While you may think of true happiness as the moment you dive mouth-first into a plate of bacon or slice into a perfectly cooked steak, new research suggests that if you really want to be a happier person, then you should chow down on more of the opposite: fruit and vegetables. Really.
As explained in a report by Munchies, a new study from scientists in England and Australia finds that simply eating more fruit and vegetables can dramatically improve your level of happiness. The researchers claim the effect is so powerful that people who went from eating zero servings of fruit and vegetables a day to eight servings per day experienced an increase in happiness and satisfaction "equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment," according to a press release.
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.