The Answer is Always Coffee

By Alyse Borkan  |  Oct 5, 2015
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We know that Mondays are not your friend. We want to help make them a little more bearable. During the month of October, if you tweet us your Monday morning struggle, we may send you a gift from CoffeeKind and Casper. Stop yawning and start tweeting: @casper

Bad news: it’s Monday. Good news: there’s coffee. So, drink up. Studies have shown that caffeine is a natural mood lifter. Not only does the health elixir boost mood, but it improves cognitive function overall.

Coffee stimulates the flow of blood in the brain and invigorates the mind. It enhances alertness, facilitates thought formation and concentration, and decreases mental fatigue. If you are a coffee drinker, you have experienced this combination of effects. While a nice morning shower might eliminate morning grogginess, a cup of coffee will snap you to attention on those particularly dazed mornings .

Not only does it increase mental acuteness, coffee is known for boosting moods. In one study, Harvard researchers found that drinking caffeinated coffee decreased rates of depression among women. Women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression over the 10-year study period. You might ask, “Well, what about decaf?” Women who drank decaf did not experience reduced depression rates. There’s a time and place for decaf: never and in the trash.

 

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