7 easy ways to improve your mood ASAP

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Few things match the irksome sensation that bubbles up inside of you when you hear someone say, “You must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed.” Everyone—and I mean everyone—is entitled to have a bad day. There is no yin without the yang.

Regardless, there will be times when your slump is nothing but quicksand—burying you deeper and deeper until you’re fully submerged. The good news is, life is about perspective. There is a way out; you just have to change the way you see things. Below are some deadly ideas that often poison our thoughts, and here’s how you can turn those lethal musings around:

“I’m broke.” No, you’re not. Money may not come to you easily, but you’re not as broke as it may seem. Yes, your bills probably have a foreboding presence that looms over you at the end of the month, but you’re still managing. Odds are, you have a roof over your head, shoes on your feet and food in your mouth. You may feel broke, but considering you’re reading this on the Internet, you’re already more privileged than half the world.

“I wasn’t good enough for him/her.” If you ever let this thought flow through your mind, stop immediately. Don’t ever think you’re not good enough for anything, let alone a guy or girl. The truth is, he/she wasn’t good enough for you. End of story.

“I’m getting so old.” I’m not going to sugarcoat it; it’s hard to realize you’re no longer that bright-eyed, bushy-tailed college student ready to take on the world. After a few years have passed, you suddenly feel like a dilapidated hen rather than a spring chicken. But you’re not old. Aging means that you’ve had the privilege to still be alive and live your life. Age is just a number; true beauty is in appreciating that time you’ve had.

“College left me with a mountain of debt.” No matter how you look at it, debt is never a pleasant thing. Instead of thinking about what you don’t have (i.e. a truck full of money and gold), think about what you’ve gained—an education. Millions of people all are around the world would give their right arm to be given an opportunity to educate themselves. People take loans out for houses, cars, businesses, etc., all of which could be revoked instantly. Your education is priceless.

“I’m working a dead-end job.” Ah, this is another instance were you need a reality check. Instead of worrying about how depressing your job is, be appreciative of the fact that you have a job. Most of the Pessimistic Pansies are probably rolling their eyes, but seriously, it’s something to be thankful for.

 “I don’t fit in with this group. They don’t like me.” Everyone’s experienced the awkward instances where they find themselves among people who are completely different from themselves. It can either complement the start of a relationship or cause no further relationship to exist. Again, just because you’re not like everyone else, doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. It just means that your experiences differ from other people, ultimately molding you into a distinctive individual. Be satisfied that your personality can’t be patented and sold off to everyone else.

“My life never goes the way I’ve planned.” It wouldn’t be called life if every day was premeditated. What are the memories that are glued to the back of your eyelids? I can take a guess that most of them are the sporadic, spontaneous moments in life when you just “went with it.” If you’ve mapped your entire life out, you might be wildly disappointed when things don’t go your way. On the other hand, you can look at every day like a new adventure. Who knows where you’ll end up?

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Alyssa Samson is an editor and writer who has an unusual obsession with volcanoes. After receiving a BA from the University of Denver in 2011 and an MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2012, she now works endlessly to become the next Bill Nye the Science Guy. Her short-lived glory days included being bitten by a woodchuck as a former zookeeper, and writing an article on Yellowstone’s volcanism for National Geographic. She prides herself in the fact that her credit score is phenomenal, and that she has read the Harry Potter series seven times. You can reach Alyssa on Twitter: @Sams6064.