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browsing • endorphins • stress
sluggish • sharp
  1. A relaxing night is just what I needed. I woke up today feeling and full of energy.
  2. You have been really lately. Are you sleeping enough at night?
  3. When she feels sad she has some chocolate to boost her .
  4. Cell phones help with communication, but they also add to your life.
  5. No, I'm not looking for anything special. I'm just . Thanks.
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433 Food
Marion shares he thoughts about food.

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browsing through

I was browsing through a bookshop today and I picked up a book on food.

When you are 'browsing through' items in a store you are looking at what they are selling, but not trying to find anything in particular. Usually when we browse we have no serious intention of buying anything. Notice the following:

  1. You have been browsing through that discount rack for 15 minutes now. Are you going to try anything on?
  2. That shop has the most amazing jewelry. I could spend hours browsing through it.

endorphins

The author says that chocolate releases endorphins that make you feel good.

'Endorphins' are chemicals in your brain that make you feel good or happy or decrease the feeling of pain. Notice the following:

  1. They say that laughter boosts your endorphins.
  2. Exercise is a good way to release endorphins.

stress

They say endorphins help you deal with stress as well.

'Stress' is pressure that you feel to do certain things in your life. You may feel stress when you have a lot to do in a short period of time or you have many people asking you to do things at the same time. Notice the following:

  1. This is a very stressful time of year for everyone.
  2. The stress from my job and my personal life is making it difficult to sleep at night.

sluggish

One of my friends told me that when she feels sluggish, eating meat helps give her energy.

When you feel 'sluggish' you don't have a lot of energy. Notice the following:

  1. Eating a lot of food always makes me feel sluggish.
  2. He's not sick, he just feels a bit sluggish.

sharp

The author also says that sometimes the body will feel a need to be more sharp.

In this case, 'sharp' refers to something that is prepared for action. When you are 'sharp' you are aware of what is going on around you and you are ready to act in an efficient and direct manner. Notice the following:

  1. You want your movements to be very sharp and exact.
  2. I'm not feeling very sharp today. I think I need another cup of coffee.