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5 Ways Your Smartphone Can Improve Your Mood

You pick up a cell phone several times a day, but can you imagine a cell phone picking you up? Well, they do it all the time. We all know your cell phone makes your life easier. You can order pizza, get directions, chat with friends and even send photos when you feel like doing so, but this little device can also make you feel better when you feel blue. There’s truly no limit to what technology can do these days. Next time you feel down, pick up your cell phone. It will return the favor.

Hunt for Feel Good Music

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If you are feeling low, the easiest way to pick yourself up is to play a song. With Music Hunt, an app for smartphones, you can find the right song to pick you up. Search for an old favorite, such as a hit from the 80s, or surf through a variety of recent hip-hop hits. Satisfy your craving for some feel good rock ‘n roll, sure to blow your blues away in a heartbeat.

This app is perfect for rainy day blues. Add this to all of your work phones and give your crew something to smile about on those long flights. You can do this in a few clicks (or taps) with using just your tablet or smartphone.

Stream a Video, Enjoy a River of Laughter

Streaming videos on your phone is a great way to improve your mood. With today’s phones, you have hundreds of video apps to choose from. Open the YouTube app and search for funny, short videos for a quick laugh to lighten your mood. It’s also free, which will make you smile.

Hulu Plus is also available on select smartphones. You can immediately brighten your mood by watching your favorite sitcom on your phone. You can also download and watch comedies on your phone for a minimal price of around $7.99.

Crack a Joke a Day

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Many apps feature jokes to force you to look at life from a different perspective. Try YoMama Jokes or go for quantity with the app 5000 Jokes, or Best Bar Jokes. All of these apps will make your mood improve immediately.

Chat With a Friend

Another mood-booster is to have a chat with a friend. Open up your favorite messaging app and send a quick note to a friend, or repair a damaged relationship with a nice text. It’s a little easier to start a conversation using texts.

Relive Feel Good Moments

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Load your phone with your favorite pictures of friends, family, and great moments. Put them in a folder called “fun photos” or something similar and browse photos when a blue mood strikes. You’ll start thinking about all the fun times in your life.

You always have your phone with you. When you feel blue, use these suggestions and add a little creativity to turn your smartphone into your personal mood-booster.

 

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HOW TO: Make SMART New Year’s Resolutions

Ramping up for the New Year by making your annual resolutions?

Well, I’ve got bad news for you.

Research indicates that 80% of us break our vows. By Valentine’s Day. That’s just six measly, piddly little weeks after New Year’s. Ouch.

Which begs the question: Why even bother in the first place? We are prone to judging ourselves harshly. We can fall prey to calling ourselves lazy losers if we don’t meet our goals. So why not just write off the process  entirely and go on with our lives?

Well… while we ought to be forgiving of ourselves when we do fall short, I can’t personally subscribe to the “let’s give up, then” mentality, either. As a life coach and self-help writer, I’m a big believer in goals. I  constantly set work-related goals for myself: to finish books on time, to post blogs weekly (or nearly ;-), to maintain my contacts in the publishing world. I also have health resolutions: to maintain my weight within a five-pound range, to exercise vigorously at least four times a week, to eat fresh local organic greens daily. Goals provide a framework for us to envision and create our lives as we wish them to be. They keep us from getting stuck in a rut.

Just make sure that your resolutions are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. In other words, rather than saying, “I’m going to slim down this year,” you’d commit to: “I’ll lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.” It’s then helpful to set sub-goals: “I’ll lose five pounds by the 4th of July,” and to specify HOW you’re going to get the job done: “By joining Weight Watchers and exercising four times a week.” If you’re a techie type, Mashable came up with a handy list of the top 10 iPhone apps for keeping resolutions last year, and I’m certain many of these are now available for Android phones and other platforms. It also helps to share your resolutions with others: make yourself accountable.

Alright, so. What do you think? Are you setting New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are they?

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