6 Research-Based Ways to Boost Your Mood Quickly

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

What Dr. Loper could say on
Boosting Your Mood:

1) Take a cold shower.

Intentionally taking a cold shower can promote the release of specific neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, as well as certain endorphins implicated in boosting your mood. 

2) Get early morning sunlight exposure.

Studies indicate that exposure to early morning sunlight increases serotonin and can thereby help boost your mood.

3) Make eye contact.

Direct eye contact also increases the neurotransmitter “oxytocin” and studies have demonstrated that direct eye can promote a “positive affective valance”, or put more simply, direct eye contact can boost your mood.

  4) Give and receive a hug.

Physical contact such as hugging releases a neurotransmitter called “oxytocin” which decreases stress and improves mood and wellbeing.

5) Pet your animal.

Studies indicate that interacting with your pets can reduce loneliness and boost your mood.

6) Be intimate with your partner.

The presence and quality of sexual intimacy can increase endorphins, and research indicates has a direct impact on mood and wellbeing. 


Interview: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper began his undergraduate studies in English at Kenyon College prior to completing his premedical coursework and Bachelor of Arts at the University of South Carolina (U of SC).  He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and his Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Following medical school, Dr. Loper completed a residency in pediatrics. He then worked as a pediatrician in a private practice setting while completing a second residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.  He has also completed the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program and the Teleos Leadership Institute’s Coach Development Program.

Dr. Loper has been featured in numerous academic publications and media outlets and it is through these channels that he can dedicate his time to being an advocate for mental health and wellness.

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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