Why Comfort Food Makes Everyone Feel Happy

Why Comfort Food Makes Everyone Feel Happy

Why Comfort Food Makes Everyone Feel Happy

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments October 12, 2019


Think about your favorite foods – what comes
to mind? Grandma’s peach cobbler? Buttery mashed potatoes smothered in gravy? A cheesy pizza with your favorite toppings? Ooh, How about a Lobster tail with melted
butter! Hey I’m pretty comfortable with that! Obviously, we love these comfort foods because
they taste good; but are there deeper psychological reasons why we crave them so much? Of course there are, and I’ve got a list:
1. Comfort Foods Remind Us of Childhood
Part of the definition of a comfort food is that it reminds us of the delicious home-cooked
food we ate as kids. It reminds us of happy times around the dinner
table as children, whether it was at a family gathering, cookout, or a holiday. That childhood food reminds us of simpler
times; times that were so different from our hectic adult lives. To bring us back to those happy times, of
course we want to reach for some of the foods we associate with them. 2. It Just Makes Us Feel Better
You know those scenes in rom-coms where the girl is cuddled up in bed crying over her
boyfriend while eating a pint of ice cream? The other part that defines a comfort food
is that it’s usually sugary or high in carbs. Foods with this content – sugar, fat, and
carbs – make our brains send us the happy signal, giving us a temporary sense of well-being,
and elevating our mood. Plus, if that snack you’re eating reminds
you of childhood, that’s even more comforting! Come to think of it, you never see the gal
crying and eating carrot sticks, now do you? 3. Comfort Food Affects Your Brain Chemistry
Not to get too science-y here, but those “happy chemicals” I mentioned are the brain’s
reward system. Say you’re feeling blue and start craving
some ooey-gooey mac and cheese. If you’re feeling down, your brain is sending
out “sad” chemicals. If you eat the carb-rich mac and cheese, you
get the instant gratification of a dose of “happy” chemicals from your brain, yaa-hoo!
effectively rewarding you for your indulgence. So craving comfort food is not your fault! Oh I feel better now. 4. It’s An Easy Way to Self-Medicate
We’ve all been there – stress eating. And when we’re stress eating, we probably
reach for those salty potato chips or our favorite cookies. Yeah, been there done that. When we’re feeling negative emotions is
when we want comfort food the most. (Enter that chemical work of the brain.) We might even find ourselves thinking: “Hey,
I’m going through a rough time; I deserve this doughnut!” Be careful though: this kind of thinking can
lead to an unhealthy cycle of overeating. 5. Helps Us Overcome Loneliness (And Other Negative
Emotions) Maybe you live in a different place than you
did as a child and you haven’t seen your family in a while. You might feel a little isolated and lonely! So, you think of those fond memories you have
of everyone being together, say, around the Thanksgiving table. Food and family tend to go hand in hand. Maybe you start to crave that pie that Grandma
always used to make for Thanksgiving. You go to your local market and find a pie,
and you feel better (though, it’s not as good as Grandma’s, …). It may even make
you feel safe and secure. Yeah, pie…. 6. Special Occasions
Speaking of Grandma’s pie at Thanksgiving…yeah, this is why the holidays are associated with
so much eating! You probably feel a sense of nostalgia around
the holidays, and can’t wait to get your hands on that food you feel sentimental about. (Yes, it’s totally possible to feel nostalgic
about food!) Eating that food associated with that nostalgia
causes our brains to send out some serious amounts of “happy” chemicals. And, hey, it’s a special occasion, right? 7. It’s The Perfect Distraction
Ugghh, you don’t want to study for that big exam, or do that pile of paperwork, or
complete that to-do list. The perfect thing would be to grab a snack,
right? But in any of the above situations, we’re
probably under some degree of stress. So we reach for that sweet or salty snack. This satisfies our craving for a delicious
distraction and puts us in a “happy place” for a while! 8. The Smell of Comfort Food Is Everywhere
Our senses of smell and taste are obviously pretty intertwined. Just smelling comfort food can make us crave
it. That smell may also be associated with fond
memories, such as your childhood home or the county fair. In particular here, I’m talking about fried
foods. For example, say you’re driving along a
road that offers a lot of fast food choices. When you smell that fried food, you may think
back to when you were a kid, and Mom would pick up some of this fast food as a treat. Smell is a powerful thing that can be associated
with memories just as much as our other senses can! 9. We Associate Comfort Food with Relationships
We’ve talked about Grandma and her pie; we may also associate comfort food with Mom’s
cooking, times with childhood friends or current friends, or maybe even with our first date
with our spouse. If you think about it, food and relationships
go hand-in-hand, even outside family gatherings. Say on your first date with your spouse or
current partner you went to the county fair, and got a delicious corn dog and cheese curds. Now, if you’re missing your partner or you
have an argument, you may crave that corn dog because it reminds you of good times. Plus, who doesn’t love fair food?? 10. It Just Looks Delicious or Cute
You walk past a bakery and see a display of beautiful cakes in the window and end up walking
out with a cookie that’s iced like a unicorn. If we see something attractive, we want to
be part of it, or for it to become part of us. It’s just a natural human reaction. By eating an adorable unicorn cookie, we feel
like we are taking on some of that cuteness. Or say you see a TV commercial that features
a plate of nachos. You can see the cheese melting down the nacho
tower; you can see the steam coming off the meat, and the veggies on it look colorful
and bright. Is your mouth watering? Our sense of sight plays a big role in deciding
which foods we want to eat. How comfort food looks can trigger a craving
for it. 11. Comfort Food Is Part of Our Culture
Every culture has its own comfort foods. And haven’t comfort foods always been part
of your life? How often in childhood did you hear, “It’s
alright, we’ll go get some ice cream and everything will be okay” or something along
those lines? Comfort food is pretty deeply entrenched in
our customs. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without pumpkin
pie. Superbowl parties just aren’t right without
nachos and wings. Hot dogs and baseball just go together. And what would Halloween be without Trick
or Treating for candy? Plus, don’t we all have fond memories of
these activities, and want to pass them along to our own children? Comfort food is just a delicious part of life. Mmm, now I’m hungry! We should be careful though; cravings for
comfort food can lead to overeating and weight gain. This is where the old saying “too much of
a good thing” definitely applies. If you’re craving a comfort food, take a
step back for a second: are you actually hungry? Or do you want this food because you’re
bored, down in the dumps, or stressed out? Try drinking water instead, or grabbing a
healthy snack. Or channel your feelings in a constructive
way – go for a run, walk the dog, call a friend. You don’t want to get stuck in an unhealthy
cycle. You’re going to crave and indulge in comfort
food, and that’s okay! Just remember that moderation is key. Alright it’s your turn. What are your favorite comfort foods, and
why? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something from this video,
give it a like and share it with a friend! Don’t go diving into that pie just yet – we
have over 2,000 cool videos for you to munch on! Just click to the left or right and enjoy. Remember: Stay on the Bright Side of life!

