In a unique way of doing research, the London School of Economics employed a smartphone app to give feedback on what puts people in a good mood and what ruins their mood.Here are some of their findings:

  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: 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 what ruins a good mood?

  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%.