How a 30-second quickie is actually good for your health – and could even give you stronger orgasms 0 165

THREE quarters of us say we need a mood boost in January.

We crave daylight at this time of year, but in the absence of that, Yasmin Harisha and Claire Dunwell bring you ten easy ways you can cheer yourself up in just 30 seconds.

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Eat a banana

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NANAS are our most popular fruit and they are high in the hormone serotonin, which helps to improve mood and reduce anxiety.

The fruit also contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, and B6 – with the latter also linked to the same happy-helping hormone.

Take a sip of tea

Getty – ContributorAussie boffins found that a cuppa perks you up thanks to the amino acid theanine[/caption]

THERE’S nothing better than a cuppa to perk you up and much of the reason is thanks to the amino acid theanine in the drink.

Mixed with caffeine, theanine boosts brain activity, mood and gives a sense of relaxation and well-being while also improving alertness, Aussie boffins found.

Smell coffee

GettyOne study found that coffee scent in a room improved wellbeing for 90 per cent of people there[/caption]

IF tea isn’t your . . . er . . . cup of tea you can get a lift from the nation’s other favourite hot drink.

Even the smell of coffee helps, travelling to the part of the brain responsible for emotions.

One study found that coffee scent in a room improved wellbeing for 90 per cent of people there.

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Light a candle

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CANDLE light sends calming signals to the brain and the smell, particulary when scented, is a help too.

Psychologist Emma Kenny says: “Anything that offers sensory pleasure, such as nice smells, connects us with nostalgia.

“It’s ritualistic and makes us feel grateful for the moment, lifting mood.”

Chew gum

GettyChewing gum can reduce anxiety and improve mood in healthy young adults[/caption]

A STUDY in Japan found using gum regularly can reduce anxiety and improve mood in healthy young adults.

It increases blood flow to the brain and releases nervous energy by reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

It improves alertness too, but choose sugarless to save your teeth.

Reach the big O

ShutterstockThe average male and female orgasm lasts ten to 35 seconds and regular sex means more orgasms – a quick and surefire way of warding off the winter blues[/caption]

ORGASMS are a half-minute mood booster because they flood the brain with health-boosting, feelgood endorphins.

The average male and female orgasm lasts ten to 35 seconds and regular sex means more orgasms – a quick and surefire way of warding off the winter blues.

Sing the chorus

GettySinging the chorus of your favourite song will activate a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus which is linked to the part of the brain that registers pleasure[/caption]

SINGING stimulates a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus which is linked to the part of the brain that registers pleasure.

Singing the chorus of your favourite song will activate it, while deep breathing caused by singing slows the heart rate, raises oxygen levels and relaxes the brain.

Stroke a pet

GettyStroking, hugging or simply touching an animal can relieve stress and pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression[/caption]

PET owners are less likely to suffer from depression.

Stroking, hugging or simply touching an animal can relieve stress.

Psychologist Emma explains: “The exchange between cat, dog and owner – that mutual appreciation – helps to bring calm and also stops us feeling on high alert.”

Hold eye contact

GettyHolding eye contact for 30 seconds can lift your mood[/caption]

US researchers say brief interactions with strangers can lift moods.

In a study, half of the volunteers who were asked to start a chat with a stranger reported a better mood than those who weren’t.

If such a task feels daunting, holding eye contact for 30 seconds also brings similar benefits.

Make a victory list

GettyMaking a ‘victory list’ of achievements will make you more driven to face other tasks[/caption]

COMPLETING a task and spending half a minute ticking off a to-do list releases dopamine, a neuro-transmitter that generates feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction and happiness, say researchers.

Making a “victory list” of achievements will make you more driven to face other tasks, too.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 40

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 28

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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