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Wellness
Published Thursday Dec 19, 2019 by Sara Lesher

8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work

Personal Growth
Expert Advice
Motivation

Winter is here, which means the weather is colder, and the sun is going down earlier. If you’re feeling an overall sense of bleh, here are a few hacks to boost your mood!

Clean

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: this is supposed to be an article about making us happy, not doing chores. But oftentimes, our living spaces can be reflections of our mental health. You may have noticed when you’re feeling extra stressed, your clothes and dishes start piling up. Of course, this leads to even more stress—it’s a vicious cycle. When you’re down in the dumps, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is start scrubbing last week’s breakfast (or was it lunch?) off your pan, but trust me, you should. You’d be surprised how much your overall mood can change once your home is clean. Plus, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and productivity! (It’s the little things).

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Clean

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: this is supposed to be an article about making us happy, not doing chores. But oftentimes, our living spaces can be reflections of our mental health. You may have noticed when you’re feeling extra stressed, your clothes and dishes start piling up. Of course, this leads to even more stress—it’s a vicious cycle. When you’re down in the dumps, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is start scrubbing last week’s breakfast (or was it lunch?) off your pan, but trust me, you should. You’d be surprised how much your overall mood can change once your home is clean. Plus, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and productivity! (It’s the little things).

Diffuse

Once your house is clean, you’ll want to plug in your diffuser. Each of our senses is powerful in affecting our mood, and smell is an important one. Try using essential oils to help boost your spirit!  A spotless house that also smells ~amazing~ sounds like the perfect combo to me.

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Diffuse

Once your house is clean, you’ll want to plug in your diffuser. Each of our senses is powerful in affecting our mood, and smell is an important one. Try using essential oils to help boost your spirit!  A spotless house that also smells ~amazing~ sounds like the perfect combo to me.

Munch

Just like smell is powerful in affecting our overall mood, taste is crucial as well. I mean, how can you be sad when you’re eating good food? Cook up your favorite meal (and don’t forget to wash your dishes after), or if you don’t feel like messing up that beautifully clean kitchen of yours, go out for a bite. Bring on the dopamine!

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Munch

Just like smell is powerful in affecting our overall mood, taste is crucial as well. I mean, how can you be sad when you’re eating good food? Cook up your favorite meal (and don’t forget to wash your dishes after), or if you don’t feel like messing up that beautifully clean kitchen of yours, go out for a bite. Bring on the dopamine!

Plan

Remember when you were a little kid and couldn’t contain your excitement? You’d stay up all night, too anxious to go to sleep. Think Christmas Eve or the night before Disneyland. That feeling doesn’t go away as an adult. Finding something to be excited about is a great way to boost your overall happiness. Plan a trip, an outing, even just a quick happy hour with friends. Try to have something fun on the calendar to look forward to whenever you can, because the days leading up to it will be better too—discussing your excitement with friends, planning activities, outfits, etc. We all need something to be excited for!

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Plan

Remember when you were a little kid and couldn’t contain your excitement? You’d stay up all night, too anxious to go to sleep. Think Christmas Eve or the night before Disneyland. That feeling doesn’t go away as an adult. Finding something to be excited about is a great way to boost your overall happiness. Plan a trip, an outing, even just a quick happy hour with friends. Try to have something fun on the calendar to look forward to whenever you can, because the days leading up to it will be better too—discussing your excitement with friends, planning activities, outfits, etc. We all need something to be excited for!

Go...

Outside! Sunshine is nature’s medicine, seeping into our skin and making us feel good. But even if you live somewhere the sun doesn’t shine this time of year, going outside for some fresh air is great for your mental state. Get out of the office on your lunch break and go for a quick walk. Being outdoors is an amazing (and free!) mood booster. Grab your friends for a hike, bundle up and eat your dinner on the patio, or even just step outside for a quick fix. Cooping up inside all day is never fun. (Unless you found a new binge-worthy show. Then we understand).

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Go...

Outside! Sunshine is nature’s medicine, seeping into our skin and making us feel good. But even if you live somewhere the sun doesn’t shine this time of year, going outside for some fresh air is great for your mental state. Get out of the office on your lunch break and go for a quick walk. Being outdoors is an amazing (and free!) mood booster. Grab your friends for a hike, bundle up and eat your dinner on the patio, or even just step outside for a quick fix. Cooping up inside all day is never fun. (Unless you found a new binge-worthy show. Then we understand).

