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A bad mood can ruin everything. It’s easy to develop one, but it seems so much more difficult to let go of your bad mood and move on. There’s nothing like a bad mood to make everything else going on in your life seem a little less positive, which is why so many people are always looking for a go-to fix to improve their mood. Exercise is a great way to gain a mood boost, but some people prefer a more adventurous method of mood improvement to get them out of their funk. A less traditional example might give you the boost that you need. And you may only need to go as far as your garage to get your fix.


Riding motorcycles has always been a great passion of mine, albeit a bit of untraditional hobby. I love the feeling I get when I’m focusing on just me and the road and I’ve come to find that it really relaxes me and keeps my stresses at bay. Motorcycles often get a bad rap for being dangerous and loud, but they’re no more complicated than a bike and no less sophisticated than a luxury car. You really do get the best of both worlds.


Have access to a motorcycle? If so, you and your mood are in luck.


You Get Vitamin D


Did you know spending time in the great outdoors can substantially improve your mood? When you get on a motorcycle and take a leisurely ride, you are in the sunshine – and sunshine is one of the elements that provides you with this type of instant mood-boost. It’s the Vitamin D you get from the sun that makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happier. If you want to improve your mood, get on your bike and take it for a spin around town. Find a scenic route and you’ll end up even happier.


There’s A Freedom To It


Being on the open road does something wonderful to your mood. It might be the fresh air against your skin, the wind blowing in your hair, or just the sunshine in general, but there is a very specific sense of freedom bikers experience when they take to the open roads. Ask anyone who rides their motorcycle for the secret behind their improved mood and they will likely tell you about the overall freedom of being on a bike that you just can’t get with other vehicles or hobbies.


The Camaraderie


There are some unwritten rules and rituals that happen between bikers. It might not be set in stone, but they’re pretty well-known. You wave to one another, you speak to one another, and you’re instant friends when you meet someone else on a bike. In a world where most people don’t take the time to reach out to a stranger, this can be pretty liberating and refreshing. When you meet someone on a bike, you have an instant bond that makes you feel good. It’s almost impossible not to feel great after finding a new connection with a new friend.


The Disconnect


It’s illegal to use your phone and drive, but many people do it regardless. When you’re on your bike, however, it’s impossible to use your phone. And really, when you think about it, disconnecting from the world is a great way to improve your mood: no one is calling you, there are no texts to answer, and there’s certainly no reason to get on social media to browse through other’s lives. This disconnect allows you to really enjoy the moment you’re in as well as the world around you. It’s the little things like this that can make you feel happier and much more carefree.


If you’ve never been on a motorcycle, you’ll likely not find it relaxing at first while you’re learning, but it’s definitely something you should try if you’re interested. Aside from providing you with a new hobby, it can improve your mood, make you happier, and really give you a chance to disconnect and enjoy your life – there are very few things in life that make a better combination than that.