Boost Your Mood Naturally

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Need a boost?

by Susan Hall

Who needs a vacation to feel happier? Simple things (like hugging your pup) can brighten your day. Here’s our list of things to do to boost your mood now!

Play with a furry friend

Petting a dog for just 15 minutes releases the feel-good hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, and lowers the stress hormone cortisol, a University of Missouri–Columbia study says. You’re more of a cat person? No worries: Other research has found that playing with your kitty gives a similar mood and health boost.

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