Sing

Alright, you don’t actually have to sing, but at least listen to music. Yeah, we’re using another one of our senses—shocker! The incredible power of music not only brings people together, but can help us access any of our emotions. If you want to feel happier, play a happy song! Tip: turn on some fun dance music while cleaning, it’ll definitely make it more enjoyable. 

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Sing

Alright, you don’t actually have to sing, but at least listen to music. Yeah, we’re using another one of our senses—shocker! The incredible power of music not only brings people together, but can help us access any of our emotions. If you want to feel happier, play a happy song! Tip: turn on some fun dance music while cleaning, it’ll definitely make it more enjoyable. 

Hug

That’s it! We can dive into the science behind human touch, or you can just trust us—a nice big hug can make you a whole lot happier. You’ve probably experienced it yourself, but you may not know all the benefits of hugging (hint: check out #4).

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Hug

That’s it! We can dive into the science behind human touch, or you can just trust us—a nice big hug can make you a whole lot happier. You’ve probably experienced it yourself, but you may not know all the benefits of hugging (hint: check out #4).

Sweat

For some, working out might fall into the same category as cleaning: things we really don’t want to do right now. Others might’ve already experienced the uplifting effects of getting their sweat on! Exercise naturally releases endorphins and the happy hormones in our brains (norepinephrine and serotonin), so even if you hate your life during that cycling class, you’ll sure feel good after. (P.S. If you don’t know where to start, you can find local classes on Mindbody.io or the MINDBODY app!)

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Sweat

For some, working out might fall into the same category as cleaning: things we really don’t want to do right now. Others might’ve already experienced the uplifting effects of getting their sweat on! Exercise naturally releases endorphins and the happy hormones in our brains (norepinephrine and serotonin), so even if you hate your life during that cycling class, you’ll sure feel good after. (P.S. If you don’t know where to start, you can find local classes on Mindbody.io or the MINDBODY app!)

Sara Lesher About the Author Headshot
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Grammy-Nominee Inspired Playlists to Fit Any Workout

Fitness
Motivation
Cardio

If you’re trying to craft the perfect workout playlist, you should choose songs that have BPMs (beats per minute) similar to your heart rate during that workout. We used this handy BPM tool to curate four playlists of songs from our favorite Grammy-nominees to fit into your exercise routine!

For your stretching and warm-up... 

While you’re stretching, stick to songs with a slower BPM and work your way up to higher ones for your warm-up. We’ve made it simple—just turn off shuffle-mode and start listening!

1.    Bad Idea – YBN Cordae ft. Chance the Rapper
       (82 BPM)
2.    This Land – Gary Clark Jr. (82 BPM)
3.    Higher – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John
       Legend (84 BPM)
4.    You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift
       (85 BPM)
5.    Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee (90 BPM)
6.    No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake (93 BPM)
7.    11 PM – Maluma (96 BPM)
8.    Ballin – Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch (97 BPM)
9.    History Repeats – Brittany Howard (98 BPM)
10.   MALAMENTE - Cap.1: Augurio – Rosalía 
        (98 BPM)
11.   Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi 
        (110 BPM)
12.   Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 
        (117 BPM) 
13.   Underwater – RÜFÜS DU SOL (118 BPM)
14.   Down Bad – Dreamville ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, 
        EARTHGANG & Young Nudy (121 BPM)
15.   Linked – Bonobo (122 BPM)

          LISTEN NOW
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For your stretching and warm-up... 

While you’re stretching, stick to songs with a slower BPM and work your way up to higher ones for your warm-up. We’ve made it simple—just turn off shuffle-mode and start listening!

1.    Bad Idea – YBN Cordae ft. Chance the Rapper
       (82 BPM)
2.    This Land – Gary Clark Jr. (82 BPM)
3.    Higher – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John
       Legend (84 BPM)
4.    You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift
       (85 BPM)
5.    Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee (90 BPM)
6.    No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake (93 BPM)
7.    11 PM – Maluma (96 BPM)
8.    Ballin – Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch (97 BPM)
9.    History Repeats – Brittany Howard (98 BPM)
10.   MALAMENTE - Cap.1: Augurio – Rosalía 
        (98 BPM)
11.   Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi 
        (110 BPM)
12.   Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 
        (117 BPM) 
13.   Underwater – RÜFÜS DU SOL (118 BPM)
14.   Down Bad – Dreamville ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, 
        EARTHGANG & Young Nudy (121 BPM)
15.   Linked – Bonobo (122 BPM)

          LISTEN NOW
For your strength training… 

This is the playlist you’ll want to jam to during any of your strength training exercises (think HIIT, weightlifting, core, etc.). WARNING: #12 may be stuck in your head for the remainder of your day.

