Eat Happy

Mmmm, chocolate. image via free images
Mmmm, chocolate. [image via user neza at free images]

As we stated in our introductory post, our prescription for a good happy balance is to not watch the awful, awful cable news (seriously, Wolf Blitzer couldn’t find a happy, positive story if it was hologrammed into the Situation Room). If you have to watch it because it is, like, your job or something, or if you watch it because you are an Aware Citizen, well, Time has a list of foods to help.

From the list, here are our two go-to foodstuffs;
COFFEE:

pictured: someone 'bout to get super happy
pictured: someone ’bout to get super happy

Coffee drinkers can be thought of as curmudgeons, but research has actually linked regular java consumption to positivity. In one study, researchers found that coffee consumed in the morning was linked to energy, kindness, and pleasure. Coffee enjoyed socially was tied to affection, friendship, satisfaction, and good nature, and when sipped leisurely, cups of Joe induced calm, happiness, and tranquility. Another study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year span, compared to those who consumed one cup or less each day. Now that doesn’t mean a pot a day is a recipe for bliss, but if you enjoy coffee there are other health benefits to making it a daily habit. [links are original source]

Yes, we here at the Positiverse HQ drink a lot of coffee. A. Lot. Which is probably why some of us have to go to the bathroom. Like, right now.

DARK CHOCOLATE:

Even thinking about dark chocolate brings a smile to my face, but research backs its happiness benefits. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. That may be why one study found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate daily for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who rated themselves as highly stressed. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, a mineral that has been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms, including fatigue, depression, and irritability. Finally, dark chocolate’s unique natural substances trigger a sense of euphoria that’s similar in to the feeling of being in love! For more check out my 5 Healthy Ways to Eat More Chocolate. [links are original source]

I don’t know about “dark” chocolate. I know it is different, but to this mouth, chocolate is chocolate. And it is good.

A surprising item on the list is Mushrooms. Yeah, I thought that too, but not those kind of mushrooms. Apparently, they are talking about regular food mushrooms. Ew.

There are more foods, so check out the rest of the list, and get to eating. or Coffeeing.

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