Eat These “Get Happy” Foods!


Most people would agree that food makes them happy – but did you know there’s actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your mood, and I wish to share a few of those with you. It’s important to remember that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a wholesome diet we’ll feel much better overall. It’s estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive system so let us get to feeling happy. Here are a few of my favorite mood-boosting foods… Dark chocolate. You may have felt like chocolate made you happier, but it’s been scientifically proven as well. It’s been proven that eating dark chocolate each day lowers your levels of stress hormones and therefore makes you happier. This is not a free pass to eat unlimited amounts of chocolate, but a small piece will not hurt – in fact, it could actually help! Fruits & Veggies. All of the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that come from a lifestyle full of vegetables and fruits permits you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy. Therefore, incorporating this rainbow of food in your life is fantastic for your mood and health. Fatty fish. The omega 3’s which come from fatty fish like wild salmon and tuna provides your body with the nutrients it needs to feel less stressed, more relaxed and joyful. An additional benefit of omega 3 is its powerful anti inflammatory properties. If it makes it possible to reduce pain that is an additional bonus to enhance your mood. Saffron. Have you heard of saffron before? Conducted research showed that only a small bit of saffron per day makes serotonin more available to the brain. Saffron has also been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms. Along with eating mood-boosting foods, you can also make an attempt to exercise on a regular basis for more mood boosting benefits. The endorphins that are released during exercise have a powerful effect that will last the entire day and put you up for success. Another terrific practice to enhance your mood is by keeping a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down at least 3 things you’re grateful for and really think deeply about them. Enjoy your food, make healthy choices and you’ll be happy! If you are struggling with your mood, please seek medical attention from a licensed medical practitioner. These tips should not take the place of medical assistance.  


Have You Ever Purchased a Hoarder House?


When I first saw the TV series’Hoarders’, I wondered how they found all those houses. After buying houses for years, I realize that hoarder homes are everywhere. Shocking! The above photo is from one of the hoarder homes we bought. Hundreds (thousands?) of dolls. They were in EVERY room on both floors with only a path to walk through. And boxes. And all the accessories. I never walked through that house alone. Chucky? But so many people have houses stuffed with things. Sometimes they’re forced out – this girl was transferred into a retirement community by her children. Sometimes I guess they are just done? We’ve had multiple houses where it resembles the sellers have gone out to run an errand – all their furniture and clothing still there – dresser, kitchen and bathroom cabinets full – closets full – refrigerator full – personal items still left lying around. Maybe they just packed a suitcase and left? I guess when you’re done, you are done. How do you, the purchaser, get rid of all of the stuff? That can end up being a massive expense. One house we purchased had 62 tires inside. What?! I have tried lots of things to avoid hauling it all to the dump (think cost ). I’ve tried”moving” sales, selling to vendors at flea markets (“for just $X amount you can have everything”), salvation army, any donation pick-up resources, Craigslist. 1 time, I had a house with a variety of larger items left. Lots of old, worn furniture but certainly still usable. I put photos on Craigslist and said,”FREE. I left the house open and went back by after 1pm. It was fabulous. Naturally, we also have spent $thousands at the dump emptying houses. We ask sellers what they intend to leave (and hope they are honest) then reduce our offer by approximate costs to clean out the house. Real estate investing is interesting on so many levels. We have also kept some amazing finds left behind – I have a wonderful and gorgeous piano. One seller texted after move-out he’d left his bike in the garage along with the signed name on the kitchen counter. After my husband had some fun on it… we sold it for tens of thousands. Why didn’t the owner sell it rather than leaving it for us? My Explanation, who knows? – I gave up believing for the sellers years ago. So many stories and so much fun. What hoarder homes have you become? What fabulous finds have you gotten with purchase?


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