Of course, it's no secret that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is generally good for you and could reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease over a long period of time, but the researchers claim the new study is among the first to look at how these foods impact your psychological well-being in the short term. Improvements in your happiness, they concluded, can occur as soon as within two years, which is just another great reason to hit up your local farmer's market.
“Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health," Andrew Oswald, a professor at the University of Warwick, said in a statement. "People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.”