If recent studies showing that pasta and butter are basically health foods hasn't made you happy enough, consider adding a few more fruits and veggies to your diet. A new study by researchers at England's University of Warwick and Australia's University of Queensland concludes that "eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people’s later happiness levels."
Those who already eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis may not be in for a major mood boost, but researchers found that over 12,000 randomly selected Australian adults enjoyed positive psychological impacts after adding up to eight servings to their diets over the span of two years. The improvements among subjects were drastic, with participants experiencing "an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment."
While researchers often look at the link between nutrition and physiological diseases like cancer, this isn't the first study to link quality of life to fruit and vegetable intake. In 2014, scientists in New Zealand concluded that eating fruits and vegetables caused people to flourish and show higher levels of curiosity, creativity, and overall positive emotions.
While research has yet to prove exactly how many carrots one needs to consume in order to achieve nirvana, Professor Andrew Oswald, who authored the new study, believes that adding fruits and vegetables to one's diet can have a more immediate affect on one's mental health than physical fitness.
“Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health," he wrote. "People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.”
There you have it. Find a way to choke down some Brussels sprouts and you may just achieve inner peace.