If you change your diet to include more fruits and vegetables, you can expect a variety of benefits. But is happiness one of them?
According to a study of over 12,000 Australian adults, it is. Eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables isn’t just good for your physical health – it is also good for your mental health. A lot of the time when we think of the benefits of eating vegetables, we don’t think of mental benefits. But eating more fruits and vegetables can help you feel better mentally – it can help with stress, for example.
So, just how many fruits and vegetables do you have to eat every day in order to start seeing an impact? Unfortunately, you can’t just eat a few here and there and expect to notice results. So really focus on changing the way you eat if you are interested in feeling better, and happier. You’re probably wondering if you are currently eating enough fruits and vegetables. Well, this study found that in order to feel happier, people had to eat at least eight servings each day.
However, the study, which was performed by the University of Queensland, does say that eating more than this minimum will make you feel even happier each day. In other words, if you want to feel as happy as possible, try to make a point of eating ten servings daily. Here’s something else interesting that was found in this study: women, for whatever reason, found that eating fruits and vegetables helped with happiness more than men did. And the people surveyed for the study also brought an unsettling fact to light. Most people just aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. Out of the people asked, the vast majority didn’t eat the amount of fruits and vegetables that it takes to feel happier – do you?