I get it, life is stressful, people can suck, and the days are too short. Although the temptation to hit up the pharmacy for an over-the-counter pick-me-up may seem like a shortcut to happiness, I strongly suggest going all-natural first. Go the food route, I guarantee you’ll get real results while saving your hard earned dollars my friends. Food is a special relationship that should be taken care of like the beautiful princess she is. Food reignites old memories while creating new ones, making us feel mad, sad, happy or guilty for the 5 extra bites you just took. When putting a little thought into what foods you eat, try brightening up your day and putting a smile on that face with every bite. Here are 8 foods that PHYSICALLY make you happy.
That’s right, you read it correctly. Dark chocolate is an awesome snack for maintaining positive throughout your week. It increases blood flow to the brain and is a quick mood and concentration booster. To top it all off dark chocolate contains unique fatty acids called cannaniboids, the same in marijuana or cannabis that gives you that real relaxed vibe. Sweet lovers I was surprised myself with the benefits of this food, but don’t just grab that Butterfinger and Wonka Bar, uh-uh that won’t fly. It has to be a natural or dark chocolate to get that pick-me-up. If you like chocolate this is incredible news, just don’t get carried away, too much of anything can be bad. All you need is a few ounces a day for that happiness you deserve.
Oh yea it’s time to enjoy Thanksgiving on the reg. When you’re feeling down or depressed let it be turkey time. The reason for holiday cheer every time you have some turkey is due to high amounts of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid the brain uses to create dopamine. This isn’t just mumbo jumbo folks, dopamine can almost immediately elevate your mood. This neurotransmitter activates several of the mind’s pleasure craters and help greatly in preventing depression. Don’t let these words of wisdom slip away from you, turkey is very affordable and can be used however you like, sandwiches, omelettes, pastas, WHATEVA! The sky’s the limit.
For some spinach might not be exciting you to be on this list. But think outside the box in adding it to your diet if you aren’t the typical spinach or leafy green lover. Spinach is high in folate, a natural B-vitamin that helps the brain create serotonin, a neurotransmitter inside of you that is closely linked to happiness. Throw some spinach on your next burger instead of lettuce or find a light dressing that you’ll enjoy and make spinach salad you’ll actually eat. Several studies have linked low levels of folate and serotonin to depression and poor mental health, Believe that!
Don’t be turned off by the term oily. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout, tuna and eel are yummy, inexpensive fish that typically live near the surface os the ocean. These sea critters have a boat-load of mood-boosting benefits because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial player in brain function. You don’t need to turn to prescription meds when feeling blue. If daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are met, it can reduce typical depression symptoms such as sadness, insomnia and lack of motivation far more effectively than prescription anti-depressants.
This one really got me happy. The mussels where I work are the best smelling thing that comes out the kitchen and now I have more of an excuse to devour them. Mussels have medium to high amounts of Vitamin B12, Selenium, Iodine, protein and Zinc while also being low in fat and calories. To break it down fast, Iodine, Selenium and Zinc all help regulate mood and weight while Vitamin B12 boosts brain cells big time and keeps your mind sharp and focused over time. To me mussels ignite fond memories. I am either on vacation byt the water or remiscing about that last great trip. With the psychological aspects of eating mussels intersecting the physical benefits, consuming them is livin’ the dream.
I eat eggs all the time at home. They’re cheap, they’re easy, they’re delicious. They contain moderate to large amounts of Zinc, Vitamin B, Iodine, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein to keep you energized, full and the opposite of depressed. For breakfast, lunch or dinner while eating out or staying in, eating eggs already put smiles on faces. After knowing this it’s now an even more positive experience every time.
Greek Yogurt and Honey
Ahh the perfect health nut snack. Mix Greek yogurt and honey together for the ultimate happy meal. Greek yogurt has large amounts of calcium (beating out milk folks) and more protein than regular yogurt that helps release neurotransmitters linked to happiness. After you swirl some honey in there, its natural supplements kaempferol and quercetin help prevent depression and keep your brain healthy. Once again, cheap, easy, delicious and for any time during the day. When you want to sweeten things up, try going for honey over sugar. Honey won’t send your body into fat-storage mode and has a lesser impact on blood-sugar levels.
Science covers a lot of ground and a lot of foods. This list is just a strong foundation that I thought is feasible and just down-right delicious. Food is already a HUGE form of happiness and entertainment, these foods just actually prove their link to happiness. The world is full of happy, healthy foods!
Let Happy Plate know what foods make you happy and see if we can add more to the list