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Walk yourself out of your bad mood. Studies show that even a 10-minute walk immediately boosts brain chemistry to increase happiness.
I cannot find the study sources, but I do know that:
Newton’s First Law of Motion states: In an inertial frame of reference, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity unless acted upon by a force.
Once I start walking or biking, I am more prone to find another opportunity to go. When I have a stressful day at work or am upset about something, a nice ride or walk helps to give me perspective and brings me peace. This is something I miss a lot in the winter months as I no longer do any winter sports. As the temperatures have risen above 50, I am out and about again! The wonder of the visions around me, the beautiful world, and the pleasantness of slightly tired muscles; all this helps me feel better in the long run too. My days are filled with more delight. But finding the time to go is always an issue. It takes commitment. I only go 11 – 13 mph, a nice pleasant pace, but my average ride is at least 25 miles. That means 2 hours not counting the time it takes to get where I’ll unload my bike. More if I go for a longer ride, which is also fun, and refreshing and, well, nice.
I commit to myself, to joy, to health. I leave behind being crotchety and grouchy and sad. I may be tired, but it’s in a good way, as I easily fall asleep in my bed at night and awaken refreshed and alert each morning.