8 simple ways to beat the winter blues and feel younger

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Loosen up and have some fun with these simple mood-boosting tips...

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According to recent research, 40% of British adults think that the secret to happiness is feeling young.

Not looking young, but feeling young.

With this in mind Evian have teamed up with psychologist Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic to create a list of simple actions we can all do to release our inner child.

Take a peek below and let us know what makes you feel young in the comments box below...

1.Dance like no one is watching

Everybody can dance but usually our inhibitions (and the embarrassment factor) get in the way. Even if you've got two left feet, dancing is great for inducing happy mood states because it causes the release of norepinephrine, a brain chemical that makes us feel good. So, switch off the TV, turn on the radio and get moving!

2. Draw someone a picture in a steamed up mirror

Remember when you were a child and you used to draw smiley faces on the mirror? Now's the time to turn back to old habits and have some fun - leave your room mates a mirror message or write a few sexy words for your partner. Smiles all round.

3. Experiment with food

Make yourself a meal from what's in your cupboard instead of rushing to the shops to buy something new. Breaking away from your habits and getting creative in the kitchen is a great way to loosen up and have some fun.

4. Misbehave

Slide down the supermarket aisle whilst holding on to the trolley, play pranks and make stupid jokes. Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't indulge in some childish humour every now and then.

5. Take a trip

Decide your next holiday destination by closing your eyes and landing your finger on a map. The excitement involved in exploring somewhere new with friends or family combined with extended time off work allows you to truly be yourself.

6. Fancy dress

Start a fancy dress box at home and fill it with all the quirky things you find on your travels. Not only will you be prepared for every future party but you'll also be able to make friends and family smile when they're feeling down. Even a heartbroken girlfriend will find your Buzz Lightyear mask funny...

7. Play decision-making games

Rock paper scissors is a great game to encourage you to make quick decisions. Often as we get older we spend hours dithering over tough problems when really the answer is simple. Plus this is also an innocent way to exercise your competitive side without descending into full-blown arguments.

8. Make simple swaps

Sleep upside down for a change! Breaking your natural habits and doing things in a slightly different way will help your mind become more responsive.

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