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THREE quarters of us say we need a mood boost in January.

We crave daylight at this time of year, but in the absence of that, Yasmin Harisha and Claire Dunwell bring you ten easy ways you can cheer yourself up in just 30 segundos.

Three quarters of us say we need a mood boost in January

Three quarters of us say we need a mood boost in JanuaryCrédito: Getty

Eat a banana

Bananas are our most popular fruit and they are high in the hormone serotonin

Bananas are our most popular fruit and they are high in the hormone serotoninCrédito: Getty

NANAS are our most popular fruit and they are high in the hormone serotonin, which helps to improve mood and reduce anxiety.

The fruit also contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, and B6 – with the latter also linked to the same happy-helping hormone.

Take a sip of tea

Aussie boffins found that a cuppa perks you up thanks to the amino acid theanine

Aussie boffins found that a cuppa perks you up thanks to the amino acid theanineCrédito: Getty – Contribuyente

THERE’S nothing better than a cuppa to perk you up and much of the reason is thanks to the amino acid theanine in the drink.

Mixed with caffeine, theanine boosts brain activity, mood and gives a sense of relaxation and well-being while also improving alertness, Aussie boffins found.

Smell coffee

One study found that coffee scent in a room improved wellbeing for 90 per cent of people there

One study found that coffee scent in a room improved wellbeing for 90 per cent of people thereCrédito: Getty

IF tea isn’t your . . . er . . . cup of tea you can get a lift from the nation’s other favourite hot drink.

Even the smell of coffee helps, travelling to the part of the brain responsible for emotions.

One study found that coffee scent in a room improved wellbeing for 90 per cent of people there.

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Light a candle

Psychologist Emma Kenny says candles are 'ritualistic' and 'connect us with nostalgia'

Psychologist Emma Kenny says candles are ‘ritualisticand ‘connect us with nostalgiaCrédito: Getty

CANDLE light sends calming signals to the brain and the smell, particulary when scented, is a help too.

Psychologist Emma Kenny says: “Anything that offers sensory pleasure, such as nice smells, connects us with nostalgia.

It’s ritualistic and makes us feel grateful for the moment, lifting mood.”

Chew gum

Chewing gum can reduce anxiety and improve mood in healthy young adults

Chewing gum can reduce anxiety and improve mood in healthy young adultsCrédito: Getty

A STUDY in Japan found using gum regularly can reduce anxiety and improve mood in healthy young adults.

It increases blood flow to the brain and releases nervous energy by reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

It improves alertness too, but choose sugarless to save your teeth.

Reach the big O

The average male and female orgasm lasts ten to 35 seconds and regular sex means more orgasms – a quick and surefire way of warding off the winter blues

The average male and female orgasm lasts ten to 35 seconds and regular sex means more orgasms – a quick and surefire way of warding off the winter bluesCrédito: Shutterstock

ORGASMS are a half-minute mood booster because they flood the brain with health-boosting, feelgood endorphins.

The average male and female orgasm lasts ten to 35 seconds and regular sex means more orgasms – a quick and surefire way of warding off the winter blues.

Sing the chorus

Singing the chorus of your favourite song will activate a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus which is linked to the part of the brain that registers pleasure

Singing the chorus of your favourite song will activate a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus which is linked to the part of the brain that registers pleasureCrédito: Getty

SINGING stimulates a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus which is linked to the part of the brain that registers pleasure.

Singing the chorus of your favourite song will activate it, while deep breathing caused by singing slows the heart rate, raises oxygen levels and relaxes the brain.

Stroke a pet

Stroking, hugging or simply touching an animal can relieve stress and pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression

Stroking, hugging or simply touching an animal can relieve stress and pet owners are less likely to suffer from depressionCrédito: Getty

PET owners are less likely to suffer from depression.

Stroking, hugging or simply touching an animal can relieve stress.

Psychologist Emma explains: “The exchange between cat, dog and owner – that mutual appreciation – helps to bring calm and also stops us feeling on high alert.”

Hold eye contact

Holding eye contact for 30 seconds can lift your mood

Holding eye contact for 30 seconds can lift your moodCrédito: Getty

US researchers say brief interactions with strangers can lift moods.

In a study, half of the volunteers who were asked to start a chat with a stranger reported a better mood than those who weren’t.

If such a task feels daunting, holding eye contact for 30 seconds also brings similar benefits.

Make a victory list

Making a 'victory list' of achievements will make you more driven to face other tasks

Making a ‘victory listof achievements will make you more driven to face other tasksCrédito: Getty

COMPLETING a task and spending half a minute ticking off a to-do list releases dopamine, a neuro-transmitter that generates feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction and happiness, say researchers.

Making a “victory list” of achievements will make you more driven to face other tasks, también.

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