Why I dumped my toxic friends (and keep my real ones closer)

Published: The Irish Times
Author: Geraldine Walsh
Expert Opinion: Dr. Malie Coyne

“Being with warm people is the ultimate mood-changer and the answer is found in your brain. A meeting of the minds, or a good laugh with the right person, can activate optimal levels of your ‘feel-good’ brain chemicals and drastically lower your stress levels, by relaxing your heart rate and blood pressure. The endorphins can act as a natural pain reliever, whilst the serotonin release can serve as an antidepressant or mood lifter without the side effects.”

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