Coffee Makes Us Kinder People & Other Thoughts



Because it’s Thursday and this sums up my current mindset.


We had another snow day on Monday which I don’t think I told you about.


If we want to get technical here it was more of an ice day than a snowstorm day but that doesn’t matter at this point.

What matters is that my son was home from school again, making it three Mondays in a row due to winter weather.

I was never this lucky as a kid!

So…he sort of found Jerry Springer on television during this ice day home from school.

At first I wanted him to turn the nonsense off to protect my somewhat still innocent little boy but then I remembered I was watching Jerry Springer before Jerry Springer was Jerry Springer along with rest of the line up of Geraldo, Donahue, Maury Povich and Oprah probably at his age, if not younger.

And when he threw in that he was watching the show to learn what NOT to do in life, I decided for the first time that perhaps Jerry Springer was actually educational in really twisted way.

I really miss Oprah. Don’t you?

I learned so much of what I know from her and watching episodes of her Life Class on demand now is not the same.

I need her every day life opinions. I need her assistance to trigger Aha! moments and I need her what to do if you are stuck in your car and suddenly submerged in a river emergency tips.

Please tell you remember those episodes?

I needed her a whole bunch last week as I learned about the crazy deadly horrific Metro North train crash.

Did you hear about it? I know it made national news.

I can’t stop wondering how or why that poor woman tried to cross the train tracks in her car, ignoring the flashing red lights that were screaming CAUTION THE REALLY BIG TRAIN IS COMING.

Why she stopped on the tracks, got out of her car (on the tracks!) to check the damage from the crossing gate that closed on her car, why she didn’t run, why she got back in the car and why she didn’t back up to avoid the train.

I know I would never pass those flashing warning railroad lights but I am sure Oprah reminded all of us anyway to use caution at train crossings and not attempt to outrun a train.

I like to think that in the heat of the moment I would remember these safety precautions, utilize my Oprah knowledge in a pinch and not freeze up but who knows, right?

And I think it’s the who knows that scares me.

None of us really know what we would do when faced with the really scary and sudden situations until we are already in it with a split second to think about our next action.

It also scares me that I find myself working with not one, but two mugs lately.

coffee cups

I mean, at least one of the mugs is tea and the tea is even decaf. And, I aim for refilling the coffee mug more often with decaf coffee than regular coffee so that counts for something, right?

It’s just so darn cold here. I need hot beverages at all times. I am trying to keep up with my water glass too but gosh, just thinking about drinking water gives me an inner chill these days.

People who hold a hot mug of something in their hands are nicer than people who don’t have something warm in their hands, did you know that?

Yeah. It’s a thing.

I once learned that drinking warm beverages and just holding that warm cup triggers something warm and fuzzy inside making people smile more often thus kinder in our actions.

Therefore, my current double mugging is helping me to become a nicer person which really, is a blessing for all those who come into contact with me making the caffeine part of the equation justified.

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  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 12, 2015, 7:35 am

    I hardly ever order coffee at a restaurant, but my hubby does. I’ll just hold his glass in between sips!
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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate February 12, 2015, 7:44 am

    Oprah- yes! I miss her 🙁 No other hosts match up. And I actually went to a Jerry Springer show while I was in college, it was quite hilarious!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 12, 2015, 7:48 am

    I really miss Oprah too. She was always on at the perfect time and I’d watch her with my mom after she got home from work. Good times. And I’m actually sipping on my favourite cinnamon spice tea as we speak, but I’ll probably switch over to coffee soon. I’ve been having a pretty tough time with water lately too. Just too cold.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 4:05 pm

      At least I am not the only one who shivers at the thought of water. I am still drinking it but it’s a fight I have with myself mostly early on in the day. Later I seem to do okay.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine February 12, 2015, 8:14 am

    Drinking coffee right now! I am all about constantly having a warm drink in my hand. I think red wine counts as a “warm” drink too right? I mean it may not be hot, but its also not really cold like most other drinks. And I definitely thinks it makes people nicer.
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    • Suzy February 12, 2015, 9:41 am

      Lisa, you’re awesome. 🙂

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:59 pm

      Ha, yes, you are correct! I always liked red wine and it definitely makes me nicer lol. And actually warm too. Wine makes me hot sometimes.

