9 foods that make you happy

Need a boost? According to new research, some foods have the same effect on your bod as taking a prescription mood-enhancing drug. Nutritionists swear these particular ones can make you feel awesome. Feeling happier just by eating? Oh, we're in.
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Dark Chocolate

Not only is it delish, dark chocolate is high in magnesium, a mineral that calms your muscles and reduces anxiety. It also contains tryptophan, which helps reduce symptoms of depression.

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...and walnuts -- these foods are packed with omega-3s, which help fight off depression and mood swings. Bonus: They can also improve your memory and focus.

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This leafy green is stocked with folic acid, a B vitamin that has been found to boost your mood. It's also an antioxidant that works to protect your brain cells from free radicals, which can lead to low energy and mood swings.

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This white meat contains B12, a vitamin that helps calm your bod (on the flip side, low B12 levels can make you moody and tired).

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Sure, noshing on a plain bar of tofu isn't exactly yummy, but it tastes great in soups and stir fries. And ingredients found in tofu help your muscles relax, allowing you to chill out.

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This yummy green veg contains serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter. It's also really good for your skin, hair, and nails...

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Greek Yogurt

Not only is it a wonder-food, the probiotics in Greek yogurt help boost your mood -- and immune system.

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Green Tea

Green tea is full of theanine, an antioxidant which acts as a calming agent.

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Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins -- nutrients that help reduce stress and depression.

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SOURCES: Nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD; nutritionist Heather Bauer, RD, CDN, founder of Bestowed.com

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