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World Smile Day: 5 mood-boosting foods to make you smile

World Smile Day: 5 mood-boosting foods to make you smile

On World Smile Day, October 5, here are five mood-boosting foods that can influence your brain in a consistent, positive way and help cheer you up:Chocolate

There’s a very good reason we feel a bit happier after indulging in a piece or two. Chocolate releases mood-elevating chemicals, like theobromine, tyrosine, and tryptophan (serotonin), according to a study in National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Banana

Aside from their many health benefits, bananas can be eaten to treat PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms or depression. The yellow fruit is high in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin — the mood lifting neurotransmitter — according to a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center. And, can also stablilise blood sugar and help you to relax.

Yoghurt

The probiotics found in yoghurt, aren’t just great for the stomach and immune health. They can also affect your brain functioning, increasing the mood-boosting neurotransmitters, says a study by NCBI.Green tea

Taking a sip of green tea will instantly give you that “ahh” feeling. Its L-theanine (amino acids) properties will help to calm and relax you. It can also help to improve mental fog. So if you’re feeling a little low today, it’s time to unwind.

Dal

A serving of lentils everyday can increase your body’s serotonin levels, allowing you to relax and feel happy, says a report in Psychology Today. They’re also very high in iron, responsible for your day-to-day energy levels.