If you didn’t immediately think of FOOD, you haven’t lived. Food is the source of much of our happiness and good times. We celebrate with lavish meals, we reward ourselves with sweet treats, and we mark some of life’s biggest milestones with mouth-watering memory makers. It is not only a physiological necessity, but a social one at that.
Food is often villainized, but in reality, food can actually improve your mood and make you happy. Certain foods create different reactions and set off a series of events within our body and brain that can lead to happiness, comfort, and even relaxation.
Get your spoons ready because we’re about to show you how to find your happy with nutritious, healthy food!
Before you let out a big DUH, hear us out. Sure, chocolate is iconic for its sweet, sugary taste that can bring a smile to anyone’s face, but it’s the darker kind that we’re getting at here. Dark chocolate can be a great option to boost your mood. Chocolate with at least 70% cacao can contain loads of tryptophan that helps produce serotonin in the body. This leads to feelings of elation and excitement, while also increase circulation, alertness, reaction time, and problem solving.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Don’t let the word fatty scare you away! Foods containing omega-3s can work wonders for your brain. Raise your serotonin and dopamine levels in each bite when you choose salmon, sardines, tuna, and shrimp. These are the chemicals that the brain creates during times of excitement or pleasure so happiness is just beyond that bite.
Fruits and veggies
Everyone knows you should eat your veggies, but here’s why. B vitamins are found throughout many fruits and veggies options including spinach, mushrooms, and broccoli, as well as bananas, citrus fruits, and avocados. These are the vitamins that take care of your mood and energy levels. Having adequate amounts of B vitamins keep you feeling alert and focused so you can stay on top of your game and feeling great.
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