Although I am a bucket list blogger, I am also obsessed with happiness — or its more fancy term subjective well-being (SWB) — studies. Two other favorites of mine are summer and food. What better season than summer to look into what types of food have been proven to increase happiness? Here is what I found:
An article on ABC News finds there are 19 foods that boost health and happiness: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/19-foods-boost-health-happiness/story?id=19184264
1). Legumes (AKA peas, beans, and peanuts)
3). Quinoa (“a complex carb that can give you a steady stream of energy”)
5). Vitamin D-Fortified Milk (evidence suggests it has a positive effect against asthma symptoms and allergy sensitivities)
9). Enriched cereal
14). Cayenne pepper
16). Turmeric (found in curry powder)
17). Green tea
18). Red Wine (Wohoo!)
19). Coffee (Yay!)
An article in Women’s Health Magazine lists some additional foods that “will help you stay healthy, maintain a sharp mind, and keep those pesky blues at bay.” Some overlap with those listed above:
1). Wild salmon and shrimp
2). Cherry tomatoes
4). Chile peppers
Time to start feasting!
I’ve been a vegetarian for seven months, and even in that short timespan, I’ve noticed a big difference in my attitude-no doubt I’m healthier, I’m happier, and I have a little but more energy (I was already an energetic person though). I know not everything on those lists is vegetarian, but if you’re willing to make the commitment, a plant-based diet can have some big paybacks.
I swear my 3-year-old is headed that way. She enjoys veggies more than meat…. sometimes she’ll reach for them before sweets…. She has definitely changed (and improved) my dinner menu.
My friend who’s a vegetarian often says the exact same thing! But yes, I agree that eating right can definitely make a difference in energy levels, etc 🙂
Great list, thanks.
Thank you :)!
Haha, exactly :)!
I don’t eat all of those on a daily basis but I see many that I do! Success 🙂
Haha, yes definitely :)!
Lol, I know right?!
I got hungry! 🙂
Haha, me too :p!
You are making me hungry!
Haha, I felt the same way while making the list :p!
See an apple a day keeps everything at bay. 🙂
Haha, exactly! :p
This list is awesome, thanks for posting it!:)
Thanks so much :)!
surely that list should include bacon!
Ahaha, good point :p!
Need to add these to my diet haha 😉
Haha, same here :p!
Hey Christine …that’s cool. …thanks …
Thank you :)!
Great list, but the item that sure to create a smile is ice cream or Italian ice if you don’t want the fat content.
Great post! I try to eat these foods regularly because if I don’t I can really tell.
Thanks for sharing this very useful information!
Actually sounds delicious!
Cool! Thanks for the list, I already eat a lot of these foods on a daily list, but butter? Who knew!
Ice cream and red wine! Win!
I can’t have wheat, gluten, dairy, or unnatural sugar, so this list is so helpful! It’s full of fruits and vegetables that I think I would enjoy! I’m especially happy about coffee and red wine! Thanks for posting 🙂
I’m glad to see those chocolate (You missed a happiness) covered peanuts are coming in handy. It is also wonderful know Popeye had the right idea…. Great list!
I love carrots. I could eat an entire bag of baby carrots in one day. I also like celery — especially dipped in peanut butter!
Wow what a great list! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’m copying this list and sticking it to my refrigerator. 😀 😀 Thanks!
Haha, I’m so glad to hear that :)!
You’re very welcome :)!
I’m trying hard to incorporate some veggies in my diet but my mind always goes “fried chicken is so much better” hahahahaha, but I’ll get them veggies in sooner or later.
Hahaha, I know, I often have the same mindset :p It can be tricky!
Thanks for posting! Very useful