Carolyn Gretton

The mood switch in our brains activated by daylight

There’s no denying the seasons influence our state of mind. It’s easier to be in a good mood when the days are long and warm, but much harder during the short, dark days of winter, when some of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder. What is it about the light that affects our brain and moods so strongly?

Joyce Hollman

The serotonin ‘diet’: Putting nature’s appetite suppressant to work

We’d like to share some information with you about a way you can work with your body and its natural chemical processes to help control your appetite and be able to make better food choices. And, as an added bonus, you may find yourself smiling more often. Here’s the scoop.

Joyce Hollman

The diet that can keep Parkinson’s away

About a million people in the United States are presently living with various stages of Parkinson’s disease. There is no cure for this progressive disease that slowly robs you of your physical and mental capabilities. But the right diet could keep it at bay for quite a long time.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Tips to trigger your happy chemicals and boost your mood

For a minute, just close your eyes and think about what makes you happy. We often think about people in our lives, circumstances or possessions. In reality, however, happiness is largely a chemical experience. That means you can intentionally trigger your mood-boosting neurotransmitters.

Jenny Smiechowski

‘Happiness’ hormone protects against disease-causing bacteria, so boost it

Decades of scientific evidence supports the mind-body connection. Still, it’s easy to forget just how closely your mental and emotional state impacts your health. Here’s a good reminder: a new study shows feelings of well-being and happiness could protect you from dangerous intestinal pathogens that cause infection. Here’s how to boost yours…

Jenny Smiechowski

The best feel-good foods by age group

Have you ever woken up feeling irritable or down for no apparent reason? Sometimes it seems like these negative moods strike at random. But the truth is, when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it may be because you’ve been putting the wrong food on your plate…