5 instant happiness boosters

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - You've heard all the old, boring remedies for stress - meditation, yoga, eat better and exercise, blah, blah, blah. Sure they work, but where is the fun, powerful stuff to boost your mood and stress less now?

Bestselling Author, Speaker & Certified Holistic Health Counselor
Kristen K. Brown offers these tips for happiness in the new year.

5 INSTANT Happiness Boosters

Sing at the top of your lungs. The stimulation of the vagus nerve at the back of the throat prompts relaxation - and the singing makes you smile which releases endorphins - the feel-good chemicals. Do it in the car, at home or on a night out with friends. (sing karaoke)

Eat dark chocolate with red wine. They are filled with antioxidants like resveratrol that help protect your body from the damage that stress chemicals cause and the pleasure they bring enhances your mood.

Play dress-up. Bypass the old reliable black pants and blazer for fun, confidence-boosting apparel that makes you look and feel great. When you look good, you feel good and vice versa so add a little extra effort to your outfit and your mood and attitude will improve instantly.

Have sex. The act is cardiovascular which helps circulate stress chemicals out of the body faster. It also is pleasurable which releases more endorphins. Plus orgasm prompts the release of oxytocin which is also called the cuddle hormone and that is one nice mood booster!

Go outside. Despite the cold temps in MN, getting outside still exposes your body to sunlight and oxygen - both key factors in health and happiness. Sunlight promotes the production of Vitamin D which is one of those miracle vitamins that boosts mood and helps so many other areas of your health as well.

For more information about Kristen Brown and her new bestselling book:
The Happy Hour Effect:
12 Secrets to Minimize Stress & Maximize Life


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