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Do You Want to Cheer Up a Friend/girlfriend, but How to Do It? 50 Scientifically Proven Ways!

If you are looking for the answer to the question “How to cheer up a friend“, then this article is for you. I will not just give advice. I will give proven top tips that are confirmed by scientific research!

Do you know that there are several types of molecules in the human brain that affect our mood? Each of them has its own activation code, but they are responsible for positive emotions. Hormones of happiness are called: Endorphin, Dopamine, GABA, Serotonin, Endocannabinoid, Oxytocin.

Endorphin is produced in neurons of the brain. It causes a short-term sense of joy and euphoria. Sex, ultraviolet, sweets (dark chocolate), sports, strong emotions can increase it.

Serotonin is produced by the pineal gland. It responsible for the overall emotional background and mood. It Increased by foods with a high amino acid tryptophan (dates, figs, plums, tomatoes, milk, soy, chocolate), sunbathing and aromatherapy.

Dopamine is produced in the adrenal glands. It arouses a sense of self-confidence. It increased by achieving goals.

Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus. It lowers anxiety and stress. Hugs, massage, sexual arousal increase it.

The lowest level of hormone production occurs at 01:00, the maximum level-at 12.00.

Suppress hormones of happiness: malnutrition, nicotine, alcohol, antidepressants, lack of physical activity, low self-esteem, stress, endocrine/infectious/viral diseases.

“Products of happiness”: chocolate, bananas, oranges, strawberries, pineapples, black currants.

And now I’ll talk about 50 great ideas that will definitely cheer up your girlfriend, friend, colleague and, of course, you. It is not necessary to use all 50 methods, you can choose one from each category.

How to increase Dopamine?

  1. The brain needs to be distracted from sad thoughts. This can be done using logical tasks, crosswords, reading.
  2. Make an unexpected gift for which the girl will be very grateful. It should not be big, it should be unexpected and pleasant. The essence of the idea is that she will understand that there is always something positive in life.
  3. Shopping. Everyone knows that women love shopping. If your girlfriend is sad, invite her to go shopping. Maybe you do not need anything, but the girl will not deny herself the pleasure of spending several hours choosing something… And most importantly, she will forget about the problems!
  4. Have you done a spring cleaning? It’s time to do it! Having put in order the house, we will put in order the mind.
  5. Meditation helps relieve stress and relaxation. Calmness, peace, good company – what else is needed?
  6. Have you planned to watch a movie in a cinema or to go to that wonderful restaurant? If she is in a bad mood, then you already know how to raise it. Invite the girl to where she would like to go. Surround her with care and attention, just listen.
  7. You know that your girlfriend has a difficult day. Order flowers for her! Ideal if they will be delivered to the office with a romantic postcard. Believe me, she really will forget about her problems!
  8. Do everything so that the person you worry about and care about rests. It is not necessary to go to sea, sometimes sleeping in the morning for several hours will be quite enough. Make breakfast or do homework with the children. The girl will definitely appreciate this manifestation of care.
  9. If your friend is in a bad mood, challenge him! Who will score more goals, who will run faster from the stop to the house… It doesn’t matter who wins, such challenges will distract him from sad thoughts, increase dopamine and endorphin levels.
  10. Do you remember where you and the girl spent time when your relationship was just in its infancy? Take her to the park, sit on the very bench where you confessed your love to her. Hug her. She will feel your support!
  11. Do you feel sad and think only of yourself? You need to think globally, think about the planet. Plant a tree in the yard or just a houseplant.
  12. A master class in pottery, a drawing lesson is a great option on how to spend the evening after a hard day. A painted picture will take pride of place on the wall in the hallway.

How to increase Serotonin?

Listen to music
  1. Music and dancing. Favorite music always cheers up, and dances relieve tension, reduce the negative. Have a small dance party for two for her. If she doesn’t want to be at home, then get in the car, turn on the music and go towards adventures!
  2. Which girl will refuse chocolate? Chocolate is a magical product that really cheers you up. It promotes the production of endorphins and serotonin.
  3. A very useful thing is stretching! It doesn’t matter whether you go to the gym or stretch your muscles at home, the main thing is to do it. Blood circulation will improve, and negative thoughts will go away.
  4. Freshly squeezed orange juice is also a great option. Firstly, it is a source of vitamin B6, and secondly, it is very tasty. You can please your girlfriend with a delicious healthy drink, and she will feel surrounded by love and care.
  5. Hiking in the open air contributes to the production of serotonin. Even 20 minutes will be enough. Fresh air and sun rays will increase the levels of Serotonins and vitamin D. Warning: the absence of the sun is not a reason to refuse to walk.
  6. Serotonin can be raised with food additives. For example, turmeric can do this. You may cook the roast, pilaf and have a romantic dinner.
  7. Continuing the culinary theme, it is worth saying about fish products. Omega-3 and animal proteins contain Tryptophan, which also helps produce Serotonin.
  8. Why do yogis go barefoot? They know about the theory of “grounding”, which calms the nerves, normalizes sleep. If you live near a park or beach, you are lucky. You have a great opportunity to walk barefoot on grass, sand or pebbles.
  9. Play the game. Let the girl name five words that she associates with the words “joy”, “laughter”. As a result, she will not only call words, but also feel these emotions.
  10. Turn on the music for relaxation. For example, the sounds of nature: birdsong, the sound of rain, thunder, wind. You should just sit in silence and the anxiety will go away. Remember how great it is to be home during thunderstorms and rain, because you feel safe. Also, your girlfriend should feel safe in your arms.
  11. Heavy foods do not contribute to the production of serotonin. If you wanted to order pizza, but there is no mood, then order fruits and salads. Believe me, this will be the best option.

