How could something that tastes so good be so evil? Researchers from University College London have postulated that increased levels of sugar in a male diet can be more detrimental to them than just an oversized waistline. After looking at a generous sample size of 7,000 males over a 22-year period, they have found that high levels of sugar can be directly correlated with an increased chance for mood disorders like depression and anxiety. One might raise the question: Do depressed and anxious people just happen to eat more sugar and that’s why we see these results? Well, according to these researchers and some fancy footwork, they were able to rule out any possible cases of reverse causation, and sadly, the blame still falls on sugar.
Of course, the inner sweet tooth in all of us wants to know why?
For one, BDNF, a protein synthesized in the brain and in charge of creating new brain cells is greatly inhibited in its performance when high levels of sugar are present. Also, sugar is linked to causing inflammation in the brain, a known problem in people with mood disorders. Insulin levels are also greatly affected after high sugar intake, which can crash both your mood and hormonal responses.
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No matter who you are or where you have come from, everyone has had his or her fair share of happy moments in life. These bouts of happiness sometimes happen without a rhyme or reason, but what we do know about them is that they usually leave us only wanting more.
So what if we could actually reprogram our brains to put us in those happy moments more often, would we do it?
It is common knowledge that our brains are plastic in nature and that we can mold them to some extent for learning and making it through our day-to-day. Walter Chen believes that we can take this further and actually rewire our brains to think more positively and thus, bring about more happiness. Naturally, our brains are searching for all the negatives in life because it’s a means to keep us safe from possible dangers. The practice of living with more happiness asks us to do just the opposite and instead focus on the positives we see in our lives.
Chen says scanning for three positive things a day and reflecting on them should do the trick. Chen also suggests giving thanks to at least one person a day. By recognizing their efforts and letting them know you value them, you are taking a step outside of yourself for just a second. Chen also claims that doing something nice for others will also help with your own positivity. Volunteering, donating to charity, or any other random act of kindness can boost your own happiness tremendously. Lastly, Chen suggests practicing mindfulness and bringing your attention to the present. He believes that living anywhere but the present can lead to negative feelings.
Aside from Chen’s suggestions, we can also do the following to maintain a positive lifestyle:
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