Quotes That Capture the Unique Essence of the Baby Boomer Generation

The Baby Boomer generation grew up in an incredibly important and dynamic time in American history.

The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and moon landing were all life-changing events for the boomer generation. Among all of these political and social changes, was a deeply spiritual and energetic collective voice of artists, musicians and writers. Baby boomers grew up listening to Elvis, Ray Charles, and The Beach Boys.

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How Accepting Failure Turns You into a Success

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

The most satisfied people don’t necessarily lead better lives than anyone else.

In fact, most of them are remarkably ordinary people with very modest lifestyles. Happy people aren’t always rich, they don’t have perfect relationships and friendships, or even perfect health. They all have their own unique shortcomings, their own family issues, and the same amount of problems that anyone else does. However, satisfied people do all seem to have one thing in common:

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How Soy Consumption Impacts Your Hormone Levels

Most of us regularly consume soy: whether it be through soy milk, vegetarian products, tofu, or protein shakes.

With so many different uses,  soy has been a longtime popular meat product replacement for many vegetarians. Soy has also been known for its high protein content and wide array of health benefits such as controlling cholesterol and managing diseases like type 2 diabetes, thyroid cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Baby Boomers: A Generation of Caretakers

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

-Carson McCullers 

The baby boomer generation has been put in an exceptionally unique position.

Most of the baby boomers still have dependent children,  and many of them also have the responsibility of being the primary caretaker for their aging parents. This position comes with some very tough decisions, such as: when is it time to consider assisted living? How does one budget new insurance and medical care expenses? How can I be there for my family members in need without completely sacrificing my own goals?

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6 Sneaky Reasons You’re Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Mothers talk about sleep the way someone who is starving talks about food. Fatigue can overshadow your life, making everything seem like too much trouble.
― Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett

We’ve all been there.

There are times that we maintain a balanced, sufficient sleep schedule and still end up exhausted. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that can be quite finicky at times.  It’s a frustrating feeling, not being able to get the energy you need despite a full night of rest.

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The Effects of Creativity on Your Brain

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

The idea that the left-side brain and right-side brain work against each other is a commonly believed misconception.

We all have dominant strengths: some of us are naturally good at mathematics or talented at art from a young age. We all possess unique combinations of skills and qualities that differ wildly, and cannot be simply contained within “he’s just a math guy,” or “she’s a painter.”

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Is There Room for Alternative Medicine in Modern Society?

Herbs As Alternative Medicine

I grew up with a grandma who seemed to have a natural remedy for any of my ailments: honey for a sore throat, lavender to relax me, or ginger to calm my stomach. In a society far too used to popping a pill for a quick fix for any ailment, is there room for the traditional, natural remedies our grandparents have always told us about?

The following are qualities about common herbs that you may have grown up with and may be interested in using instead of prescriptive medication.

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How Traveling Solo Teaches Us About Spirituality

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

The act of traveling has deeply spiritual origins.

In many cultures, to travel away from one’s home was a serious journey: one that was taken for the purpose of connecting with God, seeking truth, and gaining wisdom. Even historical, non-religious explorations required a leap of blind faith, and a trust of the unknown.

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Creative Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Spring BBQs  

As the April sun starts to warm up the ground and our spirit, it makes me feel like eating food that’s as uplifting as I feel walking in the sun without frostbitten spring-1223479_1280fingers and toes. With the warmer weather making the out of doors more tolerable, thus begins the season of BBQs with family and friends!

Here are some unique, spring-themed recipes that are perfect for bringing to a family gathering or cooking at a BBQ. I chose these outside-of-the-box recipes to challenge the norms of BBQ food with produce that is plentiful.

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The New Adult Night Light That Helps You Get To Sleep

blur-1261019_1920That’s right, you read the title correctly. A night light. For adults. Though vastly different than the conventional
light that plugs into an outlet and offers comforting, guiding light to nervous wanderers of the dark. The new nightlight I’m referring to changes your nighttime experience in a different way.

Allow me to introduce you to the Night Shift mode on your iPhone.

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TeddyCan Electronics

TeddyCan is currently offering cash-back rebates to some big time electronic hubs! We are always offering deals that are advantageous for all of our users. We want to bring deals to our visitors that are both practical and logical, and in the long-run, keep coming back for more!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 11.53.26 AMReceive a cash-back rebate up to 2% to Rakuten.com! Here is where you will have access to the most diverse selection of electronics imaginable. Whether you are looking to purchase a power tool set, or a wifi capable router, Rakuten will have what you are looking for. Their items range from video games to coffee makers. They touch upon all useful departments such as home & household, health & fitness, computers & office, and even fashion & beauty. Come and save today!

