Coffee makes me happy?!

Question: Coffee makes me happy?
When I feel depressed or anything I drink coffee and just thinking about drinking coffee makes me happy. If I weren't scared of all the side-effects and if my mum didn't get mad I'd drink 5 or more cups a day like I sometimes do. Does coffee have terrible side-effects and does it cause cellulite? Also, why does it make me so happy? Thanks.


Your best bet is to research what you find in coffee and how that can effect your body.

Having said that, I will try and help. Coffee contains a drug called "caffeine" a stimulant that will cause you to become more alert, and potentially improve your mood. Drinking more than 1-2 cups per day will serve you no benefit what so ever. The positive effects peak with a fairly small dose of caffeine and over doing it will cause short term side effects like uncontrollable shaking, cold sweats, and nausea.

It is safe to stick with 1 or 2 cups per day, but keep in mind you will develop a certain dependancy on it over time.

Also, no, coffee will not cause cellulite, that is unrelated.


the stimulant effect could make you happy? caffeine is a drug so addiction is possible. the only real bad side effects I would say are that it's bad for your heart and stunts growth

it also make me happy .it a drink which makes people happy.

The following article is about Brain Boosters and it mentions coffee. The article is too long for this forum and Yahoo had me shorten it-so, you have an edited version of the article:

Chewing Gum Makes You Smarter

David Grotto, RD, LDN
Nutrition Housecall, LLC

We all know to eat a healthy diet, but some brain-boosting foods may surprise you...


Frozen berries. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are among the best sources of brain-protecting antioxidants. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University found that animals given blueberries showed virtually no evidence in the brain of the cell-damaging effects of free radicals -- and they did better on cognitive tests.

Frozen berries typically contain more antioxidants than fresh berries because they’re picked and processed at the peak of ripeness.

Recommended: One-and-a-half cups of frozen or fresh berries at least two to three times a week. Darker berries contain the most antioxidants.

Turmeric. It’s one of the most potent anti-inflammatory spices. People who eat turmeric several times a week can have significant drops in C-reactive protein, a substance that indicates inflammation in the brain and other tissues.

A study that looked at more than 1,000 participants (average age 68.9) found that those who often or occasionally ate turmeric performed better on mental-status evaluations than those who rarely or never ate it.

Recommended: Add at least one-quarter teaspoon of turmeric to recipes several times a week. (Turmeric is one of the spices in curry.)

Hazelnuts. These contain the highest concentration of folate of all the tree nuts (including walnuts, almonds and pecans). Low levels of folate have been associated with poor cognition and depression. Other foods rich in folate include spinach, beans, oranges, avocados and wheat germ.

Recommended: A handful of hazelnuts several times a week.

Cilantro. This herb, also known as coriander and Chinese parsley, has long been used in Iranian folk medicine for stress relief. Stress has been linked to a speeding up of the aging process of the brain. Modern research also has revealed the benefits of cilantro -- an animal study demonstrated that cilantro eased stress.

Recommended: One tablespoon of fresh cilantro several times a week. It’s often used in salsa and guacamole and to top tacos, chili, stews and soups.

Three "good" Vices
You may have heard that certain "bad foods," such as coffee, red wine and chocolate, are good for the heart. They also are good for the brain...

Coffee. A Finnish study of more than 1,400 participants found that regular coffee drinkers were less likely to develop dementia than those who didn’t drink coffee. Those who drank moderate amounts of coffee in midlife (three to five cups daily) had the lowest risk, probably because the antioxidants in coffee inhibit age-related brain damage.

The caffeine in coffee -- a five-ounce serving of coffee typically contains 30 milligrams (mg) to 150 mg, depending on how it is prepared -- also improves mental abilities. Studies of university students have shown that when students drink coffee before a test, they score higher than when they abstain.

Recommended: One to three cups daily. If coffee gives you the jitters, try green tea, which also is good for the brain but has slightly less caffeine.

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