Top 50 Bad Mood Triggers, According to New Research

Being in a bad mood is a normal part of life – nearly everyone experiences it from time to time, some more than others. It’s unfortunate, but often hard to avoid.

Different things trigger bad mood in different people.

But what if you knew the things that can trigger a bad mood? Can that help you be better at dealing with bad mood issues?

We believe so. 

In fact, we recently came across a new piece of research that can give you more insight into these very triggers.

The new research (Onepoll research commissioned by Philips Hue), on the causes of a bad mood, has compiled the top fifty things that trigger bad mood in people.

Want to know what those fifty bad mood triggers here? Check them out below.

Different things trigger bad mood in different people.

The Top 50 Bad Mood Triggers

Here’s the full list of the top 50 bad mood triggers:

1. A bad night’s sleep
2. Treading in dog mess
3. Having an argument with your partner
4. Getting ill
5. Computer not working
6. When your partner is in a bad mood and brings you down with them
7. Traffic
8. A bad day at work
9. Losing your wallet
10. The boiler breaking down
11. Losing your keys
12. Being late for an appointment
13. Checking your bank account and seeing much less than you’d expected
14. Having to get out of a warm bed on a cold day
15. Winter in general
16. When your public transport doesn’t arrive
17. When someone is late to meet you
18. Waking up in the morning and it still being dark outside
19. Not seeing the sun all day during winter
20. Getting a stain on a new top
21. Someone saying something negative about your appearance
22. People talking about Brexit
23. Getting lost
24. Forgetting to set your alarm and oversleeping
25. Getting rained on while walking to work
26. A bad haircut
27. Phone battery running low
28. A bad hair day
29. A bad skin day
30. Having no phone signal
31. Your phone battery dying when you’re out
32. Getting to the car and realising you have to de-ice the windows
33. Icy roads
34. When it’s only just been payday but you’re already low on cash
35. When you order clothes online and they don’t fit
36. Having to stay late at work
37. Your umbrella blowing inside out
38. People spoiling a TV show you haven’t seen yet
39. Realising your holiday is still months away
40. Back seat drivers
41. Getting toothpaste on your top as you’re about to leave the house
42. Your football team losing
43. Making a cup of tea and realising you’ve got no milk
44. Losing a glove
45. Going on Facebook and realising how pointless it is
46. Burning your toast
47. Losing the TV remote
48. Not being able to find your glasses
49. Being on a diet/health kick
50. Feeling pale during winter

How to use this information to improve your life

Now that you know the top triggers for a bad mood, think about the ones that are triggers for you. 

Then think how, when these triggers come up, you can handle them effectively.

Check out our guide on dealing with negative thoughts to help with that.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Being aware and mindful of your bad mood triggers can help you deal with them

Last words

No one is happy and cheerful 100% of the time. Unpleasant experiences are a part of life. 

But that does not mean you can’t deal with them well. Because you can.

It will take awareness (which the above list can help with), and a conscious consistent effort at dealing with them.

Things might not (and often don’t) work out as we hope, but that does not have to ruin our day.

So the next time something happens that has the potential to put you in a bad mood, think.

Which of these triggers a bad mood for you? How can you deal with them better the next time they come up?

Let us know in the comments what you think and if you have any additional tips.

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