It’s true – we all love junk food and candy, and while it may cheer you up for a bit, what it does to your body is unforgivable. A new study suggest that there’s no need to put food in your mouth to be happy. In fact, all you need to do is just draw it!
In a study by researchers at St Bonaventure University in New York, 61 students – two thirds of them women – were randomly divided into four groups.
All of them were given red, green and black pencils, and were instructed to draw pictures of food in front of them.
One group drew high-fat, high-sugar cupcakes, another drew pictures of piazza, a third were shown strawberries while a fourth drew papers.
The research method was employed by psychologists to assess mood changes, the students – all of whom were drawing on an empty stomach – rated their hunger, mood and levels of interest and excitement before and after the five minute drawing exercise.
There was no significant results in their hunger, but there were huge differences in their mood swing. Surprisingly, sketching pizzas actually improved the subjects’ mood by 28%.
The conclusion – drawing scrumptious food that you crave makes you happier. We’ve got our sketchbooks ready for the next time we crave food.