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TeddyCan Fashion

TeddyCan is the hub of diverse deals. We offer cash-back rebates to some of the most attractive brands within the retail market. Our deals are guaranteed to be perceived as sensible and effective!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 2.50.19 PMReceive a cash-back rebate up to 12% with dresslink.com. Here is where you will have access to a diverse selection of discounted women’s clothing. Featured items include dresses, sweaters, pants, shorts, denims, hoodies, t-shirts, coats, and even swimwear. Not only do they have deals on actual clothing but accessories as well. Shop for the latest jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and beauty and hair accessories. Whatever your fashion needs may be DressLink will have you covered!

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Coping with Loneliness: A Quiet Epidemic of the Senior Community

Retirement is a complex and bittersweet milestone.

This change is met by many new opportunities and time to develop personal interests. However, when the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world carries on, it’s very common for feelings of loneliness to develop. Even with a supportive network of family and friends, the solitude that accompanies some later in life can be difficult to bare.

This problem seems to be so quietly ignored that people who find themselves in this position find it difficult to seek help.

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Recipes that Uphold Taste & Throwaway Waste: Classic Dinner Edition

Opportunity to Change

If you’re like me, you’re stubborn with your eating habits. I get particularly defensive if someone tries to tell me that something I’ve been eating for years might not actually be that great for me. With our society’s evolving definition of a healthy diet, my commitment to eating delicious food is constantly at war with my commitment to being healthy.

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Fortunately, for those who don’t want to completely write off comfort food as a weekly dinner, there are ways of discreetly tweaking these classic recipes into healthier versions that are better for you and your family to consume.

So, here are some recipes for those of you, like me, who are trying to create meals that simultaneously benefit your health and uphold a certain standard of taste.

The Recipes

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Serves 6-8
  • Gluten free
  • Healthy potatoes that actually taste good

This recipe still uses potatoes in its mashed potatoes, but the secRecipes that Uphold Taste Throwaway Waste Classic Dinner Edition 2ret to this healthy version: use half potatoes and half cauliflower.

Have you ever tried substituting cauliflower into a recipe to try and cut back on calories, but felt taste was sacrificed too much to justify the reduction in calories? One would be remiss to try to pretend this white vegetable can pose as a hearty cream sauce or fluffy dough, but that doesn’t mean cauliflower cannot be successfully (and deliciously) used.

Personally, I think cauliflower is the chameleon of vegetables and can be cleverly disguised in all kinds of recipes, which is why I suggest this recipe to start your cauliflower endeavors. Research shows that it’s more effective to start change in small doses to build a lasting habit, so take your cauliflower on a coffee date before committing to a weekend vacation with the family.

Meat Lasagna

  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Swapping in whole-wheat noodles and substituting low-fat cottage cheese and lean ground sirloin can quickly turn this dish into a healthier option for the whole family, while still preserving its classic cheesy allure.

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Eating quality meat is also a good habit to get into when trying to be healthy. How do you know what’s “good” meat? In a FRONTLINE interview, author and food activist Michael Pollan advises, “We always say, “You are what you eat.” But that’s only half the story. We’re also what what we eat eats, too. And cows that eat corn are different meat. So when we’re eating that corn-fed, oil-fed meat, we’re incurring another kind of cost as well.” Bottom line: try to buy meat that eats well so you can too.

Shrimp Scampi

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  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 35 minutes
  • 226 calories per serving

This lemon-garlic shrimp and vegetable recipe is a mock version of the traditional shrimp scampi favorite. Serve on its own or pair with a grain like quinoa, brown rice, or farro to make this meal more filling. There is nothing small about the benefits of eating shrimp; packed with protein, shrimp also has a low fat content with a not-so-low amount of omega-3 fatty acids. If you get sick of shrimp, consider substituting scallops or a white fish to this recipe to change up your protein game.

Check back next week for some seasonal recipes to inform your taste buds that spring has sprung!

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Why We Should All Learn to Be Comfortable with Solitude

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”  ― Michel de Montaigne

We spend most of our days in constant contact with other people.

Technology has made us available to others at all times, so even our “alone time” is interrupted by communication from friends and family. While maintaining strong bonds with others is important for our physical and emotional health, there is also something to be gained from the ability to sit alone from time to time.

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Our Aging Market: Conference Discusses How Businesses Can Target the Right Audience

How can we create a prosperous market free of generational bias?

With the continuous development of new technology and the rapid expansion of online marketing, the business industry has taken on a level of complexity that has not been witnessed previously. Millennials are beginning to master the art of digital advertising, companies are branding themselves through social media, and businesses can directly interact with specific audiences in a way that haven’t been able to before.

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5 Reasons to Learn a New Language Later in Life

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ― Frank Smith

Learning a foreign language can seem like an intimidating task.

However, the process of learning a language is just as enriching as mastering one. Studying a language not only gets you closer to being bilingual, but has life changing benefits you might not expect. Culture is deeply embedded into language, and by exploring that, you are exposing yourself to having a more enlightened, diversified worldview.

