10 Foods That Make You Happy

We all know that food has the power to improve our day – whether it is a special treat or a warm, home cooked meal. But did you know that certain foods are scientifically proven to boost your mood? Here are 10 of them:

  1. Chocolate

You’re probably thinking, “Duh, who doesn’t take a bite out of a chocolate bar and feel an instant dose of happiness?” According to science, eating just over 1oz for 2-weeks everyday can actually help to reduce stress hormones!

Chocolate with Cocoa

  1. Oranges

Even thinking about oranges just makes you feel happy! These tangy treats are chalk full of B6 and folic acids, vitamins which have shown to be lacking in people who suffer from depression.


  1. Tea

Like a warm hug in a mug, there are few things as soothing as a cup of your favorite tea. To help clear your head, it is suggested that 5-6 daily cups of either oolong, green or black tea will help to improve your alertness and attention!


  1. Saffron

Now this may surprise you, but some researchers believe that this special spice has the same mood-lifting effects as Prozac! Most notably, saffron has been known to reduce symptoms of PMS, depression and mood swings.


  1. Honey

Well, it certainly makes everything sweeter! It is suggested that depression is a symptom of low-grade inflammation. Luckily, honey is packed full of compounds to help reduce inflammation.

dripping honey

  1. Avocado

We all know avocado is brimming with deliciousness, but it is also full of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter associated with happiness!


  1. Chia Seeds

Many of us add a spoonful or so to smoothies to pack an extra punch, but did you know they’re filled with omega-3s? If you’re not into fatty fish, stock up on chia seeds!


  1. Greek Yogurt

Disturbances in your body’s calcium levels can actually have a negative impact on your mood and contribute to anxiety, depression, irritability and slow thinking. Fortunately, Greek yogurt has a huge amount of calcium and digestion boosting probiotics!

Greek yogurt with honey

  1. Coconut

With such a tropical scent, even just the smell of it can be uplifting! We’re not joking – simply the smell of coconut can reduce anxiety induced ‘fight or flight’ responses in times of stress.

Coconut on wooden background

10.   Carbs

Its no surprise that your favourite comfort food may provide some instant gratification, but healthy carbs can actually help in producing serotonin!

garlic bread and Chili Spaghetti

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12 Pictures That Epitomize ‘Warm and Cozy’

Sometimes simply looking a photo of a roaring fire, a wool blanket, or fuzzy slippers can make you instantly feel a little warmer – and a little cozier! To help you beat the winter blues, we’ve shared 12 photos that epitomize that warm, cozy feeling!


1)    Fireplace Scene

2)    Winter Window

3)    tea and a good book

4)    cozy fire

5)    fuzzy slippers

6)    fireside boots

7)   a cozy wooden cabin

8)    kitten in boot

9)    warm toes

10) hot coca

11) mountain porch

12) kitty in plaid



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The Right Tea for Every Condition

Looking for more natural cures and remedies to everyday problems and conditions? Tea has been viewed as a longstanding key to good health, happiness and wisdom! Take a look at some of the health benefits specific teas can provide for you:


For your upset stomach? Peppermint

mint tea

For your headache? Cinnamon


For nausea? Ginger

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For your anxiety? Lemon balm


For your sleeplessness? Chamomile


For your allergies? Stinging nettle leaf

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For your headache? Green tea


For your runny nose? Elderflower

Tea cup with elder tea

For high cholesterol? Dandelion root


Did we miss any? Share the health benefits you look for in your teas!

5 Surefire Habits To a Good Morning

Not a morning person? Never fear! We’ve compiled 5 surefire ‘good morning’ habits to work into your everyday routine!


1)    Start your day with a hot shower

Cleanse your body from the day before and jolt yourself awake with some warm water and suds! There’s no better way to shake the morning blues!


2)    Exercise!

Hitting snooze one too many times? Pump your body with endorphins to ensure you’re starting your day off on the right foot! At least fit in a few basic stretches!


3)     Music

Nothing makes you jump out of bed quicker than your favourite upbeat jam! While you’re doing your morning routine, make sure it’s to an awesome soundtrack.


4)    Hydrate yourself

A little H2O does the body good! It’s important to stay hydrated, so start your morning off with a cold glass of water. Additionally, swap your morning coffee for a cup of tea.


5)    Smile!

It’s only going to be a great day if you let it, so start your day off with a dose of positivity and just smile!

I love mornings!

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8 Surprisingly Delicious Cold Cures

Tis the season! Winter means that everyone and their dog seem to suffer from some form of cold or flu symptoms at some point or another. For some reason, overpowering cough drops and medicinal tasting teas just don’t satisfy the taste buds. Alas, we have a solution! Here are 8 surprisingly delicious cold cures!


1)    Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing warms the bones quite like it. Studies have suggested that chicken noodle soup actually canalleviate cold symptoms! Turns out your grandmother wasn’t making it up! Try out this one-pot chicken noodle soup recipe to suppress your sniffles!


2)    Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

Now, we understand that this sounds like something you’d whip up in a potions class … and it kind of is. Apple cider vinegar has an almost cult-like following regarding its borderline miraculous healing powers. From heartburn, digestion, weight control, sinus infection and way more. Many people disregard it for an almost unbearable taste (naturally). This elixir is a sweetened and much more palatable version while retaining all of the benefits!


3)    Homemade Cough Remedy

Get your Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman on with this homemade, sinus clearing concoction. Ginger, cayenne and honey – oh my!


4)    Ginger and Lemon Cake

Yes, you read that correctly. Cake – a cake that cures colds. Additionally, it’s both raw and vegan, so regardless of your dietary restrictions you can enjoy this miracle dessert. To eat your way back to health, try this recipe out for yourself!