  • AJ @ NutriFitMama February 12, 2015, 8:16 am

    Ha- I love your son’s reasoning for watching Jerry Springer! That is great! And yes, people are MUCH more kind, happier, and all around more pleasant with a cup of coffee in their hands. I totally agree!
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  • frank February 12, 2015, 9:01 am

    Coffee (this morning, right now at Uncommon Grounds), The View, Ginger.

    It’s 23 degrees, which is supposed to be the high for the whole weekend here. Mostly single digits with wind chill into the 20 below zero range . . .

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma February 12, 2015, 9:16 am

    I think you are right about Jerry Springer. It definitely doesn’t glamourize making bad life decisions! I’m feeling the same way about coffee. And responsibilities! Another 2 busy days before the weekend.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:57 pm

      I definitely looking forward to next week when I don’t have to get my son up and out for school, no homework to yell about and no Hebrew or basketball to get to!

  • Suzy February 12, 2015, 9:44 am

    I often feel like my own life is like a Jerry Springer show. 🙁 If drinking two mugs of hot bevvies make you write like this, then keep it up! I loved this post today. You’re hilarious!! I drink coffee from fresh-ground beans brewed in a french press. I do love English Breakfast tea later on in the morning and then another cup of coffee in the afternoon.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:55 pm

      Aw, thank you…If you are throwing chairs around like the Springer show, maybe you should write it, get on the show and get famous for it!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 4:06 pm

      I don’t know if my comment replied – it says it did but I don’t see it! lol

      • Suzy February 12, 2015, 9:18 pm

        I see both of your comments, unless the wine consumption has me seeing double and if that is the case, then there goes my responsibilities and my underwear! Just like any other night, I suppose. 😛
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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe February 12, 2015, 10:27 am

    I’m definitely nicer when i have something warm and cozy in hand. Also when Oprah is on, because how can you be rude when she is in the house??
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:53 pm

      I miss her being on at 4:00 pm every day and again at 7 for the times I couldn’t make the 4:00.

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner February 12, 2015, 10:36 am

    I currently have a vent flat white on my desk! Couldn’t agree more about warm drinks needed during these frigid temps! I am way nicer because of it 🙂 But who am I kidding. I like a warm drink no matter the temperature outside.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:52 pm

      Me too. Last summer I don’t think I drank many iced coffees at all. If I wanted cold, I wanted water to quench my thirst.

  • Emma @ em-poweredwellness February 12, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I completely agree that holding something warm makes you nicer and happier! I feel better when I have a cup of hot tea or coffee to hold and smell 🙂
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  • Meg @MegBollenback.com February 12, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Hello! I’ve stopped at your blog a few times now (have seen you on link-ups!) and wanted to comment today because I completely miss Oprah, too. I’m sorry to hear about the train accident…that sounds awful. I live in DC and while it’s a completely different scenario, there was a metro accident here a month ago that was sad and just made you kind of want a hug. From Oprah, specifically. Oh, and I also agree that warmer beverages in winter make us normal people. Anything warm makes me happier and much kinder…my fiance can attest to that!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 12, 2015, 3:51 pm

      So glad you found my blog! I really do miss Oprah and these train accident are just so so terrible…So sad.

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz February 12, 2015, 4:51 pm

    Right now I am drinking a Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer…it’s a bit early for alcohol for me, but my best friend from my childhood just recently moved back in next door to me and we are making up for lost time!

    I KNOW for a fact that coffee makes me a WAY nicer person. I give up caffeine periodically and I am not a very nice lady on those days.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 13, 2015, 2:48 pm

      Oh that’s super exciting! One of my best friends lives next door so I can relate to the fun!

  • Ashlee February 12, 2015, 9:05 pm

    I used to love Regis and Kelly so random !!! I love coffee but chai tea is a close second 🙂 We better stock up on all the hot beverages we can because it’s going to be FREEZING this weekend.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 13, 2015, 2:47 pm

      I can’t even believe the crazy cold that is coming…I watched Regis and Kelly a little bit too but missed most of the show since I was in school when it aired. I was allll about the afternoon talk shows lol.

  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating February 12, 2015, 10:56 pm

    Your child…is a very smart child for what he said about Jerry Springer. EXACTLY what I always thought while watching Jerry Springer growing up. My father let me watch it. 😉
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