How to Get in a Good Mood…Guaranteed

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Your toddler throws a tantrum. The boss sends an angry email. Team USA loses the match. Day. Ruined.

But hold on a sec. Don’t let them jerk you around. You’re more in control of your mood than you think.

Usually we believe having a “good day” or a “bad day” is determined by extrinsic factors. But what if you could protect yourself from the inside?

Here are the best ways to reduce stress and how to get in a good mood tomorrow by eating something nutritious.

Our moods are affected by both environmental and chemical factors. Tricks like the “not to-do list” or morning routine help control our environment.

But mood involves a lot of body chemistry as well. Our hormone balance, serotonin release, and insulin levels are in constant flux.

So how do we regulate body chemistry?

You already do it more than three times a day: Eating.

Your ability to focus, retain information, handle stress, or feel motivated are all affected by the macro and micronutrients you consume.

That blueberry muffin the size of a cat head you bought this morning? That’s basically a high fructose narcotic.

And the brick wall you hit every afternoon at 3 p.m.? That breakroom donut is likely responsible.

In a world ruled by pharmaceuticals and processed foods, it’s easy to forget the profound effect of clean, whole foods.

There’s always a new energy drink or power protein on the market. But in nutrition, Occam’s razor often prevails.

Keep it simple.

Studies prove routinely eating clean, whole foods makes you happier and statistically less depressed than processed foods.

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Whole foods make you happier:

  • This Norwegian study found people eating more whole, nutrient-dense foods were happier, calmer, and less anxious than those eating “western”-style diet of processed and fast foods.
  • This British study found people whose dietary pattern included more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish reported dramatically less depression over a five year period.
  • This American study found the “western” diet of processed or fried foods, refined grains, sugary products, and beer created higher odds of major depression, dysthymia, and anxiety disorder.

Food can make you feel like a baller:

  • Capsaicin (the spicy component in peppers) releases endorphins, adrenaline, and even has painkilling properties.
  • Foods high in B vitamins (like lentils, bell peppers, and spinach) help produce dopamine, releasing feelings of self-confidence and motivation.
  • Oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid found in olive oil and avocados, increases serotonin, keeping you calm.
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid in plant foods like walnuts, soybeans, and flaxseed combat depression and boost mood.

 

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Plus, happiness = winning:

shawn-achorShawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, found that doctors make more accurate diagnoses in a good mood. And optimistic salespeople outsell their brooding colleagues by over 50 percent.

So, don’t knock the power of fruits and veggies. The food choices you make everyday have a deep effect on your happiness.

By choosing clean, whole foods, you’re giving your body the nutrient blast it needs to crush life.

Take your mood into your own hands: Eat something fackin nutritious today, and feel like a boss.

What foods make you feel like a winner? Share your mood-boosting foods with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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