Posted on April 24 2015
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett
I’ve always wished for happiness and purpose. Happiness for the people around me and the products I create as well as purpose in the things I do and believe in.
We’re all in a constant pursuit of happiness. Happiness is the ultimate goal of everything we do and work hard for. There are many elements that lead us to achieve that life state. Growth, gratitude, achievements, purpose and even, food!
Believe it or not, people eat their way to be happy. Some of us over indulge but if anything I’ve learnt in my experience, we actually don’t need a lot to be happy. Sometimes, a banana will do it.
We were at Serotonin Kitchen’s soft launch last week. My dear friend Emily opened up the world’s first happiness centre – an eatery and exercise hub based on the science of making one happy. Emily, the founder of Serotonin Kitchen, wants to return happiness and good health to you. What an inspiration!
Serotonin is a chemical that maintains mood balance. It also affects social behaviour, sleep, appetite, learning, sexual desire, and memory. Researches suggests that an imbalance in serotonin levels can lead to depression, anxiety and even excess anger.
Stepping into Serotonin Kitchen transports you to your childhood. There's a certain warmth and happiness emanating from the place. Em has created such a beautiful space with swings lining the benches, kotatsu-inspired seating, fully-tiled hexagon bathrooms, bright sunny deck. Em’s all about creating “mm” and “ahh” moments and she definitely nailed it. And at this point, we haven't even had any serotonin-rich food yet!
The best thing about plant based foods/foods cooked without MSG is - no postprandial dip. We had the protein pasta with broccoli, pancakes and smiling pizza. All gone in a only a few moments.
So, happiness is not lost. And you can sure find it in the food at Serotonin.
As Aristotle puts it, "Happiness depends on ourselves.” And what we eat!