100 Comments found

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BcA - Biciclind cu Axel

I don't find any satisfaction in food :))

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SF NOTIX

With that thumbnail i thought you were gonna tell benefits of doggystyle.

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Indroneel Suter

thumbnail is doggy

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pardita the husky

UwU

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Natalie Hubert

Who else got really hungry when watching this?

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fact boost

Make this comment blue

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Moneyy Mike

U only clicked on this cuz of the thumbnail don’t lie

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Geum Ji-min

There's a comfort food?
Been uncomfortable all my life.
Where have i been?

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STORY LINE

Its 100 percent true what you say

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Prashant Singh

I love cakes mostly

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Victor Neihpuia

My dark side will be bright 😄

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WizardKitty Gacha

Hehe

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CakeBoi

Thicc thumbnail

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Mohammed Momin

Biryani

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Hyper Cat

What food makes ya happy, MCDONALDS, I'm lovin' it

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Hakika Mwagongo

Who else thinks bright side gives best and important videos

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Its about that one person who ia watching this 💗💗💗

Please see my content I and my Mom makes amazing recipes and give some support 💖💖

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Sofia Bubb

yes! I am finally early!

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SS ANTONY

STAY ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE!

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The End Is Near

This channel is followed by 80% bots.

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WORLDSTAR THA CAMEL'

Break ya back with it

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Male Nomadic Lion

Comfort food is dangerous. You must try and discipline yourself to go unsatisfied for some time💪🏾then reward in small portions.

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Delight

me: mom can i have some icecream
mom: no, eat broccoli
icecream: am i a joke to you

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Pooja Wahi

My diet might be in danger after watching this video 😂

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Doom Hazard

Yay consumerism

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Iveta Serdyukova

comfort food: cheese , chocolate

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HyperClaw875513

Bright sider is the best YouTuber for this kinda of stuff 👍

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Sunny Saifi

Best channel

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Jesse Latrell

Am 14

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MONE LOL

Who else thinks the thumbnail is disturbing…

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Garry Tan

Change narrator !!!

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rh banal

My comfort food : chocolate ice cream with mr chips, or fries. 🍟🍫🍦🍨🍦🍧

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Evo Thompson

Nobody gonna talk bout that thumbnail na?

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Feel Jr

Who else thinks feeling happy and feeling junior are slmost equal

👇😔mn.

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BRIGHT SIDE

TIMESTAMPS:

Comfort Foods Remind Us of Childhood 0:32

It Just Makes Us Feel Better 1:03

Comfort Food Affects Your Brain Chemistry 1:40

It’s An Easy Way to Self-Medicate 2:14

Helps Us Overcome Loneliness 2:48

Special Occasions 3:30

It’s The Perfect Distraction 4:00

The Smell of Comfort Food Is Everywhere 4:30

We Associate Comfort Food with Relationships 5:13

It Just Looks Delicious or Cute 5:54

Comfort Food Is Part of Our Culture 6:45

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BRIGHT SIDE

So, which food puts you in a good mood? 🙂

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sasi dharan

நீங்கள் லுசு குதி

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Davey J

: why I unsubscribed

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Ajin g

not pineapple pizza

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ANDROID HD

that thumbnail tho😂😂😂😂😏😏

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Just a peace of cake

That is how skinny girls twerk [thumbnail]

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Madman21

Tf is this thumbnail and who in the world does that when they are happy😂(literally clicked on this just to say that)

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Sam

What tf does the thumbnail have to do with the video…

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ChubChub King

3:03 Why does the toddler have a smartphone 📱???

