Last updated: 04:43 PM ET, Thu July 30 2015

Gatwick Piloting Mood-Boosting 'Happy' Meals

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | July 30, 2015

Gatwick Piloting Mood-Boosting 'Happy' Meals

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London’s Gatwick Airport wants to ensure that your experience while traveling is filled with more happiness than frustration.

Happy Meal, anyone?

No, not the McDonald’s chain version of the Happy Meal. This is a literal happy meal. The London airport announced today it has designed a handful of special meals at eight of its restaurants across its two terminals, meals loaded with serotonin to help change your mood.

The Telegraph reports that the meals range from tuna to salads to smoothies.

According to Medical News Today, serotonin is regarded by some researchers as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression.

Serotonin is manufactured in the brain and the intestines. The majority of the body's serotonin, between 80-90 percent, can be found in the gastrointestinal tract.

The meals at Gatwick prepared with serotonin will be designated with, you guessed it, a smiley face on the menu. It will used 10 items commonly believed to increase serotonin, including salmon, tuna, bananas, oats, citrus fruits, spinach and kale, sesame seeds, green tea, chickpeas, and soy and soy products such as miso.

Happy Flying!

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