1.    Racks in the Middle – Nipsey Hussle ft 
       Roddy Richh & Hit-Boy (79 BPM)  
2.    Pretty Waste – Bones UK (94 BPM)  
3.    The London – Young Thug ft. J. Cole & 
       Travis Scott (98 BPM)  
4.    Drip Too Hard – Lil Baby & Gunna 
       (113 BPM)  
5.    Exactly How I Feel – Lizzo ft. Gucci 
       Mane (113 BPM)  
6.    Piece of Your Heart – MEDUZA ft. 
       Goodboys (124 BPM)  
7.    Middle Child – J. Cole (124 BPM) 
8.    Got to Keep On – The Chemical Brothers 
       (125 BPM) 
9.    Midnight Hour – Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty 
       Dolla $ign (126 BPM) 
10.  Woman – Karen O & Danger Mouse 
       (126 BPM) 
11.   NI BIEN NI MAL – Bad Bunny (128 BPM) 
12.   Old Town Road – Lil Naz X & Billy Ray 
        Cyrus (136 BPM)  
13.   Talk – Khalid ft. Disclosure (136 BPM) 
14.   God’s Country – Blake Shelton (140 BPM) 
15.   Too Bad – Rival Sons (145 BPM) 

          GET PUMPING
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For your strength training… 

This is the playlist you’ll want to jam to during any of your strength training exercises (think HIIT, weightlifting, core, etc.). WARNING: #12 may be stuck in your head for the remainder of your day.

1.    Racks in the Middle – Nipsey Hussle ft 
       Roddy Richh & Hit-Boy (79 BPM)  
2.    Pretty Waste – Bones UK (94 BPM)  
3.    The London – Young Thug ft. J. Cole & 
       Travis Scott (98 BPM)  
4.    Drip Too Hard – Lil Baby & Gunna 
       (113 BPM)  
5.    Exactly How I Feel – Lizzo ft. Gucci 
       Mane (113 BPM)  
6.    Piece of Your Heart – MEDUZA ft. 
       Goodboys (124 BPM)  
7.    Middle Child – J. Cole (124 BPM) 
8.    Got to Keep On – The Chemical Brothers 
       (125 BPM) 
9.    Midnight Hour – Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty 
       Dolla $ign (126 BPM) 
10.  Woman – Karen O & Danger Mouse 
       (126 BPM) 
11.   NI BIEN NI MAL – Bad Bunny (128 BPM) 
12.   Old Town Road – Lil Naz X & Billy Ray 
        Cyrus (136 BPM)  
13.   Talk – Khalid ft. Disclosure (136 BPM) 
14.   God’s Country – Blake Shelton (140 BPM) 
15.   Too Bad – Rival Sons (145 BPM) 

          GET PUMPING
For your cardio... 

Throw on your headphones and get pumped as you enjoy these catchy tunes. Stick to songs with BPMs under 150 for steady running and crank it up for more intense cardio like indoor cycling or sprinting. Careful, if you try to keep up with #15 on an indoor bike, you might fly away.

     1.    Sola – Luis Fonsi (125 BPM)  

     2.    bad guy – Billie Eilish (135 BPM) 

     3.    Speechless – Dan + Shay (136 BPM)  

     4.    Sucker – Jonas Brothers (138 BPM) 

     5.    7 rings – Ariana Grande (140 BPM) 

     6.    Clout – Offset ft. Cardi B (140 BPM) 

     7.    a lot – 21 Savage ft. J. Cole (146 BPM) 

     8.    Panini – Lil Nas X (154 BPM)  

     9.    Truth Hurts – Lizzo (158 BPM) 

    10.   Hard Place – H.E.R. (160 BPM) 

    11.    It All Comes Out in the Wash – Miranda
            Lambert (164 BPM)  

    12.   Come Home – Anderson .Paak ft. André
            3000 (165 BPM)  

    13.   LA CANCIÓN – J Balvin & Bad
            Bunny (176 BPM) 

    14.   Give Yourself a Try – The 1975 (183 BPM) 

    15.   boyfriend – Ariana Grande & Social
            House (190 BPM)

               START SWEATIN'
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For your cardio... 