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How Retiring at an Older Age Prolongs Your Life

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.  -Abe Lemons

The desire for a long and happy retirement is universal.

The freedom of enjoying the simple pleasures of life after years of hard work seems to be the bright light at the end of a long tunnel. However, it is becoming more and more common to see people continuing to work past the typical retirement mark. In many cases, it’s not even financially necessary. So why are they doing this?

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The Science of Sentimentality: How Nostalgia Can Help Us

“I am suddenly consumed by nostalgia for the little girl who was me, who loved the fields and believed in God, who spent winter days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew and sucking menthol cough drops, who could keep a secret.” — Audrey Niffenegger

We all share a strange relationship with memory.

Bits and pieces of the past tend to float to the surface when we least expect it. Sometimes, they are unwanted reminders. Upon recognition, we immediately push those memories down again, locking the door behind them, wiping away the trace of dust left behind on our hands.

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Sneaky Ways to Save on Summer Travel in Paris

On our Teddycan blog, we’ve written a lot about how to save on airfare and hotels. The tricky part to budgeting a trip (especially an international one), is avoiding all of the hidden expenses you run into once you get there. Living in Paris and being virtually poor has allowed me to become, how do you say…creative? in how I manage my finances. Learn from my mistakes and you won’t have to substitute your meals for vending machine kinder bars.

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Plan Your Next Trip with TeddyCan

The costs add up when dealing with any type of traveling.Plan Your Next Trip with TeddyCan-teddy_couple Planning a trip anytime soon? If so, allow for TeddyCan to put your mind and wallet at ease. We offer cash back rebates to some of the most attractive brands within the retail market. Our promotional offers are diverse and range from savings on a rent-a-car, to receiving a rebate for flowers. Whatever your needs may be, there’s a pretty good chance TeddyCan has a cash-back rebate for it.

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Health Comes First

dreamstime_xl_15726474 - Copy - CopyTeddyCan takes pride in all of our the health-related resources. We offer a variety of cash-back rebates to an extensive amount of various health-related tests. All testing is done through QuickLabWork, and above all else are affordable. Not only are the prices of these tests inexpensive, but health insurance is not a requirement. These are simple procedures that do not require a doctor’s order, and can also be ordered right online! Your test results will remain confidential, and when using TeddyCan, so will your searches.

Here’s a sample of some of our latest health tests:

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Solutions for Osteoporosis: From Mainstream Medicine to Chinese Herbal Cures

Bone mass inevitably decreases as we age, making us more susceptible to bone fractures and back pain. This is a condition known as osteoporosis, which over 10 million americans struggle with. Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis, and having a family history also increases your likelihood. One of the biggest factors in this condition is lies in how much bone mass you had to begin with, which usually reaches its peak in your early twenties. Other risk factors include: lack of calcium and vitamin c, a high sodium intake, smoking, and an inactive lifestyle.

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Intestinal Microbiota: How Your Health Depends on Microbes

Our bodies require a healthy amount of microflora to run smoothly. This healthy bacteria is essential in digestion, nutrient absorption, mental health, and energy levels. Without a substantial amount of good bacteria, destructive bacteria flourishes and wrecks havoc on our health.

The bacterial balance in our gut can get out of whack for a few reasons: using antibiotics, consuming too much sugar or processed foods, stress, and lack of sleep. Most people don’t even realize their gut is out of balance until it is too late.

Here are some ways to ensure your gut is in good shape:

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Traveling the World through Literature: Books to Read This Spring

Passionate readers have the unique luxury of leading many lives. Whenever I am feeling a bit geographically claustrophobic, I throw myself into a good book. Whether you are too busy to travel, or on a tight budget, picking up a book is the next best thing to hopping on a plane. Here are the books I recommend reading this spring that will take you distant lands:

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The Link Between Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

Does being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder put us at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?

Recent clinical studies have shown that there is in fact a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Coronary Heart Disease. Those that have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are at a much higher risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease, accompanied by a higher mortality rate. Research has shown that 15-20% of those who experience a myocardial infarction met the criteria for having Major Depressive Disorder.

The tricky part lies in determining if one condition is a primary trigger for the other.

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Is Candida Silently Destroying Your Health?

Candida is a fungus that lives in your digestive tract, and in small amounts, does a good job of absorbing essential nutrients. Also known as yeast, candida is found in an abundance of foods we consume, such as bread, beer, wine, pretzels, and cakes.

An overgrowth of candida can have extremely insidious effects on our health that most people are completely unaware of. In fact, the symptoms of candida overgrowth mimic symptoms of other common illnesses like depression, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. If left untreated, candida can wreak havoc on our immune systems, gastrointestinal system, and our mental health.

