Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Desserts May 6, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 9:53 pm
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Location: Bike basket outside of OCAD


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day :).

I’m sure you’ve heard that STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards. Well, it’s true! Next time you’re stressed, try to eat a dessert, you will feel better. When things are going crazy, many of us crave some sort of dessert be it cupcakes or chocolate or ice cream. The fact of the matter is that this actually has something to do with your hormones cortisol and adrenaline. When stressed, these hormones take sugar out of your liver and rush it to your blood. Once the stress is gone, our bodies need to replenish the sugar somehow. Enter desserts! So, there’s a biological reason for your cake craving after a long night at work. Try this: after a hard, long day at work, take a chilled drink, sit down and take a sip. I guarantee this will help put you at ease.

My favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. What’s your favorite dessert?


Your friendly picker upper ­čÖé


Stress Relief April 15, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 1:14 am
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Location: An elevator


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I’m a student and well it’s exam time so I’m feeling a little bit stressed. While in some people stress can be inspiring and motivating, in others it can be self-defeating. Nobody likes the feeling of being overwhelmed.

I’m almost 100% sure that humour and laughing helps to relieve stress so here’s part of an email a friend sent to me with tips on how to relieve some stress.

  1. Sit in your parked car with shades on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
  2. Skip instead of walking down the street. See how many looks you get.
  3. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat.
  4. Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy and ask where the fitting rooms are.
  5. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.



Your friendly picker upper