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Good mood or wake me up!

Are you ready to get up and enjoy every morning? Or feel under the weather this autumn days? Come at 12 o'clock this Sunday and get a free hug in English in Kupchino Speaking Club! We have prepared a bunch of videos and other activities to fight against stress and autumn depression! "Good mood or wake me up!" is a new optimistic topic.


Say your name,
What makes you feel happy?


Before watching the first video, discuss a following word:

Affirmations - are positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you're affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life and career.

Watch and discuss Video 1

Activity one

Read and discuss following suggestion how to change your mood to more positive.

Smile. It’s cheesy, but apparently it’s true: The act of smiling really can turn a frown upside down. Cheesy – 1) like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency. 2) (informal) cheap and of low quality.
Jump around. Get happy-making endorphins pumping fast with some jumping jacks, jump rope, or random flailing around (hey, no judgment here) .
Sniff certain scents. Inhaling the scent of orange (or essential orange oil) or lavender can reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Chew gum. The repetitive action of gnawing on gum can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress .
Buy some flowers. Studies find flowers provide an instant—and lasting—mood boost. Bonus: they can also make us more productive.
Eat some chocolate. As if we needed a reason other than delicious: Eating chocolate can make us feel happy.
Visualize your best self. Let’s be honest: None of us are exactly the person we want to be all the time. But imagining our “ideal” selves—calm, confident, movin’ like Jagger—can make us feel better, even when we’ve got miles to go before we get there .
Expose yourself to green. Color psychologists say green symbolizes happiness—and can create the feeling of it, too. Throw on a green sweater, pick up a green pen, deck yourself out like the most dedicated of Leprechauns, and it’s possible your mood will be over the rainbow.
Light a candle. We discovered this hands-on at Greatist headquarters: Flickering flames (as long as they’re contained!) can burn away stress and help us feel better all around.
Get present. Studies find the best way to stay cheerful is to stay centered in the present—even when it’s not all that pleasant. In contrast, a wandering mind and daydreaming can bring people down. The best way to re-center? Sit quietly for a few minutes and try some deep, calming breaths. Focus on the breath moving in and out of the body and gently guide attention back to the breath if the mind starts to wander.
Count your blessings. Think about or write down what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s not time to write down everything, expressing gratitude creates an instant mood boost.
Snuggle up. Climbing under a soft blanket for a few minutes might make us more relaxed and flexible. Researchers found there’s something about contact with soft things that just makes us feel better.
Do something nice for somebody else. Yep, being nice can help us feel nicer. Small actions—holding the door for the person behind you, sending a quick love text to a partner or friend, or donating ten bucks to a favorite charity—count, so there’s no excuse not to get your nice on.
Listen to a happy song. It’s quick; it’s easy; it’s an instant mood-lifter. Sing along (perfect pitch not required) for extra benefit.
Go somewhere quiet. Even if it’s just the office bathroom, taking a few minutes to sit in a quiet space with no external stimulation can do wonders for a bad mood.
Cuddle. Physical touch can decrease stress, make us feel happier, and even improve our health. For the single folks among us, don’t fret: Even a quick hug with a friend or acquaintance can yield benefits.
Hang out with a pet. Cuddling, playing, or just chillin’ with Fido can help us feel happier and less stressed .
Achieve a goal. Even small successes can have big mood payoffs. Toss a crumpled ball of paper into the trash can Michael Jordan style, win a game of Solitaire, pick up a pencil off the floor using only your toes—in moments you’ll be basking in the glory of accomplishment.
Give yourself a massage. A quick rubdown (focus on the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet) can improve mood and release stress.
Meditate. Meditation is a quick, effective way to chill out and improve our outlook, and it might even make us smarter . Just a few minutes of sitting quietly, focusing on the breath, and maybe chanting a few Oms (silently or out loud) can snap us out of a funk.
Laugh. Laughter can cheer us up and decrease anxiety—and the best news is it doesn’t have to be “genuine” to have a positive effect. So even when it seems like there's absolutely nothing funny in all of this world, busting out a big guffaw might just change your mind . Need help getting started? Check out the latest viral youtube videos.
Do something new. We know, you’ve only got a few minutes; it’s not like you can change careers or fly to Iceland. The good news is even adding something small to a normal routine can brighten up a day. Order a chai if you normally drink coffee, take a different route to the bathroom at work, wear something you would normally never wear.
Dress up. Speaking of clothing: Buying new garb can amp up mood, but a person doesn’t have to drop cash to reap clothes’ benefits. Wearing the color red can boost confidence and self-esteem—which might just be the pick-me-up you were looking for.
Notice small miracles. Cultivating positivity and a sense of wonder can build positive outlook . Feeling stuck? Look around for small wonders (a butterfly, an act of kindness, something beautiful) or check out sites like Happy News, Good News Network, and Daily Good for a happier outlook on the world.

Watch and discuss Video 2


1. Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning?
2. Do you think that some people are more genetically positive than others? Let’s argue for and against this question.
3. What is missing in your life that would make you very happy?
4. What would you do to make your friend smile?
5. Optimistically speaking, what will you be doing in 10 years from now?

Before watching the next video read and translate lyrics Pharrell Williams - Happy

Watch and discuss Video 3

Watch and discuss Video 4


1. Tell a story about a time you've recently felt very happy. Describe the story in detail and explain why you felt happy.
2. Do you think happiness comes from inside or it depends on other people and things?
3. Who is the most optimist person you have ever met? How do you see their optimism?


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