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Meatless Monday Recipe Ideas for the Whole Family

A Monday Without Meat?

Meatless Monday is a movement with the slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat.” Sounds simple enough, right? With observed health, environmental, and cost benefits of cutting out meat for one day a week, why not try it out?

The recipes below should inspire your Meatless Monday to be as delicious and filling as possible. Who says you have to eat meat to have a satisfying meal?  Wait, what’s Meatless Monday?

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The Meatless Monday Phenomenon

Not Another Health Fad…

In the midst of what seems to be endless health food trends, there is one movement that stands out above all others that you should stop to consider. Meatless Monday is an idea that originated in the U.S as a way to aid the war effort in World War I and II. In 2003, health advocate Sid Lerner reintroduced the idea as a campaign for public health The Meatless Monday Phenomenon-cowawareness.

Meatless Monday slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat,” has become a global practice that is simple to follow and has proven health benefits. Intrigued? You should be.

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Get That Kitchen Ready

 

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Everyone knows that cooking is not always the easiest task, and can oftentimes be perceived as more of a chore instead of an enjoyable activity. However who’s to say this has to be the case? Here at TeddyCan we are offering an assortment of deals that have the possibility of making your kitchen the most efficient and effective it can possibly be.

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TeddyAutoCare

TeddyCan is offering advantageous deals to some leading auto part retailers within the market. Here at TeddyCan we are always aiming to provide our users with deals that are both useful and helpful. We understand that caring for your respective vehicle, and staying up-to-date with the proper upkeep can be at times a difficult task. That is why TeddyCan wants help any in any way possible. We are always providing various deals that cover a broad range of our users most valued needs.

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Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an under active thyroid, making the metabolic processes in the body extremely inefficient. Though this condition is not typically life threatening, it is accompanied by many uncomfortable and painful symptoms that can be depressing to cope with. Conventional treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves hormone therapy and/or surgery. Continue reading Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

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Coping with Heart Disease: Prevention Tips & Alternative Medicine

At Teddycan, we believe in the importance of approaching our health from a holistic viewpoint. This means using multiple sources as a way to get the best, most well-rounded advice. We know that you know the basics, so we are eager to share some interesting, alternative advice for you.

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Living with Arthritis: How Do I Stay Active?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is marked by pain and swelling in joints. This discomfort can make it tough to be as active as you would like. However, a little bit of exercise goes a long way, and can actually improve your symptoms greatly. So, the question is, how do you do this without making your condition worse?

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Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Spring

The best time of the year has arrived!

With spring comes plentiful opportunities, new life, and lots and lots of…yard work. After the long winter, it’s very likely your lawn vaguely resembles a scene from Dante’s Peak or Twister. If you are feeling overwhelmed, check out our helpful tricks for getting your garden pretty and primed for planting. Continue reading Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Spring

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Gym-timidation

Intimidated by the gym? Let’s address some other options out there that will still provide you the same benefits from the gym, without the membership. According to the 2008 Gym-timidation-1Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week and muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. Don’t worry; you can achieve all this with or without a gym membership!

 

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“Going Clean”: Advantages of a Traditional Diet

Ever heard of Nutritional Psychiatry?

Eating healthy food is not a revolutionary idea, but Nutritional Psychiatry is a relatively new and growing field that’s beginning to change the way we look at food. Nutritional psychiatry is the evolving study of how dietary intervention can reduce rates of psychiatric disorders. There have been many recent studies that have found evidence of associations between diet quality and health. These studies found how a good diet can prevent depression, influence mental health outcomes in children, and even affect brain plasticity.

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A Day of Diabetic-Friendly Deliciousness

Food should always taste good. Even if you have dietary challenges, there are still ways to get creative and make delicious meals. One of the more common issues that impede diet in our society is diabetes. Since many of us know a friend, loved one, or personally struggle with diabetes, I thought a day of diabetes-friendly meals would be useful to all.

The Recipes

The following are taste-approved recipes guaranteed to satisfy any diabetic:

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  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving size: 2 slices of toast and 1/3 cup of maple-apple topping
  • Carb grams per serving: 35

 

 

 

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Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease which occurs when your body cannot maintain proper insulin levels. This results in  your pancreas making too much insulin, and then consequently, not having enough. Although the complications from Type 2 Diabetes can be severe, prevention and catching it early make a world of difference.

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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes at Home

If you have read our post on the basics of Type 2 Diabetes, than you are familiar with the risk factors and complications that can occur from this common disease. The most promising aspect of Type 2 Diabetes is that is entirely preventable.

These are our tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will keep you far away from Type 2 Diabetes:

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Healthy Fats That Supplement Your Diet

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Fats actually play a significant role in maintaining a healthy diet. Healthy fats, also known as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, help keep your heart healthy, support mental alertness, and play a vital role in managing your moods!

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