7 Mood Elevating Foods: PoppySoap.com

I get it. Life can be a drain. It can suck you dry. It can tap your reserves. It can leave you sitting there at the end of the day wondering if you can muster the energy to even get to bed.

These sorts of days are not just physically draining. They are emotional draining as well. They take all those chemicals in your brain that trigger thoughts of feelings of happiness and satisfaction and turn them into a doom and gloom attitude.

Who has time for that? Don’t we all, at our roots, WANT to feel good? To feel happy? To feel like a hard day was worth the struggle?

It isn’t always easy to overcome the brain’s chemistry or the mystery of the mind. But there is something we can do should we find ourselves in a darker place mentally and emotionally. A place we don’t want to be.

We can eat mood-elevating foods!

Yep – there are indeed foods that can help us feel happier and have an improved outlook.

Basically foods that are much richer in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, electrolytes and phytonutrients, yet much poorer in calories than any other foods, nourish the body on a very deep level. They help us achieve a better mental state.

So what are these food exactly? Some are a little less than mainstream but they are worth tracking down. Others are pretty common and possibly something you have be itching to try anyone. So why not!

7 Mood-Elevating Foods

Raw Cacao – is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vit-C, phosphorus and more. It’s also rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer, crucial in the production of serotonin, which diminishes anxiety and has the same impact as love in our brain.

Hempseeds and Hempseed Oil – are one of the rare complete source of protein and are packed with life-force energy and enzymes. They are rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 which are all very important for brain functions. The help restore balance to your entire body as well as invigorate those feel-good sensors in your brain.

Broccoli – is a powerhouse when it comes to folic acid (also known as B9), which is important to the production of red blood cells and mood regulation.

Avocado – has oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, which increases the feel-good chemical serotonin in the brain, keeping you cool and calm during an intense day.

Popcorn – like cacao, it contains tons of tryptophan. This makes is a great grab-and-go snack with mood enhancing qualities!

Oysters – are high in zinc. This mineral is proven to calm the body and stabilize mood.

Sauerkraut – properly fermented foods like sauerkraut put lactobacillus bacteria in the gut which specifically influences the brain. Lactobacillus creates more GABA receptors in the brain and also produces the neurotransmitter itself which then circulates in the blood. All of this has a profound impact on emotional balance and the nervous system.

So this is pretty cool right? Eat the right foods, improve your mood, live a life with a happier outlook. I’ll eat to that!

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10 Simple Ways To Bring Happiness To The Lives Of Others: PoppySoap.com

Happiness is defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Various research groups throughout the years try to answer questions about what “happiness” is and how it might be attained. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion.

I tend to agree with the philosophers. To me, happiness is not a single emotion that can easily be defined. It is part of the art of living life, of taking your individual journey. My happiness is not your happiness. But this doesn’t mean that I can’t genuinely try to help others achieve some level of happiness while possibly contributing to my own in various ways.

This is why I started Poppy Soap Co. Not only does the act of creating make me genuinely happy, but creating something so nourishing for others soothes my soul. But most importantly, being able to give back through my Bar for Bar program – THAT makes me happy!

You don’t have to be a soap maker to make yourself happy, or others for that matter. There are lots of small things you can do to bring bliss to your life and to add some to the lives of others. In the spirit of my month of happiness, I thought that I would share 10 Simple Ways To Bring Happiness To The Lives Of Others. If you get stuck on ideas, print this list and see if you can pick a couple of things to do. I promise – sharing a slice of you makes an impact on others.

  1. Offer a smile to everyone you see. You never know who needs one.
  2. Make first aid kits for women and children in shelters.
  3. Adopt a “grandfriend” and make regularly scheduled visits just to offer company.
  4. Clip and collect coupons and give them at your local food pantry or homeless shelter.
  5. Offer to help an overwhelmed mother get her groceries in the car.
  6. During bad weather, visit seniors to make sure they have everything they need.
  7. Alter and repair clothes for the needy.
  8. Create a space in your garden specifically for growing produce to donate to a food bank or others in need.
  9. Hold open a door for someone, even if that person is still some distance away.
  10. Compliment a stranger and mean it.

What do you do for others that brings happiness both to you and to them?

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