What are Good Mood Activities?

Two girls performing good mood activities

I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve been told that good mood activities are important in treating depression. This list is a suggestion based on what’s worked for me (and others I know), but feel free to add your ideas in the comments!

Music and singing

It’s scientifically proven that listening to uplifting music can lift your mood and make you feel happier. Singing is a great way to express yourself, release tension, and connect with others through music. Singing relieves stress by reducing cortisol levels (the hormone that causes stress). These two factors make for an effective antidote for low-mood days.

As if all this wasn’t enough reason to sing it up more frequently, another benefit of singing is its ability to improve your mood! Studies have shown that singing regularly increases self-confidence and self-esteem while reducing depression symptoms such as anxiety and sadness. If you’ve ever felt like everything was going wrong in life but then started belting out tunes at karaoke night—or even just practiced one of those embarrassing dance moves during “Call Me Maybe”—then there’s no question: You know how powerful music can be when it comes time for Good Mood Activities!

Spending time in nature

Spending time in nature is one of the best good mood activities. It can give you a refreshing break from your screen-based life and provide you with the opportunity to connect with yourself and the world around you.

You can enjoy nature by going for walks, hiking, kayaking or rafting, or exploring your local parks. Make sure to bring some water, snacks, and warm clothing if necessary! You may also want to consider packing something fun like Frisbees or balls if there are children with you. If it’s not possible for everyone in your group to go outside at once (and many times, this isn’t possible), consider going out later when fewer people will be around so that everyone has equal access to the parking space without feeling rushed or crowded out by other visitors who might be there during different hours of the day than yours–this way everyone gets their turn at having fun!

Remember: being outside doesn’t mean just being close enough distance away from home base with technology. Instead, try connecting with nature through good mood activities such as hiking/walking – which allow us all time away from screens while still providing us essential nutrients needed for healthy living, such as vitamin D from sunlight exposure (which helps regulate circadian rhythms).

Writing and drawing

Writing and drawing can be fun ways to express your emotions. They can also help you process your emotions, think about them, or work through them. Writing may be the best way to express your feelings and make sense of what’s happening inside you.

This may sound intimidating at first, but it will become second nature with practice! Some things that might help:

Keep a journal where no one else will see it (or only certain people are allowed to read it)

Write out what happened during the day, then write down what happened during each part of the day in order from start time until end time (this is called an “event log”)

Write down what happened as soon as possible after an event happens so there won’t always be details missing later on when trying to remember something specific

Games and sports

Playing a game with a friend or family member is a great way to boost your mood. It’s also an excellent way to get out of the house and enjoy yourself! You can choose from all sorts of games—board games, card games, sports, and outdoor games. The important thing is that you have fun doing it.

Games like Monopoly and chess are great for exercising your brain now and then. If you are feeling bored or stressed in life, these games will keep you thinking so that nothing else seems as difficult anymore! If possible, we recommend playing outside as this helps us relax more and forget about our problems temporarily since there’s always some kind of distraction around us if needed.

Cuddling with pets

A pet is great for this. Pets can offer companionship, comfort, and a source of joy. They are also known to lower stress levels, which is great for your mental health.

If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting one from a local shelter or rescue group!


We all know the feeling of being in a bad mood. Having a bad day or not being ready to deal with the world can take a toll on your life. But what if there was a way to get out of that funk without relying on drugs or other external factors? The answer is simple: by doing good mood activities that make us feel happy, we can lift our spirits and find happiness within ourselves instead of relying on outside sources.