Bad days happen every so often. Whether you spilled coffee all over yourself, went on a bad date, had a fight with a friend, whatever the cause it makes you and everyone around you miserable. Think of a bad mood like a disease. You snap at someone, they go snap at someone else, and before you know it you have a pandemic on your hands. It is best to just accept that you are having a bad day and find a way to break it. The last thing you want to do is infect your co-workers, or worse, your family. Unless you are one of those people who just want to watch the world burn.

So before the world bursts into fire, try some of these bad mood busters.

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Try chewing a piece of gum. Chewing a piece of gum may seem pretty pointless, but if your bad mood is caused by stress at work or in life, chewing a piece of gum can really help promote relaxation. There is something primal in humans that really makes them want to rip the throat out of people who are irritating them. Gum helps.

Sniff good scents. Aromatherapy may seem like one big joke, but certain scents are actually quite soothing and helpful. When life gets you down, sniff a vial of orange, peppermint, or lavender oils. All of them boast mood improving and relaxation inducing properties. I have personally found lavender to be very soothing.

Indulge in some chocolate. You never need a reason to eat some chocolate, it is delicious. However, in large amounts it can be bad for you so just have a little. Chocolate is proven to release endorphins, that are basically responsible for us feeling happy. So what better way to make a day better than a sweet snack?

Look at some green. Seems a little weird, yes? Color psychologists say that green symbolizes happiness, perhaps that is why they made money green. Regardless, they believe that the color can stimulate the feeling too. So why not take a break from your day, grab a green pen and doodle something funny. Perhaps if a person in particularly is bothering you, doodle something terrible happening to them. Be sure to keep it hidden though.

Do something nice for someone else. It may sound strange, but doing a nice deed for someone else can help you feel happier. It doesn't have to be something big, it can be as little as holding open a door. however, good deeds make everyone feel better. You can even try it on a person who is irritating you, no matter how hard it is to do, it may make them be nicer and make you feel better.

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Listen to a happy song. Everyone has that one song that really lifts their mood. For me it is a Toradora AMV to Every Time We Touch by Cascada. Whatever the song, it just makes everything better. It can even be a really silly song that just makes you laugh.

Speaking of laughter, why not try that? Laughter is the medicine to everything. Get on youtube real quick and find the funniest video you can think of. Look at jokes. Think of that one time your one friend did that really funny thing. The more genuine the laughter, the better it works. Though even just laughing like an insane person for no reason at all can help as well.

Spend time with your pet. Cuddling up with your cat and dog is a great remedy for stress and a bad mood. It is like sometimes they can sense it and do all sorts of super cute things to cheer you up too. If you are having a bad day, it is really best not to wait. I mean, you wouldn't want to last out at your innocent animals for no reason, right? Give them a hug, spend some time petting them, take your dog for a walk, just give them some love and your day will be better.

Participate in some lovin'. As uncomfortable as it may be to talk about, having sex or participating in a little self love is one of the most relaxing things you can do. Reaching climax floods the body with all sorts of mood increasing and stress releasing endorphins. Plus there is no fight with a spouse or lover that a little while in each other's arms can't fix. Except cheating. It probably can't fix that.

Call a friend or a sibling. Have something just totally unfair happen to you, why not tell a friend or family member. Its what they are there for, to listen to your problems and possibly give you advice. however, it is important to remember that all relationships are give and take. If you are constantly blowing off someone when they want to talk about their problems, they probably do not want to hear about yours. This even counts for family, you have to be there for each other.

Get some sun. You ever wonder why they say people get depressed in the winter? It is because they are not getting enough sunshine and vitamin D from it. If it is, in fact, winter outside this may be difficult to do, but why not head out for a quick walk around the block. if it is summer, the sunshine and act of having nothing to do but lounge around in it is the pinnacle of a soothing activity. Even if it is only for a couple of minutes out of your busy life.

Take a nap. The whole world looks new and shines in a different light after you sleep on it. Granted, this one may take longer than ten minutes, but it is worth it. An appropriate power nap is around 20 minutes, but it can leave you super energized and with strength to take on the world anew.

Smile. As stupid and cheesy as it sounds, the key to a good mood is smiling. there is nothing better to break a frown. In fact, most of these items on this list involve a fair bit of smiling.