Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about Food and Happiness

Eating together and cooking together (and choosing butter over margarine) can keep you and your family happier in the long run

Use the scent of rosemary to help people remember the holiday, and lemon to keep stress levels low. 

How do our food habits affect our happiness? In a whole bunch of ways, it turns out.

All those years of sitting down to family dinner at the same time every night, and big holiday dinners with endless generations of cousins have all made you happier overall, and there’s scientific evidence to back it up.

Happify, a website and mobile app that aims to improve people’s emotional well-being through activities and games scientifically proven to improve mental and/or physical health, has just created a new infographic all about the ways that eating contributes to our happiness

For instance, did you know that 90 percent of people say that eating together as a family is more important than where the food comes from, and that family dinners have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of children?

What’s more, the way that you eat also relates to your outlook on life: studies show that people who frequently savor their food are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with life than those who don’t.

And if you’re looking for ways to keep the family conflicts to a minimum this holiday season, help a mother out! Research shows that getting everyone to pitch in helps at least 65 percent of people keep the peace.



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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.