The Pleasure of Chocolate

Ahhh, chocolate; arguably the confection with the biggest fan base.  And much research has been done to discover why this is so. Some have pointed out the many medical benefits of chocolate. Other studies have shown that chocolate doesn’t have more mood-enhancing ingredients than many other foods, it may be that chocolate is so attractive simply because the smell and taste brings pleasure…and that’s mood-enhancing all on it’s own.

If you’d like to join the discussion, share recipes or just talk chocolate, click here on February 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate for the Romantic Foodie

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Enhance Creativity in Australia

A lovely Infographic by PaintersofLouisville.com, an exploration of the truth behind colours, and how we subconsciously react to them.

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So true!

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“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”

~ Elsa Schiaparelli ~

When it comes down to feeding your body and mind, nothing is superior to preparing your food from scratch, with quality ingredients and served with love.

Try it out on a regular basis and see how you and your loved ones feel.

Come to that, see how your family feels as you work together in the kitchen to create a level of harmony and good health that is only possible when food is prepared in a loving manner, and eaten slowly with others.

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A little exercise to improve your state of mind…

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Stand up, lift your hands up above your head and lean your head backwards for 5-10 seconds. This is all it takes to change your state of mind and it can also be used when you are angry, upset or disappointed. If you are in a crowded room, and you do not want to lift your hands above your head, do a mini version and just tilt your head backwards. //Marianne

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When You’re Smiling….

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Mindful stress management…

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Stressed, anxious or blue? For a simple no-pressure way to uplift yourself, try mindful walking.  If you do it right, it leaves little room for stressful thoughts – in fact it’s meditation in motion.

Walking is a brilliant mood booster.  A good walk can out the world in perspective and soothe your frayed nerves.  If you really want to feel alive, go for a walk in the wind or rain – there’s plenty of opportunity for that right now! Forget slogging through uninspiring walks.  There’s no need to rush – the aim is walk as mindfully as you can.

Where do we start?

In the next week, take at least one 15-30 minute walk. You don’t have to go anywhere special; a walk around your local neighbourhood taken with an open frame of mind can be just as interesting as a hike through the mountains.

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Seven Hugs A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Hug medicine…

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“Be a love pharmacist: dispense hugs like medicine – they are!” Terri Guillemets

When you are happy or sad, hug can show how you feel. Hug is the way to keep close and especially show affection with embrace.

Most of the people say “An apple a day will keep the doctor away!” but nowadays it has been proved that a hug in a day will keep us alive and well too.

A Hug Is A Miracle Drug

Hugging is a way of fulfilling the profound physical and emotional need for touch in human beings. Hugging is either pleasant or very healthy as reduce stress levels, blood pressure and also improves mood.

Supreme scientists said, at least one hug a day to survive with the stresses of modern life. Daily hugs from hubby are related to higher oxytocin in women, which helps to lower blood pressure and helps the body’s immune…

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