Yes, you heard me – chocolate makes the list! (Thank goodness for that!) Nevertheless, you need to eat dark chocolate in moderation. Benefits of dark chocolate include improved blood-flow to the brain, lowered blood pressure, release of endorphins to the brain (making us happy), and last but not least, its antioxidant properties! So, if you want to be happy, halt the aging process and lower the risk of heart disease, then go buy some good quality dark chocolate now.
This heart-healthy fish is packed full of omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin D, two nutrients that are shown to increase levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin in the brain. Low levels of vitamin D (which can be taken from the sun) results in depression; salmon is a great way to boost your vitamin D intake. Other associated benefits of eating salmon weekly include reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
You may not think of nuts as being a source of happiness but indeed, they are! Walnuts have high omega-3 content and as we have discovered, this is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which in turn, help to reduce the risk of depression in people.
Be sure to make eggs part of your breakfast diet. Not only do they contain large amounts of Zinc, Vitamin D, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. These beauties not only keep us happy, they keep us fuller for longer so we don’t snack on things between breakfast and lunch – result! Eating eggs for breakfast is proven as an effective way to lose weight.
There’s nothing better than having a nice refreshing salad to keep you alert, full up, and happy. Why not include avocado in your salad for an extra boost of energy? Not only will an avocado provide you with your daily fiber intake but it is proven to help lower cholesterol levels by approximately 20% and lower blood pressure. Full of monounsaturated fat, avocados help boost serotonin which is our ‘feel-good’ hormone.
Eating spinach is a great way to get the vitamins and antioxidants required for good health and a happy mood. This power food contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are immune-boosting antioxidants. Spinach is also one of the most effective vegetables to fight the risk of cancer. If you are still not convinced – try putting spinach in a smoothie with some of your favourite fruit or vegetables – this way you will get your nutrients and feel great without even tasting the spinach!
Vitamin C is essential to our health. In order to be happy you need to be healthy, which means vitamin C is very important as part of our daily diet. Broccoli contains 200% of a person’s recommended daily vitamin C intake making it a quick way to get the nutrients you need.
When you feel a bit low, snack on some cherry tomatoes and for added effect – splash on some quality olive oil. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that protects the brain.
With the exception of dark chocolate, this list has mainly stated obvious healthy foods that have the added benefit of igniting the ‘feel good’ emotions in us. But, honey is actually a great food because it contains kaempferol and quercetin – both of which help to prevent depression and reduce inflammation in the brain. So, if you want that sweet kick to help you through the day, why not have honey on toast, honey in a hot drink, or even honey with fruit.
Need an immediate ‘pick-me-up’? Want to feel good almost instantly? Eat turkey! Yes, you heard me right. Turkey can give you that all needed kick when you are feeling low. Containing high amounts of phenylalanine (amino acid), the brain uses this to create dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that activates the brain’s ‘feel good’ points. Not only can turkey quite literally make you feel happy, but it is a highly nutritious food and can help to prevent depression.
Feeling a bit low? Getting tired of your daily routine? Are you demotivated or unhappy with your job? Well, lucky for you – we have compiled a list of the top 10 foods that trigger happy emotions and help boost positivity!
Check out the top foods you should be eating to get back on track and regain focus, control and motivation.