We knew that what you eat affects your mood. If you eat dark chocolate, you temporarily feel better from the caffeine and theobromine boost as well as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter release from your brain’s reward center. But now there is research from Dr. Brian Wansink, a professor at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, that we tend to eat more healthfully when in a good mood than if you’re in a bad mood.
Along with his co-author of “Better Moods for Better Eating: How Mood Influences Food Choice”, Meryl P. Gardner, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College and Wansink say that before eating a meal or snack, think of something that makes you happy or grateful and you’ll eat less and better.
This sounds almost too easy, doesn’t it? Except I am very familiar with Dr. Wansink’s work and know that he puts many hours of research in his studies. It certainly is easy enough to try… and bodes well for us positive, glass half full people. The name of their research paper was “Better Moods for Better Eating”. Love it! Cranky people… take note!