How to Instantly Shift Your Mood

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC

If you are finding it difficult to remain positive, optimistic and happy during these challenging times, you are not alone. However, it is more important than ever not to succumb to the negativity and let it drag you down. Negativity affects our energy level, mood, and health. Scientific research has proven that negative emotions actually change our blood chemistry and cause disease. (The Healing Field: Exploring Energy and Consciousness explains this phenomenon and ways to reverse it.)

In a time when we need all the positive reserves available to overcome stress and difficulties, it’s critical to fuel ourselves with as much positive energy as we can and avoid negative energy whenever possible. We can do this by noticing when we are experiencing stress, anger, fear or any negative emotion. Then switch our focus to something that makes us feel good such as a loved one or a favorite memory – anything that creates a sense of peace, love and gratitude within us. By doing this, we undo the harmful effects of the negative feelings that we experience.

Music is a great tool to instantly shift our mood and focus without exerting any effort. I listen to uplifting music while getting ready each morning to ensure that I start my day in a positive emotional state. Below is my most recent list of top 10 songs (not in any particular order) that automatically put me in a good mood and positive mindset. (Click on the songs below to listen for free. Enjoy!)

  1. On Our Way – MercyMe, Sam Wesley
  2. New Day – Danny Gokey
  3. September – Tauren Wells
  4. The Reason – Unspoken
  5. Next to Me – Jordan Feliz
  6. Come Alive – Years and Years, Jesse Glynne
  7. Smile – Sidewalk Prophets
  8. Speak Life – TobyMac
  9. Greater – MercyMe
  10. Even Then – Micah Tyler

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

 “Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

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