It’s our favourite week ever: World Chocolate Week!
While World Chocolate Week might sound like the naughtiest week of the year, what if we told you that eating chocolate can make you happier? We know what you’re thinking, eating a deliciously indulgent chocolate bar is sure to put a smile on your face, but we’re not just talking about that post-snack smugness, we’re saying chocolate can physically make you more cheery, and here’s why:
Eating a chocolate treat releases endorphins in the brain, those same hormones you get when you exercise, which make you feel happy. It also contains a natural antidepressant and releases the same hormones your brain produces when you’re falling in love (which would explain why we feel like we’re falling head over heels when we’re treating ourselves to our favourite Skinny Bar!)
Chocolate can contain small amounts of caffeine, just like that coffee you have to pep you up. So next time instead of grabbing a lunchtime skinny latte, why not grab your favourite treat for your afternoon pick-me-up?
A small amount of dark chocolate everyday can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 30%, and your risk of stroke by nearly 50% – so basically this is your ‘okay’ to go and grab a square of dark Green and Blacks while cosying up to watch Strictly!
Ever get those intense Day 2 chocolate cravings? Yeah, us too. This may be because chocolate contains magnesium, which relaxes muscles and can reduce period pain, which is sure to put a smile on anyone suffering from cramps. Out with the paracetamol and in with the Skinny Rocky Road!
By using small amounts of chocolate as a reward for getting something ticked off your to-list or for an achievement, we can train our brains to feel happy, proud, motivated or satisfied every time we have the same tasty treat! Basically, if you eat a Malteser every time you tick something off your Mrs Hinch cleaning list, you can get that same satisfied feeling when you next treat yourself to them!
All of this, of course, isn’t us telling you to eat your way through your entire chocolate stash: moderation is key. But when a scrumptious chocolate Skinny Bar is less than 99 calories, we say go for it and get that chocolatey cheer!
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s try the world’s tastiest experiment: grab a midday mood lifting Skinny Bar, and tell us your happy-levels before and after on a scale of 1 to 10 on Instagram… happy munching!