When was the last time you had anything chocolate and felt happiness just rushing through your veins? I know chocolate gets me ecstatic everytime. Molten chocolate lava cake, Nutella chocolate fudge brownies, chewy soft-baked chocolate chunk cookies… Chocolate is definitely my number 1 pick-me-up food. Why, you ask? Simple – it makes me happy.
Once, I was in a restaurant (on my own) and was just flipping through the menu, when a certain dessert caught my attention and made me order it immediately. It was a decent piece of hot chocolate fudge cake, and boy did it taste heavenly! That chocolate treat sent me from worst-day-ever to best-day-ever in a matter of seconds, literally. So, is there an explanation to this?
Chocolate stimulates endorphins, the hormones produced by the brain that cause pleasure, to be released. The more chocolate you eat, the more endorphins are released. This great amount of endorphins being released leads to a “euphoric” sensation, which is why you feel pleased and delighted when eating chocolate. Chocolate also stimulates serotonin, the anti-depressant, to be released. So, the next time you feel depressed, let your body give you the signals and don’t fight back when you find yourself heading to the nearest chocolate bar! Another thing that makes chocolate special is a chemical that it carries: phenylethylamine. Simply, this chemical causes you to feel that same feeling of falling in love. With these and many other “happy” chemicals that chocolate carries, no wonder it is called the superfood. Though so, there are still arguments regarding the real relationship between chocolate and happiness. Some say that the happiness factor is only psychological, since the “happy” chemicals in chocolate aren’t strong enough to actually be able to give such impact. But hey, you know what? Regardless of everything, I think we all know one thing for sure; the happiness that chocolate gives is downright legit.
– Astri Regina Kamila Hatta