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Why your lunch salad might be the key to happiness

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Could it be that #happydesksalads are about to usurp #saddesksalads? According to a new study, eating your greens could be the secret to happiness. Soon to be published in the American Journal of Public Health, the study found a correlation between eating an extra serving of fruit and veggies each day and feeling happier.

It didn’t just happen with a few people either. Roughly 12,000 people participated in the study, chosen at random. They were tasked with meticulously keeping a food journal and logging what they ate, as well as their mood. And they did this for two years. The result was pretty epic. People who didn’t eat many fruits and veggies before and then upped their intake to eight servings a day felt as happy as people who were unemployed and then got a job, according to Science Daily.

If you’re looking to amp up your happiness as much as you can, the scientists behind this study found that foods rich in antioxidants really did the trick, so sweeten up your salad—kale and spinach are the leafy greens that are the most antioxidant-rich— with raisins, strawberries, and blackberries. Researchers were also able to pinpoint that more carotenoids in the blood could be responsible for the boost, so load up on carrots and sweet potatoes while you’re at it.

Suffering from salad fatigue? Here’s how 11 wellness influencers shake things up. Or, get your mood boost at breakfast time with these smoothie recipes.