Don't Worry. Get Happy.
What makes you smile? Laugh? Feel FULL OF JOY? For some, it’s a walk barefoot on the beach. For another, it’s a spin on a roller coaster, a solo movie date, or a perfectly ripe avocado.
So… when was the last time you did something that makes you happy?
If it’s been awhile, consider this: Happiness lowers stress levels, increases immune system function, and lowers your risk of disease. It also makes life easier.
The Magic Formula for Daily Pleasure
Doing one pleasurable thing per day (or more!) is the most powerful antidote for gray, boring, or stressful days. Try this:
Make an “I love” list. List everything that you enjoy—nothing is too small or too large. If you enjoy it, it goes on that list. Everything from snuggling with your pup, to drinking a watermelon kombucha.
Take a look at how you spend your days. When could you fit in a little pleasure? Perhaps you could leave the office at lunch to walk in the park? Maybe you could play your favorite music while doing the dishes? Book yourself a massage this weekend? Buy yourself flowers!
Repeat daily—or more often, as needed. Really make time to take 5 minutes (or longer if you can) to do something joyful. It can be a 5 minute journaling exercise, or an hour long fitness class. The point is, dedicating this small time to joy every day ensures you’re taking care of your emotional and mental health. If you just can’t swing it, fake a laugh. You’ll feel so ridiculous that it’s 99% more likely you’ll start laughing for real.
To get you started down the road of pleasure, give this luscious recipe a try:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)
1 cup organic whipping cream or can of coconut cream or large ripe banana
· Process first 4 ingredients in a blender.
· Blend for 1 minute, or until pureed.
· Pour puree into a medium bowl.
· Beat cream or coconut cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. If using a banana whir in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
· Fold whipped cream or banana into mango puree, using a knife to swirl in a marbled effect.
GET EVEN HEALTHIER!
Are you curious about how happy good health can make you feel? As a Health Coach I can help you make your own healthy changes. Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today—or pass this offer on to someone you care about!