6 Natural Happiness Hacks

Well, it's almost that time of the year where the holidays have come and gone, football is almost over, and it is just too cold and dark to go outside for extended periods of time. It is easy to get caught up in a funk when it seems the sun has gone into hibernation which makes it even easier lose track of those New Year's resolutions!  Fortunately, there is a solution and it does not include tropical vacations (although let's be real, those never hurt!), all it takes is a quick trip to your local grocery store! 

Here are the top 6 happiest foods that are chemically engineered to turn those frowns upside down!

Images pulled from Google Images

Images pulled from Google Images

Blueberries

These beautiful little beauties are not only delicious but they are also pumped full of amino acids that help synthesize dopamine aka the happiness hormone!

Salmon

Those dang omega-3s are at it again! Not only are they just amazing for your body, but turns out they are a fantastic way to release those good hormones that make you feel all warm and fuzzy.  And you know what happens when you feel warm and fuzzy? You don't feel cold and depressed…

Spinach

Spinach, like most leafy greens, are packed with folate, a B vitamin that kicks that crappy mood and sharpens your thinking! This is also why a delicious spinach salad is a fabulous idea for lunch to help keep your mind sharp all day long!

Coffee

FINALLY - my suspicions have been proven; Coffee does make the world a better place! Okay, maybe that is a bit extreme but it can help lower your risk for depression as proven by this Harvard study

Dark Chocolate

This dark and delicious treat contains compounds that actually flood your brain with the same chemical that Is released in your brain with you are in love… and come on, what is happier than love people!? But if you are not a dark chocolate lover, than this video of kids trying dark chocolate for the first time is sure to make you chuckle!

Coconut

Unsweetened, natural pieces of coconut or coconut shavings this sweet little treat that can turn any frown upside down because they are just so dang delicious.  But also be a fantastic way to keep yourself happy because of its high levels of, you got it, amino acids!

Now I am not a nutritionist and by no means will these sweet natural hacks solve all your problems, but actively deciding to take in foods that are proven to make you happy can’t hurt!

I hope you enjoyed this quick read - I know I had a ton of fun researching it! Looking for more natural hacks? Let me know what you had in mind and I will be sure to dig in!