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When we’re stressed and frazzled, it triples our risk of being dragged down by a bad mood. That’s according to Yale University. But we can turn those negative feelings around just by touching something soft. Neurology professor Dr. Paul Zak says, try this: Relax for 60 seconds, and run your fingers across a soft sweater, blanket, or even the soft fur of your cat. The sensation of something cozy touching our skin produces a spike in mood-boosting oxytocin – which can beat back a bad mood.