Down in the Dumps? Learn this Secret and Climb to the Top

Thanks to Mary Scott for requesting on Quora.com that I answer the question, “Can learning to dance be a good psychological boost?” My response is, yes, learning to dance will put a stop to being down in the dumps.

My, oh my, what a wonderful day!

So many things can put you in a funk.  Starts first thing in the morning when you realize you forgot to set the alarm and now you’ve overslept. Missing your first appointment of the day won’t sit well with the boss.

Already feeling defeated, you begin your commute to work.  And, what a surprise, the traffic sucks. Finally, you arrive at work and now you can’t find a place to park.  After circling for what feels like forever, you luck out. Then, you get to the elevator to go to the 15th floor, and guess what…there’s the good ol’ Out of Service sign.  Oh well, better start climbing.  

You know what they say, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”.

This is how your days go when you need a good psychological boost.  When you feel beaten before you even begin, you usually end up with more of the same.

So, where you gonna go for that boost you so desperately need?

Go find a teacher and learn how to ballroom dance. It’s a secret weapon to make you feel like you’re at the top of your game. Furthermore, any kind of partner dance will work. It could be Foxtrot and Waltz, Salsa and Bachata, Swing, or even Argentine Tango. It doesn’t matter what style you choose. The benefits are overwhelmingly in favor of a psychological boost. And, when that happens, you’re unstoppable.

When you're down in the dumps, stress less with dancing..
There’s a reason dance is #1 on this list.

Go from down in the dumps to the top of the mountain.

How learning to dance will give you a psychological boost:

  • The number one benefit for most people who decide to learn to dance is stress relief. The challenge of becoming comfortable while moving as part of a couple on the dance floor requires focus. With this in mind, leave your troubles behind and absorb the mental stimulation of committing steps and actions to memory.
  • Moving to music takes you out of the dumps and away from your problems. To say nothing of the fact that the act of dancing is a sneaky way to improve your posture. Not only will you have more poise, but better balance as well. As a result of this, you’ll look better and feel better both on and off the dance floor.
  • It’s natural to suffer a lack of confidence when things aren’t going your way. Learning to dance is a terrific accomplishment and is sure to give you a boost.
  • There’s much to be said about the power of companionship. It’s a great feeling to be able to spend time with friends who share your passion for dance.
  • Finally, ballroom dancing isn’t a solitary endeavor – you need a partner. Being a part of the dance community means you’ll have lots of partners. You’ll find yourself helping others to try dancing. Making newcomers feel comfortable is your new focus and purpose. That’s a recipe for a psychological boost.

No more down in the dumps for you. Put a smile on someone’s face…learn to dance!

Obviously, this dancing couple isn't down in the dumps.
Couples dancing at a party.

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