According to the Daily Mail, researchers at the London School of Economics asked people to keep track of what mood they were in using a smartphone app.  Here are the ten activities that improve your mood the most.

  1. Having SEX . . . it supposedly improves your mood by 14.2%.
  2. Going to a concert, a play, or going dancing improves your mood by 9.3%.
  3. Going to a museum:  8.8%.
  4. Exercising:  8.1%.
  5. Gardening:  7.8%.
  6. Singing or doing some other kind of performing (See #1):  6.9%.
  7. Talking with friends:  6.4%.
  8. Being around nature:  6.3%.
  9. Walking or hiking:  6.2%.
  10. Hunting and fishing:  5.8%.

And here are the EIGHT things that RUIN your mood the most:

  1. Being sick reduces your mood by 20.4%.
  2. Working or studying makes you 5.4% less happy.
  3. Taking care of someone who's sick:  4.3% less happy.
  4. Waiting in line:  3.5%.
  5. Doing paperwork:  2.5%.
  6. Going to a meeting:  1.5%.
  7. Commuting:  1.5%.
  8. Doing housework:  0.7%.