5)    The Intensi-toddy

Wait, hot toddies normally contain alcohol don’t they? Yes they do, and so does this one. Your run of the mill hot toddy’s cooler, tougher, older brother. Hot toddies usually contain brandy … this one has spiced rum! We urge you to check it out.


6)    Cote-D’Azur Cure-All Soup

It’s just like classic chicken noodle soup except it’s French, so it’s fancier and more refined, you know? (It also contains no chicken but six eggs!)Famed for also being a terrific hangover cure, it’s definitely worth a try!


7)    Influenza RX Sorbet

More cold curing desserts! Hallelujah! This cold remedy makes you wish your parents had known about this when desperately trying to spoon feed you grape medicine as a child. ‘Cold medicine’ in sorbet form is definitely something we can get behind.


8)    Flu Fighting Cookies

Brimming with fresh spices, nuts and fruit we urge you make a batch in the name of your health and wellbeing. If they call them ‘flu fighting’, they can’t be wrong!


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Oil Pulling

coconut cooking oil

What is it? Oil pulling is the ancient practice of swishing oil (typically coconut, sesame or sunflower) around your mouth for approximately 20 minutes and then spitting it out. Make sure whichever oil you choose is cold-pressed and not in warm liquid form! It’s best to practice oil pulling first thing in the morning before you drink anything, eat anything or brush your teeth. Make sure the oil touches every part of your mouth, but try to keep it away from your throat. If you swallow the oil, your body will reabsorb the toxins that were just pulled from your body.

What are the benefits?Studies have suggested that oil pulling is beneficial in fighting gingivitis, plaque and even bad breath. Other non-teeth related benefits include healthier skin and hair, relief of headaches, insomnia and some even suggest depression.


Are there negative aspects? Essentially the only negative of oil pulling is the unusual taste and feel.


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How To Go From 10 To Zen

Your daily life is busy and your mind is often crowded with useless stress. A messy mind and thought process often prevent us from being our happiest and most content self. In order to quiet your mind and calm your soul, here is a checklist to go from 10 to Zen:

  1. Let go of comparing
  2. Let go of competing
  3. Let go of judgments
  4. Let go of anger
  5. Let go of regrets
  6. Let go of worrying
  7. Let go of blame
  8. Let go of guilt
  9. Let go of fear
  10. Have a proper belly laugh at least once a day (especially if it’s about your inability to let go of any of the above)

Try it out for yourself and let us know how it works for you!

Your 2015 Guide to Unplugging


Often times we’re so plugged into what’s going on with our Smartphone, tablet, laptop (or all of the above) that we miss out on what’s going on in our actual lives. Make 2015 a year where you don’t care how many likes your Instagram posts receive, how many people retweeted your dinner last night, or just the general noise and constant bombardment that the Internet endlessly supplies. Here is your guide to unplugging in 2015:

Why You Should Unplug

You might be asking yourself, do I really need to unplug this year? Or better yet, do I really want to? We’re here to tell you yes! Give your mind a break. Do you really need to see Becky’s brunch photos? Do you really need to know the top 5 cats doing crazy things underwater (or something equally as ridiculous)? No, you don’t. Your mind is being swamped with continual, useless information. Unplugging from this seemingly endless stream of nonsense will enable your mind to be quiet. It’s important to be alone with your thoughts and in turn, get to know yourself better. Whether you realize it or not, your phone can be an unwelcome third wheel when spending time with friends, family and other loved ones. By putting the Internet away in all forms, you can encourage stronger and overall more fulfilling relationships. Lastly, setting a ‘tech-curfew’ will enable you to get a better and more satisfying sleep. Staring at bright screens tricks your brain into thinking that it’s not actually night time, and will keep you up later, producing a cranky version of yourself come the morning!

How To Unplug

So now you’re thinking, “Being available and easy to reach is an integral part of my livelihood, I can’t just shut off technology.” The answer to this is prioritizing, and here’s how to do it:

  • Email: It’s all about organizing. All of the spammy, fluffy restaurant deals, clothing sales and whatnot – shuffle them into your spam folder or create a separate folder that is not feeding into your main inbox. If you’re going on vacation, take a vacation from e-mails as well. It’s fairly simple to add an automatic vacation / out-of-office response. Add the date you will be coming back and someone else that they can reach should their matter be time sensitive. This way you can have a streamlined inbox of what matters and also actually enjoy your vacation!
  • Phone: Simplicity is key. How often are you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites when you’re on your tablet, laptop or desktop? Probably a lot. Do you really need all of these apps on your phone as well? If you find yourself constantly using an app that’s really not providing any use, just delete it! If you’re going to be checking it on your laptop later in the day or after work or school, wait until then! Also, did you know that most smartphones have a ‘do not disturb’ option? This handy little feature will silence all incoming calls and alerts while the feature is turned on!

Now that you’ve been enlightened with all of this useful information, it’s time to set some ground-rules. Here are some tips we encourage to ensure you’re just the right amount unplugged to start living in the real world again:

  • No phones in bed! Leave it to charge somewhere other than the bedroom
  • Set a firm tech curfew – (no cheating!)
  • Focus on who is in front of you – set simple rules when with family or friends such as ‘no phones at the table’
  • Take a break – if you’re going for a walk, to the gym, or to meet a friend for coffee, leave your phone!
  • Out of sight, out of mind. Put your phone or tablet in a drawer, cupboard or some other place out of eyesight.

It’s so important to connect with the world around us, and not just through a screen. When we are able to successfully disconnect, we are able to better appreciate the people in our lives, the world around us, and in turn feel a more genuine sense of content and calm. What’s your excuse for not disconnecting in 2015?