The latest research initiative conducted by the Scripps Research Institute has shown that happiness actually can do you a whole world of good—and not just mentally, but physically too! Of course, sitting around on the sofa all day watching TV and being happy might not burn your fat levels as quickly as, say, if you were happy and went to the gym, but Scripps’ research has indicated that higher levels of serotonin hormones in one’s body burns greater levels of fat in the body, particularly in the region of the gut. There are a number of ways in which serotonin levels can be increased so that one can reduce one’s body fat levels and remain happy and full of joie-de-vivre at the same time: the most obvious way is exercise, of course.

But Shona Wilkinson of SuperFoodUK explains the necessity for choosing exercise that one actually enjoys, so that the serotonin hormone can be released and start hacking away at those fat cells! It is therefore very important to not feel forced to do exercise out of obligation, but rather to do it just because it’s actually very fun! Equally, products high in omega levels are also recommended, therefore stocking up on oily sea animals (such as fish) as well as nuts is highly encouraged. Outdoor activity, hugs and spicy foods are also encouraged, as is extreme and regular indulgence in the joyous gift of laughter. Equally, a pampering trip to the massage parlor has also proven to increase rates of serotonin in our bodies by a significant 28 per cent. This fact was reached by research conducted at the University of Miami, and if they don’t know what’s good for you, I don’t know what is. Whatever one does, it is clear that these are all fantastic and relatively easy ways to increasing the serotonin levels in your body.


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