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7 Natural Ways of Boosting Your Mood

1. Sunlight. Vitamin D plays many roles in your body, including promoting serotonin production.  Bright light through your eyes also increases serotonin activity 2. Exercise is a natural mood lifter! Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. 3. Sleep 8 hours. Sleep = repair. When we feel rested, we’re happier people. 4. Schedule some downtime. When we’re stressed and overwhelmed, our moods tend to be…

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Foods and Beverages That Help You Feel Good

6 Tips for Foods and Beverages That Help You Feel Good 1. Seek out foods rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid (folate). Folic acid (folate) and vitamin B12 appear to help prevent disorders of the central nervous system, mood disorders,  and dementias. Folic acid is usually found in beans and greens. Vitamin B12 is found in meats, fish, poultry, and dairy. dishes that feature…

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Symptoms of Low Serotonin Levels

Because serotonin has a profound effect on the central nervous system and also on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, low levels of serotonin can cause some very serious effects. The symptoms of low serotonin levels can be classified under two headings: physical and emotional. Physical Symptoms of Low Serotonin Levels Chronic, persistent fatigue – this happens even though the sufferer is fully rested and is…

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Mood and Neurotransmitters

NEUROTRANSMITTERS are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body.  They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.”  The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest.  They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance. There are two kinds of neurotransmitters…

Work Environment Plays Key Role in Well-Being and Happiness

Researchers from the UK have found that the work environment has a significant effect on a person’s perception of well-being and happiness. Queen Mary University of London investigators discovered positive aspects of working life — such as high levels of control at work, good support from supervisors and colleagues, and feeling cared for — were linked to higher levels of life happiness. Researchers discovered higher…

Why Summer Makes Us Lazy

Recent research suggests that summer really does tend to be a time of reduced productivity. Our brains do, figuratively, wilt. One of the key issues is motivation: when the weather is unpleasant, no one wants to go outside, but when the sun is shining, the air is warm, and the sky is blue, leisure calls. on rainy days, men spent, on average, thirty more minutes…

More Frequent, Not Long Vacations Best for Stress Reduction

Getting away from work or a routine at home is a tried and true remedy for stress relief and mental rejuvenation. However, taking the correct amount of time off can make a difference for returning with renewed vigor, or coming back from a vacation loaded with new stress. Moreover, the small or even unplanned activity may provide more stress relief than a long vacation. “Although…

How to Smile for Better Health – Part 2

Find out how to smile to look younger, live longer, look prettier, and stamp out stress. 7. Which would you prefer: a smile or chocolate? Smiles stimulate the brain’s rewards systems better than sweets. One British study found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 (yes, you read that right: two thousand) bars of chocolate, according to…