Sure, it's perfect for roasting a burger on a summer's day—but can coal actually help banish the blues, as well? Up to 20 million Americans suffer from mild depression each year, and many of them report feeling blue while at work. Luckily, a few tweaks to your desk décor can boost your mood. Get happy by borrowing a few pieces of charcoal from the grill and putting them in an open container on your desk.Coal releases negative ions, which are molecules that contain an extra electron. In nature, these particles are created by the sun, wind, and moving water. These ions cling to dirt and dust, weighing them down and causing them to settle, in turn filtering your air. Research has shown that this causes the body to release more "happy" hormones, like serotonin. And while you're at it, add a plant to your works place. Plants increase the levels of healthy oxygen around you, in turn upping positive feelings. Who knew that you'd ever ask Santa to skip the gifts and bring the coal?
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012