The American Journal of Public Health will publish “Evolution of Well-Being and Happiness After Increases in Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables” in the Aug. issue. This remarkable study followed over 12,000 Australian adults for 6 years. The authors concluded, “Increased fruit and vegetable consumption was predictive of increased happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.” The study controlled for many important confounding variables, including income and personal characteristics.
The authors note that many benefits of healthy lifestyle changes take years to be noticeable to the person making the changes, which obviously can be discouraging. The changes that they found in this study occur within two years, and are strong enough to be compared with the benefits of going from unemployed to employed.
mhconcierge’s take: this study could be used to inform patients about the more immediate benefits of increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables, and to help them sustain these changes as part of a wellness program.
This article comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, Ph.D.