Throw on your headphones and get pumped as you enjoy these catchy tunes. Stick to songs with BPMs under 150 for steady running and crank it up for more intense cardio like indoor cycling or sprinting. Careful, if you try to keep up with #15 on an indoor bike, you might fly away.

     1.    Sola – Luis Fonsi (125 BPM)  

     2.    bad guy – Billie Eilish (135 BPM) 

     3.    Speechless – Dan + Shay (136 BPM)  

     4.    Sucker – Jonas Brothers (138 BPM) 

     5.    7 rings – Ariana Grande (140 BPM) 

     6.    Clout – Offset ft. Cardi B (140 BPM) 

     7.    a lot – 21 Savage ft. J. Cole (146 BPM) 

     8.    Panini – Lil Nas X (154 BPM)  

     9.    Truth Hurts – Lizzo (158 BPM) 

    10.   Hard Place – H.E.R. (160 BPM) 

    11.    It All Comes Out in the Wash – Miranda
            Lambert (164 BPM)  

    12.   Come Home – Anderson .Paak ft. André
            3000 (165 BPM)  

    13.   LA CANCIÓN – J Balvin & Bad
            Bunny (176 BPM) 

    14.   Give Yourself a Try – The 1975 (183 BPM) 

    15.   boyfriend – Ariana Grande & Social
            House (190 BPM)

               START SWEATIN'
For your recovery... 

After an intense sweat-sesh, you might want to listen to this one in order. This will help your heart rate gradually return to normal—and you get to end with T-Swift. 
 

1.    Hey, Ma – Bon Iver (144 BPM) 
2.    Always Remember Us This Way – Lady 
       Gaga (130 BPM) 
3.    Could’ve Been – H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller 
       (103 BPM) 
4.    Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend (98 BPM) 
5.    Faraway Look – Yola (83 BPM) 
6.    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde 
       (82 BPM) 
7.    SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – 
       Beyonce (81 BPM) 
8.    Some Of It – Eric Church (80 BPM) 
9.    All Your'n – Tyler Childers (78 BPM) 
10.   Look at Me Now – Emily King (77 BPM) 
11.   LOVE AGAIN – Daniel Caesar & Brandy 
       (77 BPM) 
12.   Norman fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey 
       (77 BPM) 
13.   Say So – PJ Morton ft. JoJo (75 BPM) 
14.   Roll Some Mo – Lucky Daye (75 BPM) 
15.   Lover – Taylor Swift (60 BPM)


              SING YOUR HEART OUT

 

Don't know where to start with your fitness routine? Here's how to work out like your favorite Grammy artists!

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For your recovery... 

After an intense sweat-sesh, you might want to listen to this one in order. This will help your heart rate gradually return to normal—and you get to end with T-Swift. 
 

1.    Hey, Ma – Bon Iver (144 BPM) 
2.    Always Remember Us This Way – Lady 
       Gaga (130 BPM) 
3.    Could’ve Been – H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller 
       (103 BPM) 
4.    Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend (98 BPM) 
5.    Faraway Look – Yola (83 BPM) 
6.    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde 
       (82 BPM) 
7.    SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – 
       Beyonce (81 BPM) 
8.    Some Of It – Eric Church (80 BPM) 
9.    All Your'n – Tyler Childers (78 BPM) 
10.   Look at Me Now – Emily King (77 BPM) 
11.   LOVE AGAIN – Daniel Caesar & Brandy 
       (77 BPM) 
12.   Norman fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey 
       (77 BPM) 
13.   Say So – PJ Morton ft. JoJo (75 BPM) 
14.   Roll Some Mo – Lucky Daye (75 BPM) 
15.   Lover – Taylor Swift (60 BPM)


              SING YOUR HEART OUT

 

Don't know where to start with your fitness routine? Here's how to work out like your favorite Grammy artists!

Sara Lesher About the Author Headshot
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).