Even though most Americans are self-professed optimists, we could all use a little mood boost now and then. But how? Researchers in the field of positive psychology have been studying just that. As you might have suspected, it’s our mind that will get us every time! According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, one of the biggest mistakes we make to thwart our joy is dwelling on the negative and over-thinking things. Focusing on the positive can help us attain happiness over the long term, but in the interim, her quick fix for when you’re in a funk: distraction, distraction, distraction! If you replace your negative thoughts with positive experiences, you’ll be less likely to brood later. Simple lifestyle choices can help us recharge and beat those occasional blues.