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These foods are scientifically proven to make you more happy

These foods are scientifically proven to make you more happy
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Did you know that food can have a direct impact on our emotions? Research has shown that certain foods can alter our behavior, and by consuming the right nutrients, can improve our overall mood. 

According to health-focused websites such as Healthline and Real Simple, here are some foods you may already be consuming that have a positive effect on your day-to-day mood:


Bananas are a great source of natural sugar and vitamin B6, which helps keep your blood sugar levels and mood stable. You can enjoy them in the morning with your breakfast, as a snack, or even blended into a smoothie.

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Dark Chocolate

Not only is dark chocolate a tasty treat, it can also have a positive impact on your mood. Dark chocolate is packed with compounds that can increase the production of feel-good chemicals in your brain, leaving you feeling great after every bite!

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Did you know that eating more fruit can lead to lower rates of depression? Berries especially are packed with antioxidants which help with inflammation associated with depression. For a quick and easy way to add berries to your diet, throw some into your next smoothie!

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Who would’ve thought that coffee was more than just a yummy beverage? It is known to increase the release of dopamine, which is essential for motivation. It's no surprise that coffee is such a beloved morning drink!

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Beans and Lentils

Although they are not the most popular foods, beans and lentils are filled with Vitamin B. They can improve your mood by elevating the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine!

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Other foods that can help boost your mood:


Fatty fish (salmon, tuna)





Green tea and black tea


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