My mood booster is definitely music. Depending how I feel on that specific day, the type of music I listen to can vary. Music is the one art that allows me to sing and dance, and music enhances my ability to be more creative.
—Jessica Bedard, shoe designer
If I need to clear my head, I go for a run or play basketball. I come back totally refreshed.
—Jay Hoag, founding general partner of TCV
I love to be in the open air and garden. I inherited this passion from my father. When I was a young man, I was not interested in it. Now that I am older, I think other things are more important in life. As time passes, I see more and more of my father in myself. He was a man of production, always doing things with his hands.
—Diego Rossetti, president, Fratelli Rossetti
Looking at pictures of my baby niece is my No. 1 mood booster. She has so much attitude for a nonverbal human, and her photos always make me laugh. When I’m upset after confrontational conversations, her pictures immediately lift my spirits.
—Maci Peterson, co-founder, CEO, On Second Thought
When I want to boost or activate, I turn on a playlist that I’ve created specifically for this reason. It encompasses all genres and decades of songs that have ever made me feel something. An activation ritual like a customized playlist of only your mood boosters allows you to have a reset button on you at all times in our world of smartphones.
—Rachel Wenman, co-founder, vice president, Urban Seed Inc.
Heading to the kitchen and cooking something amazing with whatever is available at hand. It is a relaxing, creative thing to do, and it feels good to get compliments when people love the food!
—Nitin Chhoda, CEO, Total Activation
This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.