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What Can Change Your Mood And Productivity? Here Are A Few Things that Work For Me.

The sun is shining today. In a winter world of typically grey skies an abundance of sunshine will change my mood and my day.

My productivity increases whenever there are sunny skies. My mood changes for the better. The sunshine gives me an endorphin rush.

Taking advantage of the sunshine and going outside with my dog, Benson, always increase my endorphins.

Photo by Linda Latt

What is an endorphin, and how does it work?

Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemical. They are neurotransmitters produced by the pituitary gland and stimulate feelings of pleasure, well-being, and pain relief.

You may have heard of runner’s high. Endorphins can be created through vigorous exercise and can cause a positive mood shift. They can also be produced through other activities that do not require physical activity.

So far today I have had my endorphins increased by three things.

First was the sunshine radiating everywhere and easily seen through my windows.

Second was taking Benson for a walk to enjoy the additional exercise and the sunshine.

Third was exercising on the treadmill for a half-hour.

I have just added a fourth by eating a yummy piece of dark chocolate. No exercise required there and it was so good. It has been proven that eating dark chocolate has mood-boosting and inflammation-reducing benefits. I am totally into doing that.

Another food you can eat to induce endorphin production is chili peppers. They contain a chemical called capsaicin which causes a pain relieving feel good response in your body. If you like hot spicy food enjoy because the hotter the pepper the better the response will be.

While researching I found an article that said combining dark chocolate and hot peppers you will get a double dose of endorphines.

I am including some recipes for you to try.

I have not tried either of these recipes but I am really tempted to try them, especially the NYTimes recipe. It sounds so good.

Another feel good endorphin producing liquid is red wine. Both white and red wine contain antioxidants but red wine has the added benefit of resveratrol which has been shown to reduce inflammation, slow the aging process, and protect against arterial damage.

I have included a Oct. 22, 2019 article from the May Clinic about Resveratrol and red wine in case you would like more information.

Here is a good source of endorphins and so much fun. We should all strive to do more of this. Laughter. I love hearing the sound of someone laughing and seeing the joy on their face.

How often do you laugh? Laughter with friends also produces endorphins. Laughing lifts our mood and makes us feel better.

Researchers from Finland and the United Kingdom found that social laughter triggers the release of endorphins – often referred to as “feel good hormones” – in brain regions responsible for arousal and emotion. Here is a link to that article:

A practice I would like to try is meditation. I have never been able to make this part of my schedule, but I know the benefits are so worthwhile.

Meditation not only releases endorphins it also helps increase dopamine, serotonin and melatonin which produce a calm, happy, and content feeling.

What’s not to like about those feelings? I have to give it a try.

So these are my tips for changing your mood and feeling better which will help you be more productive. When you feel good everything is easier.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope the sun is shining today for you.

Posted in Curiosity, Excitement, Inspiration, Learning, Life, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

Herman Melville

As always, thanks for stopping by today. Have an imaginative day!

Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Learning, Life, Personal Development, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” 

Benjamin Franklin
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by. What book are you reading?

Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Learning, Life, Motivation, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

 “Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” 

-Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Winner
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by. This year, let’s plant some trees, and help save the earth.

Posted in Curiosity, Excitement, Inspiration, Learning, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Success

Quote Of The Day

 “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

~ Thomas Edison
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. What ideas do you have?

Posted in Communication, Excitement, Friendship, Joy, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”   

Linda Grayson
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Have a yummy day!

Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Joy, Life, Motivation, Positive Thinking

Each Day We Wake Up As A Different Person Full Of Opportunity

A new day beckons…full of opportunity. Each day we awaken as a new person changed in some way by the experiences of yesterday. The brief encounter, a comment heard or shared. a book we read, the evening news, a touch, a special word or a word spoken in anger; all of these things change us.

We may not realize, or acknowledge the change, but it does happen everyday. Humans are not static, and even if we spend a day with not contact from another person, there are many stimuli that will affect us.

A walk outside, a flower, an unexpected noise, the laughter of a child, or a voice heard on the breeze, can all impact us. I took a walk outside recently which changed me forever. You can read about it here:

Not all events will have that impact, thank goodness. There will be many insignificant moments that we may not pay attention to, but our brain will react. Our heart, and sometimes our soul, will notice and we will be changed in some small way.

We are a accumulation of all our experiences.

Some of our experiences will be gut-wrenching, most will be mundane. Others will be mildly surprising. Some will fill our heart and others will empty it.

The most important aspect of our lives is our reaction. How do we react? Our reactions define us and determine what kind of a person we are.

The best part of each day, and each experience, is deciding how we react. We get to choose. No one else; the choice is ours and ours alone. We are in charge.

So how do you decide? What is important to you? What do you want to be remembered for?

I believe that each of us is a chameleon of sorts. We can easily change ourselves to fit in, please someone, or to succeed in a profession. I know I have changed in each personal relationship I have had to fit the need, and personality, of the other person involved.

We each grow with the influence of our parents and our basic personality is shaped as a child. I do believe we are born with a specific disposition and then we grow from there. We add layers to who we are each and every day. Some of the layers stick and some dry up and fall away.

We are never the same. We are always in flux.

So what happened in your life today and how did you react? What choices did you make? What effect do you think your choices will have on you? How will they affect your relationships?

Choose wisely because each and every choice will shape who you are when you wake up tomorrow as a new person shaped by the choices you made today.

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.

John C. Maxwell

As always, thank you for reading my blog. I hope your day is filled with wonderful experiences.