Mood Boost? Chocolate and New Shoes

I would be lying to say I have never used retail therapy to soothe my soul. Sometimes positive affirmations are not enough to get you past a bad day… week…month.

‘I’ll buy a pair of red pumps and dance ‘…. and if needed depending on the situation ‘on your grave.’

I know this is not how the quote goes but this is my version.

Unfortunately, there are a few situations that a new pair of heels doesn’t quite do the trick.  Fancy shoes have always lifted my sprits, and make me feel like I can conquer the world.  But sadly sometimes when we get kicked in the chest (figuratively) we need more.

That’s why there is chocolate.

Yes, I know chocolate is fattening. But guess what? It’s also good for you. Just try not to eat a whole pound. It has tremendous antioxidant potential when consumed with the higher-level cocoa content.  It can help lower cholesterol levels; again avoid scarfing down a pound.  And it also helps prevent cognitive decline. Who doesn’t what to remember where the M&M are hidden?

And most important chocolate is a comfort food and helps boost your mood. Again avoid the entire box of Godiva, or then you will be depressed for other reasons. Why does it boost your spirits? Chocolate contains carbohydrates. Foods high in carbohydrates but low in protein boost the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is thought to be in short supply in the brains of depressed people. Chocolate also contains small amounts phenyl ethylamine, which affects the brain in a similar but smaller way as cannabis.

Chocolate is also believed to help release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain, which act like opiates to increase pleasure and reduce pain. Again don’t munch down the entire bag of Fun Sized Snickers. And I will try to do the same.




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