Have you ever started the day in a pretty good mood . . . okay, maybe it took a couple of cups of coffee but then you were good to go.
I’d like to think I’m a positive person.
Then there are those times when a thought or memory, a post on Facebook, or someone else’s bad attitude can dull my sparkle.
Then there are the times…
When I can’t name the specific catalyst, I decide a bunch of little annoyances have added up and left me feeling annoyed and dissatisfied.
Maybe you can relate.
I’m not talking about sadness because something bad happened or even remorse from living out a choice I wish I could undo.
This is just a plain and simple bad mood that interferes with my attitude, productivity, and relationships.
Okay, I’ve identified the problem – now what?
What do you do when you are in a bad mood?
- Go shopping?
- Eat a candy bar?
- Snap at the closest victim?
Yeah, I’ve done those things, too but even though I might feel better momentarily they don’t help for very long.
So, to help going forward, I’ve made a list of things I know will improve my mood and restore joy to my day.
5 of the Best Ways to Turn Your Bad Mood into Joy
Turn to God
Keep God’s promises close. Write them on post-it-notes, in journals, on notecards, or keep them on your phone. Download a Bible App like YouVersion and keep a list of highlighted verses.
Stop and turn His promises into prayers.
You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you. Isaiah 26:3
Father, I need your peace. I am depending on and trusting in You. Please fill me with you perfect peace and restore my joy. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Father, I am asking You to fill me with Your joy and peace. I put my trust in You. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, please help me. I know if I have You, I have everything I need . . . more than enough to live with joy. Thank you for Your grace and mercy. Thank you for loving me. Amen.
I am often tempted to grab a coffee and skip breakfast, but I always feel better when I start with something nutritious. I’m at my best when I eat five or six small meals throughout the day and drink plenty of water.
And as much as I would prefer to live on cookies and cupcakes I have finally given in to the fact that sugar is not my friend. Oh, I love it when I eat at the moment but hate how I feel later. It’s just not worth it.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
Change your view and change your mood.
When I sit and let my mind spin on life’s junk I’m guaranteed a bad mood. So, I’m practicing the fine art of getting up and getting active. It doesn’t take a full workout. Just a few moments of doing something else is usually enough to change my thoughts. One of my favorites is to dance around to a great worship song.
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”
Many things that tank my mood are funny when I choose to look at them from a different perspective. Somebody else’s bad mood, a bad driver or traffic jam, computer glitches, things that break, hard memories and problems can only ruin my mood if I allow them to.
If I think I might laugh about it later, why not laugh about it now. Or call a friend who is great at making you laugh and lightening your mood. Change your thoughts . . . you’ll change your attitude.
Friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
Take 10 -15 slow deep breaths. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Someone very dear to me calls it, “in with the butterflies and out with the bees.”
Even better . . . think about breathing out junk and breathing in the life-giving Spirit of God.
Breathe out the past and breathe in the future. Breathe out anxiety and breathe in peace. Breathe out discouragement and breathe in hope. Just breathe!
Quotes to Turn a Bad Mood to Joy
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
But let those who follow you be happy and glad. They love you for saving them. May they always say, “Praise the Lord!” Psalm 40:16
“Act the way you WANT to feel.” – Gretchen Rubin
Your help made me so happy. Give me that joy again. Make my spirit strong and ready to obey you. Psalm 51:12 (ERV)
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.” John 15:11
“A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot” ~Augustine of Hippo
So – Stop and confess your bad attitude and ask God to give you a new one.
Yep! That’s what I’m doing and when I get over myself and ask for God’s help . . . He is faithful every time.
What’s your favorite way to turn your bad mood into joy?
My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need. James 1:2-4
Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy. Philippians 4:4
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