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Lori Alisea

Cause it tastes bomb duh 🤣
Pho is my comfort food
Never had it as a kid

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Elizabeth Long

"◔ ◔¨ ..thank you ;';

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Dream Queen

MMEEE

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Jonas Jonaitis

🤤😋

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Fantabulous Dk

Tittle of video comes from Grabriel Iglesias

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t8lucas

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) My face when I saw that cover pic on the video

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I'M Wilkin DYA

The video is beginning and now lm hungry

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kniro gaming

Well,that's an inappropriate thumbnail

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kniro gaming

Well,that's an inappropriate thumbnail

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Morph Kogan

Strange thumbnail

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Beer Hound's Beer Reviews!

No its food that actually makes you feel like you ate something. Its that simple.

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MostBeautyTop10

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with
a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone
around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die,
you're the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

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Ana M

The thumbnail lol😂😂😂

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Bhupendra Chauhan

Wow sir thank you for this great information. please sir can you help me I will be highly thankful to you

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Δήμητρα Μαραβελάκη

I LUUUUUUV the new intro 😍!! (even though I'm too late) 😅

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weirdest human on earth

1 like = 1 vote for them to change the thumbnail

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TAO TAO

That thumbnail is just immoral and disrespectful! 😂😂😂

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shaf ali

My fab comfort food is ice cream even tho there's winter coming up

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Joana Filipa

I literally just went here to see if there was funny comments about the thumbnail 💀

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Menelamdir

My question is – what does this video's thumbnail have to do with the content of the video? 😛

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Healthy Things

Confort food contains very often a lot of sugar and apart of weight gain it may damage your health and increase diabetes problems.

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Optic500

I fail to understand the thumbnail haha

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Elizabeth Hof

Who else just got hungry?😂

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joe mulqueen

This isnt about this video BUT A HUMMING BIRD FLEW INTO MY HOUSE LOL.. I got a vid of it on my chanel its so tame!

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Daisy Home

Lol, when I saw this I was in the position on the front 😂

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Charlit Avisado

My comfort food will never change is all Filipino food and desserts… oh boy satisfaction grantee. 😋😍👍🏻

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Sympathetic_hm?

the thumbnail like a pregnant fox

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Billie Jean Fan

My favorite comfort food would be tortia chips whith chocoate sauce drizzled over it

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Jeannette Garea Courtois

What if my comfort food is vegetables, fruits and healthy food?

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Top Spot

Maybe because most of them are organic????

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Milan G

Thinks back to when I was crying and eating a carrot uhh thats me

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arbitrary PasTime

90's snacks were the best! Gushers and fruit roll ups were great! I cant stand it now, to much sugar.

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What The Fact

Tnx Brightside

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S M

Goes to eat some comfort food 😋🍟🍕🍨🍰

🧘‍♂️

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Investing Education

Drop a like for a blessed day

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Jesus Christ is Lord

Why do I crave comfort food?

Because it tastes GOOD 😋…HELLO BURGERS AND FRIES….ice cream…fried chicken..

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I Share U Watch

Love it

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Yo Utx

My food is nothing cause I’m comment for my robot (Unither Catty) but I like banana

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Mohammad Abdul sattar

I love sweet and its put me to good mood

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timoback3000

Pizza, hot wings and ice cream

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Justine Zepeda

What's with the thumbnail?

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angels Goddess

I like comfort food because i’m just hungry.😏😏

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Collin Nic

DO A FACE REVEAL

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STUPID gamers

Make a video on thyphoid and exercise

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Peter Yau

AHHHHHHHHHHH THE GOOD MEMORIES

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Catzel1 Ps4

Who chooses them thumbnails tho

and why

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Joley D.

[LOL] That thumbnail THO I thought it was twerking for a second

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ScarMsanii Aggrey

I grew up eating yums, plantains, cassava, sweet potatoes, cornmeal, a lot of vegetables, herbs, chicken, fish and beef in various combinations! This other things I knew in adulthood!😂😂

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Frank your so awesome (I call him frank) please show us your face

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Brown Shugar

Happiness usually follows this position.

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Larissa Costa

why is the thumbnail throwing it back though

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Kolby Claxton

Person in the thumbnail is a pro if you know what I mean

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Lubna Mahmood

unhealthy food Aalways joyful!!!!hhhhh,gogogaga

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tyson koster

im starting to think more and more that this channel just makes up there facts

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Rika G

Rice, Miso soup and Tsukemono…Ochazuke…Ramen!!! Soba.. Udon….

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