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Cake is good for you - really

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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WHEN you reach for that piece of cake this weekend, there is no need to feel guilty according to new research.

Apparently the act of sharing a cake with friends could help cement friendships – especially when times are tough.

The study of over 2,000 adults found cake sharing symbolised togetherness and helped build

strong bonds while promoting a good feeling.

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Spending quality time with friends can also help you wind down and de-stress.

Here are a few top tips how best to do it:

1. Make sure to spend time with a friend at least twice a week. Put social events into your calendar and stick to them.

2. Spend quality time with your friends talking to and listening to each other in small groups and open up. You don't have to go into every little detail of every little thing you're worried about with your friends, but you shouldn't be afraid to ask for feedback.

3. Try to identify diversions that will make you laugh. Laughing is a great way to relax.

4. Play music - it affects your mood, so create a playlist of songs that demand you have a good time.

5. Ditch caffeine and opt for a mug of ginseng tea which not only kick-starts your metabolism the way coffee does but soothes anxiety too.

6. Watching a movie can help you escape into another universe and to take your mind off of your own problems. Pick a comedy or a romantic film for maximum relaxation.

10. Schedule spontaneity. Plan a ‘plan-free’ day – and call in on a friend out of the blue.

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