Eat– for Good Health

Flood your body with happiness hormones!  Folic acid, according to researchers at Britain’s University of York, increases happiness by 50%.  It works because folic acid boosts production of dopamine, a pleasure-brain chemical.  We can expect to feel happier in about a week promises Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, if we get a daily dose of  folic acid packed foods such as lentils, spinach, and asparagus daily.  Red Lentil Soup is a delicious way to keep warm in winter.  Add spinach if you desire.

Ingredients to serve 4:

250g ( 9oz ) red lentils
1 can chopped tomatoes
or 3 fresh tomatoes, skin removed and chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 sticks of celery, washed and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
some freshly grated ginger, optional
vegetable stock or water
pinch of salt freshly ground pepper

  1. add the lentils to cold water and bring to the boil, skimming off the foam
  2. cook gently for 15 minutes, put aside
  3. in the meantime boil all the vegetable together for 20 minutes in the stock or water
  4. add the lentils to the vegetables
  5. blend them all together
  6. add more water or stock if needed
  7. season to taste


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14 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Friends, there are many ways to boost our happiness level. Another way is connecting with positive people. Happiness really is contagious, proven in studies by both Harvard Medical School the the University of California at San Diego– their study of nearly 5,000 people over a 20-year period found that folks are more likely to be happy if they have positive-thinking relatives and friends.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Rachel! Credit goes to “mirror neurons,” nerve cells in the brain that make us automatically adopt the mood of those around us, according to Harvard researcher Nicholas Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Dr. Christakis offers this Rx– invite upbeat friends over for potluck, or just meet a perky pal for coffee. It gives us a boost.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    That is perfectly fine to visit but not post. Hey, we’re busy. Here is another way to send our optimism soaring. Just smile. Here’s the proof that the smile muscles send a signal to the brain–
    Volunteers (in a study by Robert Soussignan, Ph.D.) were asked to hold a pencil in their mouth, which forced their smile muscles to work. It changed their heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure because it pumped up the body’s feel-good hormones. Try this– glance at someone who is already smiling and smile back.

  4. Kiwana Jones

    Kathleen, I took up knitting after taking a class. The shop has a knitting club that meets on Saturday, and it has improved my mood.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Turns out someone did a study on hobbies. Turns out hobbyists have improved happiness levels for months longer than people whose salaries were bumped up, bought a new car, or moved into a bigger, better place.

  6. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    It makes perfect sense, Kathleen. We feel good at the time we get a raise or make a nice purchase, but we quickly get used to them, and they no longer inspire us. But pursuing a passion is a constantly changing experience. This prolongs happiness. What are you knitting at the moment, Kiwana?

  7. Kiwana Jones

    Mary Alice, I’m just finishing up an ascot in green and turquoise yarn. This Saturday I will start another project. I might try a little hat.

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