Improve Your Mood - Write Your Recipe For A Good Mood

What would be your ideal day? What puts you in a good mood? What makes you smile as you walk down the street?
Explore our Recipe For a Good Mood creative writing activity designed to help you celebrate the things that cheer and relax you.

Wellbeing benefits:

Feel optimistic
Feel relaxed
Take notice

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to appreciate and focus more on the positive things in my life.
I want to find ways to boost my mood.


30 minutes - 1 hour (dependant on the number of ingredients you use!) This exercise is split into short stages.  Click through each step briefly and gauge how much do today. Complete it over a period of time, taking as long as is needed.  Don't forget to 'Favourite' it to come back to it easily via the Ownzone. You can do this here.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own, with someone else or in a group where recipes can be shared.

Where can I do this activity?

Follow online, or print off to do wherever.

How often can I do this activity?

Do this creative writing activity as many times as desired - write a Recipe For a Good Mood for yourself, or for others (thinking about the things that they like and the things they enjoy doing to relax). Add ingredients to your existing recipe every time you do something new, or are reminded of other things that you enjoy doing.

What do I need?

  • Paper
  • Pencil/pen

Did you know?

Thinking about what we do to relax or do to enjoy ourselves shifts our attention from stressful and worrying thoughts towards more relaxing and pleasant ideas. This can benefit our outlook on life, by focusing on positive aspects of our lives, allowing us to appreciate these things, however small.

"I used my written 'Recipe For a Good Mood' in a therapy session today - as a safe place for me to go. I'm going to continue to use it in this way."

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