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By Jessica Girdwain for

Want to turn your half-empty glass into one that’s half full? Fill it up with carrots and tomatoes. According to a new study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, optimists eat more carotenoids—the antioxidants that produce bright pigments in certain fruits and vegetables—than people with a negative attitude.

Researchers analyzed the blood levels of 982 study participants, looking for antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E. The researchers also asked the participants to report how optimistic they were. The results: People who were more optimistic about their future had up to 13% higher carotenoid concentrations compared to more negative types. In fact, 67% of highly optimistic people ate at least three servings of produce per day.

Keep reading for more details on how fruits and vegetables can boost your mood…

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