You probably know that you can become a happier person by increasing happy hormones in your body. For example by working out and experiencing positive things. But did you know that you can basically eat yourself happy? To get you started with that, I wrote this list of foods that make you happy!
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Foods that make you happy: Quinoa
I personally went from mistrusting quinoa to very much liking it for its’ versatility. No matter if I have my favorite quinoa breakfast or if I use it as a rice replacement – quinoa works! It also happens to contain quite concentrated amounts of certain flavonoids. And guess what? Those have found to have antidepressant-like effects!
Foods that make you happy: Avocado
I don’t know about you, but I can eat avocado all. day. long! When I bite into anything with avocado I am overcome with sweeping happiness. So it didn’t come as a surprise to me that avocado actually has an impact on brain chemistry. This is because of the amounts of tryptophan avocado contains. Your brain uses tryptophan to produce serotonin and serotonin makes us happy!
Foods that make you happy: Cacao nibs
Cacao is a brain booster. The Aztecs already drank it for added strength. If you want to increase your serotonin levels without ingesting the sugar inevitably found in dark chocolate, simply go for organic cocoa nibs*. They aren’t as processed and will increase your serotonin levels in your brain and your gut. (Your body makes about 90% of its’ serotonin in your gut!)
Foods that make you happy: Berries
There is a reason berries have their own checkbox on Dr Gregers Daily Dozen and are not just clustered under “fruit”. They win when it comes to preventing diseases and maintaining your health. They also contain folate, which helps you produce serotonin.
Foods that make you happy: Green Tea
Okay, technically Green Tea is a drink, but bear with me. Not only does this hot drink contain powerful antioxidants. It also contains theanine, which increases your serotonin and dopamine levels. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite cup and some green tea* and boost your happiness!
Keep in mind that even though food is certainly awesome, it will not work like a drug. Drugs will instantly change your body chemistry, while healthy food helps your body produce more of the things that are good for it. This means you have to stick with foods that make you happy for a while. Eating them once will most likely not change much in how you feel.
If you are impatient and cannot wait for the effects to kick in, I recommend reading my post on “How to be in a better mood“. The 5 brain hacks mentioned there will work immediately!
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