Saturday, September 11, 2010
1. Wear something bright.
A new holiday dress, a cherry polish on your fingers or toes - just looking at those could help you have a peppier day. One study found that people who wrote on red paper felt more positive than those working with plain white or blue. And another study suggests that workers in colorful surroundings were more upbeat than those in drab environments.
2. Turn on a lamp.
Light sends your brain a message to wake up. Perfect for bleary mornings and midafternoon slumps: Researchers in the Netherlands found that exposure to bright light between noon and 4:00 pm significantly reduced people's feelings of fatigue and sleepiness. So switch on a lamp at your desk, or, even better, step out into the sunshine!
3. Take a five minute walk.
When researchers at California State University, Long Beach, compared people's energy levels after eating chocolate and after taking a walk, the walk won hands down, giving people up to two hours of increased energy. Sure, the candy pepped people up initially, but after an hour they felt less energetic than they had before they began. As few as five minutes of brisk walking is all you need.