3 Powerful Habits that are Proven to Make Us Happier Long-Term

health habitsThe pursuit of happiness – why does it always have to be such a pursuit?

One moment of happiness that many of us can relate to is that moment when you buy your first home, or your first car.

You’re excited for all of the new potential these objects will bring you.

For the first couple of weeks and months, it works – you are as happy as you imagined.

But then something peculiar happens – the happiness fades.

Researchers call this “hedonic adaptation” or the “hedonic treadmill”.

The Untold World of Oxytocin, Stress, and Life Adversity

Oxytocin is not just a “love” or “cuddle” hormone – it is a general anti-stress hormone that may help lower levels of cortisol, reduce blood pressure, and more.

It turns out that oxytocin works alongside stress hormones to help maintain homeostasis during times of stress and inflammation (1; 2).

Textbooks typically refer to oxytocin as a bonding hormone that is released during breastfeeding, or after an orgasm. But there are many other triggers of oxytocin release such as warm temperature and touch, smells, sounds and other social cues (3; 4).

The release of oxytocin is also not limited to just the pituitary gland in the brain; it can be released from the uterus, ovaries, testes, blood vessels, and the heart (

Can MCTs from Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight and Trim Belly Fat?

A recent meta-analysis published in the March-April 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that the replacement of long-chain saturated fats (mostly animal fats) with 5 grams of Medium Chain Triglycerides (found in coconut and palm oil) over at least four weeks led to a statistically significant loss of 1.5lbs of total weight, 1.96lbs of body fat, and 0.7 inches in waist circumference (1)

Saturated fats are highly diverse, contrary to historical coverage by researchers and the media. There are over thirty different saturated fats that are sub-categorized by the length of carbons in their chemical structure. They are segregated into short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain fatty acids.

Long-chain saturated fats are what we typically think of […]