Beat the Winter Blahs: 10 Surprising Mood Boosters

Say bye-bye to the blues with these simple strategies (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:02PM

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Beat the Winter Blahs: 10 Surprising Mood Boosters

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Pop a Peppermint

The scent of peppermint significantly increases your brain’s production of alpha waves, electrical impulses that can produce a calmer, happier mood in as little as three minutes, say researchers at Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Bonus: “And for as many as 86 percent of people, this crisp scent can also quickly lower feelings of stress,” adds neurologist Alan Hirsch, M.D., medical director of the foundation.

Smile-Inducing Strategy: Savor a peppermint candy or set out a bowl of mint-scented potpourri to quickly decompress after a challenging day.

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