Gratitude, The Antidepressant

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.” Zig Ziglar Dopamine and serotonin – 2 out of the 4 neurochemicals in the brain – are a winning combo. In fact, their combined strength can rival that of a prescribed antidepressant! How do we tap into these ‘reward’ and ‘mood booster’ chemicals? The answer is simple;Continue reading “Gratitude, The Antidepressant”

Socialization – The Ultimate Therapy

It was during one of my socially anxious periods that I began to withdraw from the company of others. I isolated to the tipping point of my mental health, but it wasn’t until I sought the friendship of others that I truly began to break free of self-placed restrictions and negative thought patterns. For me,Continue reading “Socialization – The Ultimate Therapy”

Take Me (An Original Poem)

Take me where the air is clean; Flowers bloom, and grass is green. Where dirt paths are the ones folks trod, And beetles scamper in the sod; Where meadowlarks croon in the trees, And autumn leaves dance in the breeze; Where buttercups are wet with dew, And evenings cast a purple hue; Where grasses raiseContinue reading “Take Me (An Original Poem)”

6 Reasons to Ditch Modern Dating Culture

With all of the modern day technology steamrolling every social connection into an online format, relationships and dating have become nothing more than a smokescreen to our hashtag personas.  Gone are the days of front porch cuddles, double straw malts, and lingering kisses goodnight at the door.  Those of us who dare to cast aContinue reading “6 Reasons to Ditch Modern Dating Culture”

The Science Of Kindness

If you’ve ever volunteered your time, given a hand-up to someone going through a rough patch, or simply taken the time to compliment a coworker, you may have experienced a kindness high. This high is so powerful, it has similar effects to a mild dose of morphine! So what’s the science? Research has proven thatContinue reading “The Science Of Kindness”

The Importance of Balance

Like most of you, I’ve battled with depression, anxiety and stress – tons and tons of stress! What I failed to realize, however, was that I was turning my past experiences into self-fulfilling future prophecies.  My negative self-talk was destroying any chance I had at future success. In fact, I even brought on a disorderContinue reading “The Importance of Balance”

The Ever-Elusive Flexible Mindset

Do you have emotional overreactions when life doesn’t go as planned? Is your self-talk defeating more often than not? You might have stumbled upon something called the fixed mindset. This particular way of thinking leads us to the false belief that we can’t change ourselves or our circumstances. A fixed mindset might be comprised ofContinue reading “The Ever-Elusive Flexible Mindset”

Positive Affirmations

“Kind words are like honey 🍯, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 Our thoughts become our beliefs, which become our actions, which become our realities. Challenge: Write out a list of all your good qualities, including those which you aspire to have. Whenever a negative thought pops into your head,Continue reading “Positive Affirmations”

Four Keys to Happiness

There are four main chemicals in our brains that set the foundation for happiness: Serotonin (the mood booster), Endorphin (the painkiller), Dopamine (the ‘reward’ chemical), and Oxytocin (the ‘love’ chemical). In this post, we will zero-in on how to hack that fantastic mood-stabilizing chemical, Serotonin. Get plenty of sunshine It may seem simple, but soakingContinue reading “Four Keys to Happiness”