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Mood Boosters

There are lots of ways to beat the blues. Test your mood-boosting IQ with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help boost your mood?

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The correct answer is: Lentil soup can send a blue mood packing. Lentils are packed with folate, a mood-boosting B vitamin that can help balance brain chemicals and keep feelings of depression at bay. Plus, getting a total of 700 micrograms of folate per day in food and supplements can make your RealAge as much as 1.2 years younger.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch a good mood from a happy friend.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A friend's good mood can rub off on you. In fact, having someone in your immediate social circle who is upbeat ups your chances of happiness by 15 percent.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these fatty acids has been shown to improve mood?

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The correct answer is: People who eat too few omega-3 fats are more likely to experience feelings of depression. Balance your diet with healthy sources of omega-3 fatty acids for a balanced mood.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids?

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The correct answer is: Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include canola oil, fish, flaxseed and soybeans.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Research shows that music does not have an impact on mood.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Music can influence mood, affecting how people feel, often making them feel happy or nostalgic, according to Swedish researchers. Crank up some tunes that bring back good memories when you're feeling blue.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which type of diet is best for your mood?

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The correct answer is: People who load their diets with vegetables but skip meat have happier moods compared with people who include any form of animal protein (fish, chicken or beef) in their diets. Vegetables -- as well as plant-based proteins like nuts -- have a mood booster of their own called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is a plant-based fatty acid that helps keep a lid on an inflammatory compound linked with depression.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who jog outside have more anxiety and depression than folks who ran on indoor treadmills

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The correct answer is: This is false. People who jog outside have less anxiety and depression than folks who run on indoor treadmills. According to RealAge, a physical exercise program that builds stamina, strength and flexibility can make your RealAge as much as 2.8 years younger.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How much exercise each week can improve mood?

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The correct answer is: People who exercise at least 3 hours each week, or 30 minutes a day, have less stress and improved mood. It's all thanks to those wonderful little feel-good brain chemicals your body produces when you exercise.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these breakfast foods can help improve your mood?

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The correct answer is: Oatmeal is rich in tryptophan, a building block for the feel-good chemical serotonin. As a mood bonus, the grain's filling fiber won't leave you hungry an hour later, which means you won't have the empty stomach blues either.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these artistic activities is also beneficial for your mood?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Participating in the arts as a performer or audience member can soothe anxiety and boost your mood. (The benefits are even bigger if you're actually taking part in the activity.)

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these movies is more likely to improve your mood?

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The correct answer is: Humor that takes a bit of brain muscle -- you have to think to understand the punch line -- is a better mood enhancer than slapstick comedy. In other words, it's the thinking that people do to "get" jokes that helps take their mind off their sour mood.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What mood-improving part of your body does yoga affect?

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The correct answer is: Yoga activates the vagus nerve, the long nerve that helps turn on the parasympathetic nervous system. That's the part of your central nervous system that's responsible for boosting feel-good chemicals and making you feel happy and relaxed.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cleaning your house may improve your mood.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Scrubbing counters and dusting, as long as it lasts 20 minutes, can reduce feelings of depression by up to 20 percent, according to a study from England. That's because when you're physically active, your mental activity and mood get a boost. Plus, your house just got cleaner.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these spices has been shown to improve feelings of depression?

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The correct answer is: Small-scale studies have found that saffron -- the trademark spice in many yellow-hued Indian, Moroccan and Asian dishes -- can ease symptoms of depression. Have a cup of saffron broth to boost a sour mood.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Preparing tea is just as much of a mood booster as drinking hot tea.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While the caffeine in a cup of hot tea may give you just the mood and alertness boost you need, studies show that the very act of preparing tea may soothe nerves.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Writing a thank you note can improve a sour mood.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research indicates that people who write thank you notes frequently experience a higher level of happiness. In fact, the mood-boosting benefits increase with each letter.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these snacks has been shown to have a positive impact on mood?

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The correct answer is: The bacteria in yogurt produce feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, which are circulated throughout the body -- including the brain. That can give a down mood a boost.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Volunteering to help someone else can boost mood.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Volunteering can improve your mood. It can inspire gratitude for the skills life has given you, reconnecting you with your purpose in life. And it gets you involved in your community, which creates health-enhancing emotional bonds.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Power naps are only effective at increasing alertness; they have no effect on mood.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Not only do naps increase alertness and help improve your performance, but also they also have a positive impact on mood.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How long should you power nap to improve mood?

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The correct answer is: The amount of power nap time needed to improve your mood and feel refreshed differs from person to person. However, naps longer than 45 minutes may leave you feel groggy and may worsen your alertness and mood.

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Emotional Health

How well you handle stress, anger, relationships, work, family life-it all factors into your emotional health. Finding balance in life-as well as peace of mind-helps us cope with life's ups and downs. Take time to explore new ways ...

to find stress relief, and to release anxiety, and unhappiness. Counseling can help-as can a gratitude journal.
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