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Genes can shape workplace success

Many people love their work; some even find it hard to know when to stop. Others have a reputation as the office grinch – always complaining, never satisfied. Why might this be? Are we genetically pre-programmed to be happy or unhappy in our jobs? Studies in molecular genetics have found that many psychological characteristics can be inherited. For example, researchers have found that certain genes…

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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…