This Is the Easiest Way to Boost Your Mood Right Now

Kaitlyn McLintock

Free People

Tell any wellness expert that you're cranky or in a funk, and it's likely that their first piece of advice will be to get up and get moving. They're not wrong: Exercise has been shown to boost mood significantly. Take yoga, for instance—a weekly flow can improve depression symptoms by upwards of 50%

But oftentimes, attending a studio, hitting the gym, or even going for a run isn't realistic—like, say, when you slept through your alarm on the day of a big meeting, have so much on your to-do list, or simply can't shake that end of week crankiness.  Here's some good news: According to a new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, boosting your mood could be as simple as taking a few laps.

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