Next time you’re feeling a bit stressed, but a hot bath or gym session seems a little bit too much effort, reach into the chocolate stash, instead. It’s good for you, honest.

A new study has found that eating chocolate can actually lower our stress levels, according to Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Centre in Southern California.

The found that eating dark chocolate, particularly with a high percentage of cacao, can reduce stress levels and inflammation, as well as improving mood, memory and immunity. Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can benefit our brain and heart health, the researchers said.

And the higher the level of cacao, the happier we become, the researchers say. So indulge. Who are we to disagree with science?