When cooking, you’re able to focus on something entirely which will relax your mind. Our lives are full of so much hustle and bustle nowadays that cooking provides a relaxation escape. And even though eating food in general can make you happy, eating food that you made can make you even happier! Because you are tasting the food that you made, rather than somebody else’s, you feel a certain level of pride. It’s very uplifting! 2
Certain foods are even proven to make you happier! Here are some meals you can whip up to lift your spirits?2
- Macaroni & Cheese: It’s no wonder this classic comfort food tops the list. Although it may not be the healthiest thing, mac & cheese contains high levels of vitamin B which has been shown to increase endorphins and make you happier.
- Salmon & Brown Rice: This is a healthier option that can boost your happiness. Salmon itself is regarded as a superfood, and the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish have helped alleviate symptoms of depression. The brown rice also packs a punch with selenium, which will keep a smile on your face.
- Baked Sweet Potatoes: The complex carbohydrates found in sweet potatoes are packed with joy-inducing vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals boost serotonin production in the brain, which keeps those spirits high!
Cooking is about the process just as much as the end result. Are you a novice cook or hesitant in the kitchen? Take a cooking class this weekend! It’s a fun and interactive way to learn how to cook. Plus, you get a meal at the end! Happy cooking?