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Eat Yourself Happy: Eat Fatty Foods

Food can greatly affect your mood, for better or for worse? When it comes to happiness and every other area in your life, food has the capacity to harm or heal. By learning about what foods to choose and avoid, you will be able to help your body and mind, and embrace happiness. Start off with looking for foods that are high in oil and yes I am talking nuts. Our brains rely on  fats, such as oils containing omega-3 fatty acids, and they do wonders for mood and improving happiness by allowing nerve cells to communicate more efficiently.  Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and fish oil are a great way to consume these. Omega-3 fatty consumptions has been have been demonstrated to reduce the prevalence of clinical depression in many different studies.

Look for fat, eating any fatty food does make you happy. "Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don't know we're eating fat," says psychiatrist Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove, co-author of the study. For the study, researchers played sad music and showed sad photos to the participants. The participants who were injected with the saturated fat were happier than those who had been given a simple saline solution. The study is considered the first of kind to show that food's effect on mood is "really independent of pleasant stimuli". That is to say, eating fat foods makes you less likely to feel sad.

Sugar is the number one food to avoid if you wish to be happy. Sugar sets you up for a quick, false surge of energy when you feel the sugar high, which is then followed by a crash. Sugar can also harm your immune system and trigger depression.  A new study  suggesting that sugar may contribute to depression adds to a flood of findings linking sugar to a variety of both physical and mental health problems.

Because food has such a big effect on your mood, you would be wise to utilize it to its full potential. Instead of just choosing your meal based on what you desire at the moment, turn your plate into a powerful weapon that will fight depression and anxiety, and build and maintain your happiness.
You deserve the chance to feel joy, and by modifying your eating habits you can change your life for the better. Choose your mood by choosing your food, and see the difference it makes.

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Jesus loves me! This I know
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong.
They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Words by Anna B. Warner 1860; Music by William B. Bradbury 1861)
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