Tea of the day: Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
Description: Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with pumpkin and exotic spices. Autumn festivities just wouldn’t be the same without the comforting, smooth sweetness of spiced pumpkin – and neither would your tea time. Warm and rich flavor, with lingering cozy aromatics.
Dry tea smells like egg nog and fresh pumpkin, though I do notice a artificial hint in the scent.
Liquor is a brown-red in the cup.
Steeped tea is astringent, but pumpkiny. It also smells spicier than it tastes. Adding sugar allows the nutmeg and clove to come through, but it has an artificial flavor to it.
VERY sensitive to steep time.
Tea Rating: 3/5
Came across an interesting article in my morning browsing, about four things you can do to be happier, as found out by neuroscience research
The article is here, if you’d like to read it for yourself: 4 Rituals To Make You Happy
A summary of the points and my thoughts follow.
Be grateful. You don’t even have to tell anyone or write it down, just thinking about what you’re grateful for makes your brain happier, an actually rewarding thought. Bonus points for expressing your gratitude. We have a lot to be thankful for, but it can be hard to be mindful of such things. I wrote thank you letters one day last month, and the happy feeling I got from doing it was marked and noticeable
Label negative feelings. If you can name what you feel, it gives you power over it. It’s that old idea that names have power, with research to back it up. We, as a rule, like to understand things, and naming things is just one way to do it
Make decisions. Continuing with the control thing, we feel like we’re in control when we make decisions, even if they’re snall. Plus, we aren’t worrying about it once it’s been decided and acted on
Touch people. This one is the second most “duh” one for me. Physical contact just plain feels good. Even a hug, or a brief touch on the shoulder (particularly from someone you love) does wonders for your feelings of self worth and love. Don’t like being touched? You can still get a lot of the sane benefit from a pet!
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia