17 Ways To Cheer Up When You Feel Down

This post is by Dirk from Upgradereality.com.

Sometimes it’s just not your day or your week, and all of life’s daily obstacles—the problems that you usually handle without blinking an eye—seem to have the power to drive a dagger into your heart and make you want to give up on everything.

Everyone feels vulnerable, sad, and lonely from time to time but if you know how to cheer yourself up, then you’ll get through many of those tough moments just fine. In fact, you’ll learn to appreciate the sad moments because when you experience them, you know you’re alive and life has both ups and downs. That’s what makes life so great.

Here I’ve listed 17 different ways that can cheer you up when you feel sad, and you’ll be sure to find at least one way that will put a smile on your face when everything else makes you frown.

1. Breathe

Take five minutes and consciously breathe. Count your breaths, inhale and exhale. When you focus on breathing, you will notice that you become more relaxed and your worries and troubles melt away.

2. Take a long walk

Even if you have big troubles, usually a long walk through a scenic environment like a forest, park or mountain will take your mind off your worries. Nature is beautiful. Let it soothe you.

3. Watch an episode of Friends

I have probably watched every episode of Friends, the sitcom series from a few years ago, ten times and it always gets a smile on my face. Feeling down? Just watch an episode or two and your mood will lift.

4. Listen to Arnold Schwarzenegger

Just Google “Arnold Schwarzenegger switchboard” and you’ll see what I mean. It’s an online switchboard with recorded clips from Arnold and his awesome accent. Guaranteed to make you feel better!

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6. Pig out on ice-cream

Stuffing yourself with your favorite flavor of ice-cream always does wonders. It might not be healthy, and it might not be a solution, but damn, it tastes good—and makes you feel better!

7. Play with a dog

Dogs never seem to have big troubles. They are always energetic and up for fun. Ask someone who has a dog if you can borrow it for a couple of hours, or the day, and take your new best friend for a run.

8. Take a bubble bath

Draw a nice warm bath full of bubbles and bath salts. Relax and soak your troubles in the water—and leave them behind when you get out.

9. Paint

Get a canvas or a wall or something that you can paint on, and let your emotions flow. Let the paintbrush and colors flow freely and your mood will lift.

10. Sing

You may not be in the mood to sing, because generally people only sing when they are happy. But put on your favorite song and sing along. You will begin to feel better, and it might even change your mood completely!

11. Create something

I mentioned painting earlier, but you can do anything you want. Pottery, drawings, carpentry, paper-mache, a song, and Lego are just a few ideas. Be artistic and just make something with your own two hands! I wrote a post on how to be creative if you need inspiration.

12. Make a list

Get a pen and paper and make a list of something. It can be a list of why life is awesome, a list of goals you want to achieve, a list of your favorite things in the world … you name it.

13. Bake a cake

Even if you never bake, baking a cake once in a blue moon can be fun. It can be cool to whip up all the ingredients and create something delicious—especially when you are feeling a little down. And you can devour it to make you feel even better (or at least get a sugar rush…)!

14. Enjoy friends, food, and movies

Ask your best friends to come over for the night, get some good movies and great food, and just hang out. You don’t even have to say anything to each other—just enjoy the movies, food, and each other’s company.

15. Buy yourself flowers

A fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers always cheers me up. They smell amazing and look so pretty. I can often notice a big lift in my mood when I have flower in front of me for a few hours.

16. Blow bubbles

It’s so simple, and yet so fascinating. Dip the little stick in the soapy water and blow on it to make a bubble that floats through the air. See how effortlessly it floats and let that take your mind off whatever is bothering you.

17. Happiness comes from within

Even though many of these suggestions will cheer you up and put you in a better mood, true happiness comes from within. The only person who can ultimately make you happy is you.

If you feel down because of other people, remember that it is you who gives those other people the power to let you be down. If you allow them to hurt you, they can … but not always. I find that the less I rely on other things or people for my happiness, the easier it is to be happy. Don’t you?

Dirk was born in Amsterdam but now lives in South Africa where he writes about personal development on his popular blog Upgradereality.com. Get his free ebook with 117 proven tips to change your life for good here.

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Comments

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    Nice!!! I love 16

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      • Tiff says:

        Do you really think your Mom is the only Claudia in the world?

        • Emily says:

          Tiff, Why would you be so rude on an article about being happy? People search for this and read it because they are feeling down. Then there’s you, making me dislike humanity more than before I read this article. Shut your face.

  2. Fajr Breeze says:

    OH HAPPY DAY :) I was in need of such a article, thank you

  3. Max Bronson says:

    Lately, I’ve taken to watching Charlie Sheen’s “Winning Recipes”. Hilarious video of him teaching to cook.

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  6. I agree! We need to do things to bring us out of the doldrums when we get there! I have a post I’d like to share- One good belly laugh everyday!
    Bernice

  7. Jewel says:

    I am down due to a best friend leaving, and these will probably help when it’s morning :) Thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    Useful tips, thanks!

  9. MK says:

    Thank you sooo much for this list. seriously, you are a life-saver :) especially like no. 5 – the sayings website. it’s a treasure.

