindness back. Now that’s a mood booster times two!
“Choose Your Mood”, is the philosophy behind Lynette Lovelace’s new lifestyle brand, Lifetherapy. Lovelace created a line of luxury apothecary products inspired by the therapeutic powers of fragrance and mood. Lovelace states her intentions naming her fragrances: Play, Vacation, Escape, Chill, and Flirt. Products range from everyday hand crèmes, to pulse point oil roll-on perfumes, ultra rich body crèmes, hydrating body lotions and skin nourishing body scrubs. She reminds us that “mood is a choice, your feelings are contagious, and there has never been another you.”