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A Recipe for Happiness: 5 Foods to Boost Your Mood

Whether you’re looking for a quick way to lift your mood or a more permanent solution to improve your overall well being, the secret to happiness might be easier than you think. Here are 5 simple ways you can eat (and drink) your way to smiling more.

1. Coffee

The caffeine found in coffee helps increase dopamine and serotonin transmission within just 30 minutes, and these chemicals are the ones responsible for making you feel happy. Plus, research shows that drinking 2 cups of coffee a day can lower your risk of depression by 15%.

2. Mushrooms

Thanks to high levels of selenium, mushrooms can help lower the risk of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. They are also the only plant source for natural vitamin D, which has been shown to affect your mood.

3. Dark chocolate

Antioxidants and polyphenols are natural mood boosters, and dark chocolate is full of them.

4. Apricots

These delicious fruits are packed with vitamin B6, which can help reduce depression. They also contain the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which are linked to increasing your mood when eaten.

5. Kidney Beans

Red beans have one of the highest amounts of magnesium in food. Low magnesium levels are linked to having low energy, so by raising the amount of magnesium in your diet, you can make it so you don’t need that afternoon nap to get through the day.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to elevate your happiness, these foods can have you smiling in no time.

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