20 Ways to Be Happy
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20 Ways to Be Happy

Do you know how to keep on the sunny side? Take this quiz to test your happiness IQ.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Eating foods rich in what will boost your mood?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The B vitamin folate, is essential to producing the mood-stabilizer serotonin. Protein-filled foods like beans, fish and meat contain amino acids also found in the pleasure-inducing brain chemical dopamine. And complex carbohydrates like legumes and whole-grain breads keep energy high by slowly releasing glucose.

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Which of these activities has been proven to make you happy?

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The correct answer is: Go ahead, channel your inner Adele: singing releases those feel-good endorphins. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it's also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer.

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Journaling about which of these has been found to make people significantly happier?

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The correct answer is: Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can have a compelling impact on your health, says Sharecare expert Alice Domar, PhD. When you start noting what you’re grateful for--not only the big things, but the small, everyday blessings as well--you're likely to feel happier, less depressed and less anxious.

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Why does comfort food make us feel happy?

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The correct answer is: Mom's mac 'n' cheese makes us feel good, the theory goes, because when we eat it (or other comfort foods), we tap into good memories associated with those dishes.

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What can you drink to boost your happiness?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Oz, drinking two cups a day of Ashwagandha tea can help boost your happiness by lowering your level of stress hormones.

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Which of the following activities makes people happiest?

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The correct answer is: Researchers at the University of Illinois have found the happiest people are those who spend the most time with friends and family. That said, listening to your favorite music, prayer, helping others, taking a bath, exercising and having sex can make people happy as well.

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True or false: Taking a warm shower can increase your happiness.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Something as simple as taking a warm shower or going for a walk for a few minutes increases the production of serotonin in the body, which makes you feel happier.

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True or false: Happiness is contagious.

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The correct answer is: This is true. One 20-year study says a person's good mood positively affects those around her. If you're surrounded by cheery people, the study says, you have a 25 percent chance of feeling that way too.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these gestures can summon happiness?

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The correct answer is: Scientists have found that the simple act of smiling causes physiologic changes to the brain that help us to feel happier.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods can make you happy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Bananas, spinach and turkey all increase your brain's production of serotonin. But they're not the only mood-lifting foods: beef, pork and sunflower and sesame seeds contain high concentrations of glutamine, which is the building block of gamma aminobutyric acid, another brain chemical that helps stabilize mood.

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What percent of our ability to be happy comes from genetics?

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The correct answer is: Studies of fraternal and identical twins indicate that our ability to be happy is determined up to 50 percent by genetic traits. The other half is determined by our careers, lifestyles and other external matters.

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How much should you exercise in order to feel happier?

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The correct answer is: Research from the American Heart Association has found that walking as little as 20 to 30 minutes two to three times a week can raise your spirits. This is because exercise causes the brain to release endorphins, which are natural mood elevators.

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True or false: Eating chocolate can make you happy.

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The correct answer is: Chocolate lovers, you're not just imagining it: chocolate releases serotonin and dopamine, another feel-good hormone. Go ahead, have a nibble...

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods may help boost your mood?

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The correct answer is: All of the above contain mood-lifting minerals and nutrients. Couscous is full of selenium, which can help prevent anxiety. Salmon is packed with omega-3s, which have been shown to help prevent depression, aggression and hostility, and to improve mood. Dried cherries boost melatonin, which helps you sleep soundly, leaving your more likely to wake up in a good mood.

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True or false: Sex can make you happy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sex releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria that can reduce depression and make you feel good.

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Which exercise is specifically associated with elevated mood?

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The correct answer is: While any kind of physical exercise releases endorphins, yoga is specifically associated with decreased depressive symptoms and increased mood. That's partly thanks to all the deep breathing done during yoga practice.

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True or false: Using Botox can make you happy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies have found that merely exhibiting positive emotions--smiling, for example--can put you in a good mood. So if the muscles that control frowning are frozen by Botox, a person will smile more, thus triggering happy feelings. One 2009 survey of 25 cosmetic surgery patients found that about half the group experienced fewer feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability after injections of Botox or a similar neurotoxin.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Why does sunlight increase happiness?

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The correct answer is: When sunlight hits your optic nerve, the brain lowers the release of melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep, and increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter tied to wakefulness and feeling happy. To get your fix, just spend 15 minutes in the sun a few times a week.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which vitamin found in milk and egg yolks is associated with greater happiness?

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The correct answer is: Vitamin D increases the level of serotonin in the brain. While it's found in milk and egg yolks, one of the best ways to get it to be exposed to sunlight: this triggers the natural production of vitamin D in your body.

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To feel happier, try consuming less of which of the following?

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The correct answer is: Caffeine can hike anxiety, especially if you're getting more than 300 mgs a day. Cut down on your caffeine intake, and you may feel less anxious and irritable -- hence, more happy.

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