‘Help!’ Learn to de-stress from your pets

Pets are cute, cuddly and stress-reducing. Studies have shown that petting, much like touching or hugging, releases feel-good hormones known as oxytocins (read more about these love hormones in cuddle party facilitator Q&A). Pets provide companionship and the strong human-to-animal bond can help reduce blood pressure, bring comfort and even promote better relationships with other humans.…

Stress influences taste perception — Start your day right

Do you know that stress can affect taste? According to a study by Lucy Donaldson of Nottingham University, anxiety or depression can cause change our taste perception. The study tested healthy people’s taste sensitivity after taking antidepressants that boosts levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin. Serotonin, which deals with inhibitory functions, affects memory, appetite, sleep as…