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Be Happy: 5 Natural Mood-Boosters

        Health | Emotions

Meditate or Practice Yoga

Sometimes, you just need a quiet place to breathe.
Sometimes, you just need a quiet place to breathe.
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These quiet, peaceful practices have been proven to have a positive effect on your mood. Study after study shows that meditation, especially when done often, can ease anxiety and increase positive changes in your mood. Yoga also has equally important benefits. A 2010 study found that people who practiced yoga three times a week for an hour had higher levels of the depression-fighting neurotransmitter GABA than those who walked for the same amount of time. These practices require you to turn off the outside world to focus on your breaths and your thoughts, which, in turn, helps you rationalize a situation.


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