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February 15, 2014

Live simply, love generously, speak kindly, care deeply, leave the rest to God!

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have, and what God has blessed me with.

Kissing has health benefits!
It’s not just romantic. Your sex gets a lift because male saliva contains testosterone, and a lingering lip lock is a reliable delivery system.
A kiss also releases dopamine, which stimulates the same part of the brain as cocaine, giving you a natural high.
Regular kissing reduces cholesterol in both men and women. This one I have to debate. My husband and I have done a LOT of kissing over 45 years, yet both of us have high cholesterol. How long does it take before the kissing is effective?

Feeling like nothing is going right? – make a list of your accomplishments; thinking of the good side can induce a positive mood. Write it down, then you can read it again later to find the same happy thoughts all over again.

5 Daily Habits of Happy Women:

39% – people who say catching up with family at night is the highlight of their day

1. Start your day with a cup of green tea; people who drink 4 or more cups of green tea a day are 44% less likely to be depressed than those who sip it less often. Its amino acid theanine may spur the release of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin.

2. Detox your lunch: Pack fresh fruit and veggies, also fish and whole grains. Limit fried, sugary, or processed foods. An Australian study found women who eat this way have lower odds of depression

3. Take a power walk: exercise endorphins are potent mood lifters. A 20 min walk can boost you spirits for up to 12 hours

4. Pump your iron at dinner: for best absorption, take your vitamin supplement with food and make sure it has 18 mg of iron if you’re premenopausal. Female soldiers who took an iron supplement scored better on mood tests than those on a placebo per one study

Track the good stuff: every night write down 3 things that went well for you that day. Be descriptive and note the role you played. This will help you become more mindful of  how much control you have over the bright spots in you life.

“It is not so much the greatness of our troubles as the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain.” Hudson Taylor

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  1. Health benefits to kissing? Well that’s another reason to pucker up! Yay!

  2. Just imagine how high your cholesterol would be if you hadn’t been kissing 🙂

  3. Great tips sweetie!! I love this post! ❤

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  4. “It is not so much the greatness of our troubles as the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain.”– Hudson Taylor

    Love that!

    The kissing pointer is great! I’m sure it doesn’t end with kissing — I have to believe that any real attention to the joy of another is equally beneficial to us.

    It’s funny — we live in this ‘sophisticated’ world and suddenly all the things humans have done for centuries are great tricks to longer life: people used to get their dopamine because they had to work hard for a living; they got their veggies and such because that was all they had; etc., etc.. We have labor-saved ourselves to the point that we have time to THINK that we are depressed in a society that has less to be depressed about than almost any time in history: we all live better than kings used to live with better sanitation, and mostly with longer lives….

    It’s a strange world. The rich and the middle class have to go to gyms to exercise off what the lower class can’t even afford to purchase. ….

    it’s sad sometimes…

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