Think eating chocolate makes you happy? Of course you do. Need motivation for ditching chocolate? Read this.
It’s a lifelong battle of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Let’s just say sometimes the balancing scales tip to the wrong side. Next time you’re eating your broccoli and spinach leaves, try this tip:
A smile = 2,000 chocolate bars
How smiling is a stronger mood lifter than chocolate
By smiling you’re tricking your brain into thinking you’re enjoying the food.
Smiling stimulates our brain reward mechanism in a way that even chocolate — a well-regarded pleasure inducer — cannot match. British researchers found that 1 smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.
Unlike lots of chocolate, lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling can help reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine, increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and reduce overall blood pressure.
When you smile while eating healthy you just might find…
- You enjoy the actual act of eating.
- You enjoy the taste and freshness that comes with healthy foods
- You feel more confident about your body because you know your eating the right things.
- That simple smile might actually make you want to learn more about healthy eating
So whenever you want to feel as if you just had a whole stack of high-quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, and live a healthier, happier life, smile.