What makes you smile? Laugh? Go giddy with glee?
For some, it’s a walk barefoot through on the beach. For another, it’s a crossword puzzle, a solo movie date, or a perfectly ripe mango.
So… when was the last time you did something that makes you happy?
I love a long walk chatting with a friend or listening to Podcasts. I'm seriously addicted to Podcasts!
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 sad, 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, get it on the list. Being aware of what we enjoy is half the battle.
·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?
·Revisit an hobby you haven't thought about for years but used to enjoy.
Did you paint, sew or write years ago? It's never to late to relearn and get inspired.
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 carton of soft tofu 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 whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. If using tofu or banana whir in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
·Fold whipped cream or tofu or banana into mango puree, using a knife to swirl in a marbled effect.
Share what makes you smile everyday in our comments section below!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!!!
Danielle Anderson is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who's passion is brain and body wellness. Certified in Mindfulness and Integrative Mental Health. NAMI teacher, QPR Instructor, mom of 2, Zumba instructor, lover of cats, the ocean and books!