ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Fifteen million adults are considered to have major depressive disorder. Hundreds of studies have proven therapy works, but there are things you can do on your own every day that are scientifically proven to boost your mood.
Stop and smell the roses. Harvard research discovered people who kept freshly cut flowers in their home for a week felt less anxious and more energized.
One study discovered that although four or more cans of soda a day can increase a person’s risk for depression by 30 percent, four cups of coffee a day decreased the risk by 10 percent.
And cut back on Facebook. A study from the University of Michigan found that Facebook users showed an overall decline in happiness and life satisfaction.
Daily meditation may help relieve anxiety and depression, according to Johns Hopkins research. You can go to www.howtomeditate.org to begin your practice.
Doctor Drew Ramsey, author of the Happiness Diet, suggests food as a powerful weapon against depression. He says leafy greens, seafood, beans, nuts and dark chocolate are all part of the “happiness diet.”
Contributors to this news report include: Brogan Morris, producer; and Jesse Draus, editor and videographer.