There are times when you are feeling low and food is all you need to lift your spirits. This International Day of Happiness, spread smiles on to people’s faces and turn to your favourite food that will lighten up your mood and make you happy. 

Certain foods have shown to improve overall wellbeing and certain type of mood disorders. Here’s a list of foods that will make you feel better and happy:

1. Banana

Eat a banana when you are feeling depressed, it helps in providing energy and promotes the health of the nervous system. So if you feel angry, agitated or unhappy, have some banana and get your daily dose of Vitamin B through it.

Banana has high source of Vitamin B that helps in improving one’s mood. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

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2. Greek yogurt

It is rich in protein and is great as a probiotic. The live microorganisms support the growth of healthy bacteria and create serotonin, which affects human behaviour such as mood, stress response and appetite. Full-fat yogurt is even more beneficial as the fats act as a brain booster.

Yoghurt with few berries is a great bowl of breakfast that can uplift your mood instantly. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

3. Dark chocolate

It is rich in many mood-boosting compounds. Dark chocolate has many benefits including weight loss and lifting up the mood. It is an anti-oxidant that improves blood, cocoa present in it is a good source of serotonin that helps in making you feel good and keeps depression at bay. 

Dark chocolate helps in lightening the mood as it contains antioxidants and serotonin. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

4. Cheese

If eaten in right quantity, cheese can make you happy. Zinc is the core property that is needed to fight depression and your body does not produce enough zinc, cheese is a good source to turn to. It helps in cognitive responses that will surely make your mood better.

Cheese contains zinc that helps in uplifting the mood. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

5. Coffee

It is one of the world’s most popular drinks, which also makes a lot of people happy too. A warm cup of coffee surely boosts your mood and makes you feel better. 

A warm cup of coffee can surely boost your mood as it contains caffeine and chlorogenic acid. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

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6. Berries 

Eating more fruits and vegetables are linked to lower rates of depression. Berries have a wide range of antioxidants and phenolic compounds which are important in combating stress. They have high amounts of anthocyanins which are linked to lower risks of depression. 

Berries are a pack of antioxidants which are important in getting better of stress. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

7. Beans and lentils

It is high in fibre and protein and makes you feel good. They are excellent sources of vitamin B, which helps in improving one’s mood. Low levels of vitamins have been linked to mood disorders such as depression. 

Beans and lentils have high source of protein and vitamin B that improves one’s mood. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)