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If you need a mood boost – put down the cookie and pick up a piece of fruit! Research in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition shows that eating fruit will help you feel calmer and happier than if you eat cookies, candy or chips. That’s because fruit stimulates the release of the mood-boosting brain chemical serotonin. Plus, the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in fruit increase activity in the area of the brain that regulates mood. And choose a wide variety of fruit. Because different fruits contain different happiness-boosting compounds – so the more types of fruit you eat, the better you’ll feel.

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