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.
A new study out of Cambridge University in England found that money really CAN buy happiness . . . as long as you spend it on the right things. It just depends on your personality.
They split people into five big personality types, monitored what they spent money on for six months, then tested them to find their general happiness levels. Check it out.
- People who are open should spend money on entertainment, and hair and beauty products to be happy. They should avoid getting traffic tickets or taking on a mortgage.
- Conscientious people should spend money on insurance, and health and fitness. They shouldn’t spend money on gambling, toys, or hobbies.
- Extroverted people should spend money on entertainment and travel. They shouldn’t spend money on lots of insurance or an accountant.
- People who are agreeable should spend money on charity and pets. They should avoid getting traffic tickets and gambling.
- And neurotic people feel BETTER when they spend money on traffic tickets. They also like gambling. But they should avoid spending money on hotels.
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It’s a good thing all the big things in your life peak at different times. If they all happened at once, the rest of your life would suck.
A new survey found when the average person has 10 different key milestones in their life. Check ’em out . . .
- Best dating life . . . age 24.
- Best health . . . age 30.
- Most confidence in your body . . . age 31.
- Best sex . . . age 32.
- Finding your “true love” . . . age 32.
- Happiest in your career . . . age 38.
- Happiest overall . . . age 39.
- Most content in your relationship . . . age 40.
- Best salary . . . age 42.
- And most total wealth . . . age 47.
Do you reminisce about your 20s, and wonder how you POSSIBLY had any worries back then? Because life was so wonderful and easy? Don’t worry, you’ll find that happiness again . . . once you’re really, really old.
A new study out of Australia analyzed people’s happiness over their lives. Here are the three things they found . . .
1. You’re happiest from ages 15 to 24. Then you start getting more miserable.
2. Things keep getting worse until your 40s, when it bottoms out and stays low.
3. Once you hit your 60s, you start getting happier again. And by 75, you’re as happy as you were when you were 20.
The researchers had one main conclusion: Responsibilities are the WORST. When you’re working, raising kids, and under stress, you’re the most unhappy . . . so in the ages before and after all that stress, life is great.
Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of hype in the media about the “dad bod.” It’s basically the idea that women are cool with men letting themselves go once they’re married with kids.
Well, a new study just threw that out the window.
Researchers at Yale University just found that the key to a good marriage is . . . a man who DOESN’T let himself go.
They found that married women are much less likely to be depressed if their husband regularly works out . . . even if THEY never work out themselves. Men who exercised also were happier than men who didn’t.
For whatever reason, when women worked out, it didn’t have any effect on the happiness of a marriage.
The researchers’ theory here is that exercise has a stronger positive psychological effect on men than women. And since it makes men feel so good, that happiness rubs off on their wives.