  10. Kelly says:

    *Sigh* Poor me! I did so many of these things and I’m still sad! Oh, well!

  11. hootie says:

    i am still sad my brother lost an ipod and got another one and he found one i tried all the things it did make me feel a little better

  12. reza says:

    Thanks after all. These things sure are of temporary help, but nothing can make us,or at least me, happier than death..

  13. Chonky McChonkerson says:

    Watch an episode of FRIENDS?!

  14. SONALI CHAKRABORTY says:

    Wonderful way to energize oneself

  15. see ya says:

    None of this reallyy works 4 me but thanks

  16. Igge says:

    Thanks! If was vey helpful!

  17. Igge says:

    Very*

  18. Dovakhin says:

    No. 17 The Deepest..The Strongest.. Bless you Everyone :D

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  20. vid says:

    This doesnt work for me… because of my frds and my dear once only im feeling down…
    i dont feel anything right now..
    i cant be alone either. I hate being at this condition.

  21. joana love says:

    I always do no.14, I love the fact that my friends and family are always there to support me. :)
    I also read some inspirational quotes in the net whenever I’m down. :)

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  23. Madison says:

    I love #8! A french vanilla bubble bath always makes me smile,it smells amazing!

  24. Sushi says:

    Thank you for the awesome tips! They’re just what I needed!

  25. Hana says:

    hey, i’ve read your tips, so cool!

    i’m having a bit trouble with my far love :(

    i’m living in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, and i love a man who is living in Hanoi….

    well… because the distance so far away, i’m bored and stuck into the mess of feelings

    i dont know how to better :(

  26. aryan says:

    Whoa…thanks a ton…that’s what I was looking for after I had a wreck of a relationship….it really did help….peace on u bro…ciao

  27. these thigs dont work my life is still terrible but thx

  28. awesomeness says:

    heyyyyyy ppls

  29. awesomeness says:

    good tips

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  31. awesomeness says:

    soooo bored lol

  32. awesomeness says:

    soooo what ya ppls doin lol jk

  33. Sonia says:

    Great Tips thanks…
    Being sad is a mental state and it might gives you an exaggerated picture of it to make you feel even worse. Be realistic, write down your problems or issues on a paper, and also write possible solutions. And read your solution part whenever u feel down

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  35. Lou says:

    I agree with the very last statement..I’ve just had the ultimate upset…my new boyfriend who was perfect for me or so I thought, broke up with me a couple of nights ago via text as he’s now realised he’s not over his ex. He’s really upset…how does he think I feel?? I’ve got lots of pressies to get shot of and now a long dull Xmas ahead.

  36. Jon says:

    Are there any that are a little more for boys going through exams?

  37. Megan says:

    I was having such a bad day. I was being taken advantage of. I just needed something, something like this. ;)

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    you know, it was the most helpful website i ever seen!!!!!i loved number 17…no one can be with us for ever….

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  40. Daryl says:

    thks for the help… i quarreled with my mother and this cheered me up i actually skipped 5 days of school cos of that

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    Whenever you’re feeling down, remember you’re the sperm that won.

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  43. pgoy says:

    what to do when your gf for 7yrs decides to breakup with you? How to cheer up??? :(

  44. jack.ridlington says:

    i found myself agreeing with no.17 more than anything. if you find your down most of the time so not through circumstance but because you’re basically a miserable sht (not insulting this is true of myself as well) then these ideas will probably not help, you just have to…. get on with life.. i hate that phrase but seems to be true and also i’d advise to be a bit of a whiner. i’m too hung up on the principle that i will not allow myself to bring others down, though in reality telling people can sometimes help. well i’d hope so anyway, not that i’ve ever tried

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  51. Kg says:

    Hey I wud jst lyk to share wot am gng thru its been 7 years dat which evr frnd I made left me bcz f sm or d other reason ..had fights,jealousy nd hell lot f stuff buh I still hv a soft corner for evry frnd I made since 6th standard evn d guy i loved left me ..d Cllg girls hate me coz am popular in Cllg amongst d boys ! Buh is it really my fault dat I always end up making guy frnz nd nt female frnz ! Now my situation is wen evr I think sm1 is getting real close to me …I step back ! Anyways ur ice cream suggestion worked :) thank you :)

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    I’m in love with number two.you know sometimes you can walk from home to somewhere you don’t know only to find out that you start thinking about the past.The past can have a lot for you in future.you even think about memories(good memories)I bealive that can cheer you up.I FEEL BETTER NOW.THANK YOU EVERYONE

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  55. anna says:

    I do everything you said in here, but only I watch “Sex and the City” or movie Borat. Also not only bubble bath, but simply is washing your hair works great too, bc hair absorb a lot of negativity and washing it away freshen your mind instantly , makes you think differently . Making a call to a really funny friend always cheers me up. Read book with motivational quotes “1000 words of wisdom” helps me every time. Thanks

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    “I find that the less I rely on other things or people for my happiness, the easier it is to be happy. Don’t you?”

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    If you find yourself falling back into the unhappy, try this article: http://www.selfstairway.com/how-to-cheer-yourself-up/ (it helped me)

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