This study examined strategies used by college students to self-regulate bad moods and their relationship to gender, humor, creative experiences, and academic performance.A mood regulation strategies questionnaire developed for this study was administered to 858 college students (male=420, female=438). The results yielded eight factors: sensation seeking, active mood management, alternative mood management, passive mood management, gratification and venting emotion (shopping, eating, or crying), physical and cognitive activity, television and movie watching, and music, related activity. All the students took tests designed to measure humor and creative experiences. They also reported their academic performance.The three most frequently used strategies were music-related activity, passive mood management, and active mood management.There was no significant difference between males and females in the use of active mood management. However there were significant differences between males and females in the use of the other seven strategies. Male students used sensation seeking and physical and cognitive activity significantly more than females, while female students used the other five strategies significantly more than males.Humor was positively related to the use of active mood management and television and movie watching strategies, but negatively related to passive mood management and gratification and venting emotion. The students who more frequently used active mood management and alternative mood management strategies reported more creative experiences. The only factor that yielded a significant positive correlation with academic performance was active mood management.