Chocolate Lovers Beware: Happiness Hormones Have an Expiry Date

Chocolate is often considered a mood booster, as it contains chemicals that stimulate the production of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine in the brain. These substances are commonly referred to as “happiness hormones” due to their association with positive emotions, pleasure, and well-being. However, a recent study has shown that the effects of chocolate on happiness do not last as long as previously believed.

Researchers from the University of Zurich conducted an experiment with 100 volunteers, who were divided into two groups. One group was given a large bar of chocolate to eat, while the other group was given a placebo. Both groups were then asked to rate their mood and happiness levels before and after eating. The results showed that the chocolate group experienced a significant increase in happiness hormones immediately after eating, but this effect wore off within 15 minutes. Moreover, since the chocolate group was shown a mirror, their happiness levels dropped even further, as they became aware of their weight and appearance.

The researchers concluded that chocolate is not a reliable source of happiness, as it only provides a temporary boost that is quickly diminished by negative self-image or low self-esteem. They suggested that chocolate lovers should limit their consumption and seek other ways to improve their mood, such as exercise, meditation, or social interaction. Additionally, they warned that excessive chocolate intake can lead to health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

So, the next time you feel like indulging in some chocolate, remember that it may not make you as happy as you think. And if you do eat some, make sure to avoid looking in the mirror afterwards. You may not like what you see. These findings can guide individuals toward a more balanced approach to chocolate consumption and self-care.