A new study found there’s an easy way to make yourself happier on a daily basis. The bad news is it involves eating more fruits and vegetables. Why can’t these studies ever involve bags upon bags of Doritos?
Researchers at the University of Warwick in England had more than 12,000 people keep food diaries while they also kept track of their mental health.
And they found that how happy you are increases with EVERY SERVING of fruit and vegetables you have each day. And it doesn’t level off until your eighth serving.
So in other words, one serving a day will make you happier than none at all, and eight servings should put you at peak happiness. But more than that is overkill as far as mental health goes.
And here’s the coolest part. We’ve known for a while that fruit and vegetables help prevent things like cancer. But your cancer risk drops slowly over the course of a decade or two.
But with mental health, you see the effects much faster. And within two years, someone who goes from eating no servings a day to eight servings would have an increase in happiness on par with getting a JOB when you’re unemployed.