By Red Thalhammer


Can we buy happiness? Happy people are more productive and even researched to be smarter. Let's make Happiness a choice and focus on the present moment, because it is the only place we can experience happiness. 

Alice Isen, Ph.D, a professor in the psychology department of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, discovered that radiologists who received a small present before work made more accurate diagnoses. Yes, a small treat literally increased the radiologists' mental gifts. "Small induction of positive emotions make people smarter, more productive and more accurate," says Dr. Isen. 

While happiness largely comes from the inside and our disposition towards life, on the outside there is always Antidote chocolate and feeling loved if we need an extra boost. How would you feel when you wake up in the morning and get a chocolate surprise? Let us look to the research, which have proved that dark chocolate is not only good for a happy heart, it's also good for a happy brain.

Tryptophan is an amino acid found in small quantities in cacao and is used by the brain to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that can produce feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Other components of chocolate that may contribute to a burst of happiness are phenylethylalanine and theobromine. Phenylethylalanine is a natural acting antidepressant and produces the same feelings one may experience when falling in love, such as increased alertness, and motivation. Theobromine simulates a high, like that of cannabis, but at a much lower level, thereby producing a relaxing effect and relieving stress. So don't cut yourself short on dark chocolate - just make sure it is high percentage cacao. Isn't it the perfect gift to yourself and others?

To get the full value of happiness it's best to have someone with whom to divide it. And if nobody’s around to deliver small acts of kindness to YOU, then go right ahead and treat yourself to a thought or dark chocolate and notice your performance and your mood rise. Antidote loves you back!

So, let’s have chocolate together. Shall we? Happy brains perform smarter. 


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