The Tuesday Two © – April 9, 2024

Thank you to everyone who committed to the “You Matter Challenge”  I look forward to your stories.  It’s not too late – just email me that you are participating, and you can still get in on the draw!

1. Laughter – Ever wonder how this day of pranks and jokes came to be? April Fools’ Day, celebrated annually on April 1st, is believed to have originated in various cultures and evolved over centuries.

Regardless of its precise origins, April Fools’ Day has become a global phenomenon, celebrated with playful pranks, hoaxes, and practical jokes. From harmless tricks among friends to elaborate media hoaxes, this day encourages laughter, lightheartedness, and good-natured fun.

The best part is that laughter is good for you, it releases endorphins, increases the production of antibodies and increases the amount of oxygen you take in.  It even works out the diaphragm and stomach muscles. 

Did you embrace the spirit of April Fools’ Day and spread some joy and laughter! 😉 I would love to hear your stories.  Email me Here

2. Chocolate – Has anyone seen the increase in the price of cocoa and smaller bags of chocolate treats? While there is no quick fix for the shortage and rising prices, there are some great benefits to dark chocolate? 🍫 Here’s why it’s not just delicious but also incredibly good for you:

  • Rich in Antioxidants: Dark chocolate is packed with powerful antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which help combat oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body. These antioxidants can contribute to overall health and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Heart Health: Regular consumption of dark chocolate has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. The flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of blood clots, thus promoting cardiovascular health.
  • Improved Brain Function: The flavonoids in dark chocolate may also benefit brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain and promoting the growth of new neurons. This can enhance cognitive function, memory, and overall brain health.
  • Mood Enhancement: Dark chocolate contains compounds that stimulate the production of endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being. Indulging in a bit of dark chocolate can help lift your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Dark chocolate is a good source of essential nutrients, including iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. These minerals play various roles in the body, such as supporting energy production, maintaining bone health, and aiding in the formation of red blood cells.

So, next time you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious snack, reach for some dark chocolate and enjoy its many health benefits guilt-free! Remember, moderation is key – aim for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or higher) and savor it mindfully. 🍫❤️