Does your diet affect the way you feel? Can Eating More Fruits And Vegetables Makes You Happier? If you intuitive answer is yes, then here is a study that supports this belief; which makes a lot of sense if we realize that our feelings are affected by chemical reactions in our brain, that are themselves affected by the chemistry of our body as a whole.
Michael Kelley | Oct. 23, 2012, 9:30 AM |
David G. Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald and Sarah Stewart-Brown have written one of the first studies on the potential influence of the different kinds of food people eat on feelings of happiness. Using datacovering 80,000 randomly selected British individuals along with seven accepted measures of well-being, they found that happiness and mental health rise in proportion to the number of daily servings of fruit and vegetables, peaking at 7-8 servings of 2.8 ounces each. The pattern remains "remarkably robust" when adjusted for a large number of other demographic, social and economic variables, the study found. Even after isolating confounding variables, it was found that individuals consuming at least 7 servings a day were 2.7 percent happier than those who eat almost no fruit and vegetables. The authors note that the rise in life satisfaction is larger than "being a non-smoker [1.9 percent], is only a little less than that from being married [3.6 percent], and in absolute size is more than half the coefficient of having a longstanding illness [negative 4.3 percent]. Being unemployed, which is known from well-being research to have routinely one of the largest effects in happiness equations, is associated with approximately [negative 9 percent]." The scientists conclude that thinking about the types of foods we consume may be valuable for governments concerned with the ultimate happiness of their citizens.
Flickr/Harald Groven The study defined a serving as about 80 grams (2.8 ounces).Eating fruits and vegetables is strongly associated with peak mental well-being, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
This all sounds very beautiful, but my advice wouldn't be to wait for governments to take action on it. We as individuals are responsible for our wellbeing and happiness. Each one of us has the ability to shape their life, health and feelings with our everyday choices. The message that I do emphasize from this study is that food not only benefits or affects our physical health, but it also has a great influence in our emotional health.