How to increase Endorphin

Happy on the beach
  1. A party of broken plates. An original idea for the evening. You can buy inexpensive plates, put on protective clothing and throw plates. Who will throw further?
  2. Go to the gym to relieve stress. It is necessary to remove healthy physical aggression.
  3. Have a romantic evening in the bathroom. Add flavored salt. The scents of lavender and roses reduce stress and anxiety.
  4. Simple exercise: 10 deep breaths and exhalations will help relieve stress and increase endorphin levels.
  5. Capsaicin, which also contributes to the production of endorphin, is found in spicy foods. This is a great reason to go to a restaurant.
  6. Do not rush home after work. Go to the bar for exactly one hour. For a glass of beer or wine. Such a spontaneous gift will be just in time. But do not overdo it with alcohol, otherwise the effect may be the opposite.
  7. Acupuncture. Yes, it also increases endorphin, reduces stress and tension.
  8. If a girl wants to cry, give her this opportunity. Constant stress can lead to health problems. The girl should understand that next to you she should be comfortable and calm, so if she wants to cry, let her do it.
  9. An unplanned trip to relatives, new experiences – a great cure for stress. Most likely, the girl will be glad to be in the place where she grew up, to see close relatives and childhood friends.
  10. Give her a lot of compliments. Note the delicious breakfast, its appearance, and the new blouse.
  11. Invite her to a concert. Better humorous. After all, laughter is a cure for all diseases, a natural protective mechanism of the body.
  12. Do not be afraid to be funny. If you cause a smile on her face, you are a hero!

How to increase Oxytocin

Fun together
  1. The easiest way is to send your girlfriend a postcard or a message with a declaration of love. It will not be just a postcard, but a sign that you think about her and worry. Believe me, she will definitely smile.
  2. Talk to the person. Ask questions so that he can open, and you can understand the cause of the problem.
  3. And sometimes you don’t need to say anything – it will be enough just to hug a person. Loving people communicate with souls, not words. And don’t forget that hugs really lower stress levels. It is helpful and nice.
  4. Do you know that animals make us happier? Give the girl a surprise and invite her to ride a horse or go to the park where dog lovers walk with their pets. Well, how can you not smile when you see these wonderful animals – the true friends of man?!
  5. If there is no paper at hand – no problem. You can write SMS with a declaration of love. Unexpectedly for her, but sincerely.
  6. There is still a way that will return your girlfriend briefly to her childhood. Decorate her room with balloons. There should be a lot of them. So much so that she could not stop smiling. Surprisingly, this children’s trick will work 100%!
  7. Scientists argue that a small note with a declaration of love helps increase Oxytocin – the hormone of joy begins to act. You can put a love note in a bag, wallet, leave it in the refrigerator (and why not?). Most importantly, your girlfriend will smile when she finds it.
  8. Hot drinks also raise Oxytocin levels. You can please your loved one with a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate.
  9. Give up the TV for at least one day. Read each other’s favorite books.
  10. Amusement park. Yes, you are no longer children, but why ride a roller coaster? This will also increase Oxytocin levels.
  11. Sometimes it’s worth thinking about how to bring joy not only to yourself or your loved one, but also to other people. For example, to do charity work, become a volunteer, spend a day in a nursing home. You will become happier from the realization that you have helped other people.
  12. Maybe he just needs to speak up. And you need to be a person who can listen. Without any questions.
  13. Maybe you should visit an animal shelter? We have already said that our little friends always give us positive emotions, and the opportunity to take care of them will make us feel happier.
  14. Give your girlfriend a day of relaxation. Let her go to the spa for a massage, go shopping with her friends.
  15. Watch together funny videos about animals, jokes, your favorite comedy. This will cause only positive emotions.

As you noticed, there are many ways to cheer up a girl/friend. I know for sure that you will find the perfect option for your girlfriend to smile and not be sad. I wish you happiness!

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Jude Delaney

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