What makes you smile? Laugh? Go giddy with glee? For some, it’s a walk barefoot through the grass. For others it’s a spin on a roller coaster, a solo movie date, or a perfectly ripe mango. One thing that makes me smile is walking on the beach, even if it’s pouring down rain and freezing cold outside, although I do prefer a sunshiny day!

My question for you is, when was the last time you did something that makes you happy?

If you haven’t smiled or laughed in a while, consider this: Happiness lowers stress levels, increases immune system function, and lowers your risk of disease. The happy factor also makes life easier.

The Magic Formula for Daily Pleasure
  • Doing a minimum of one pleasurable thing per day 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, get it on the list!!!
  • 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? How about booking a massage this weekend?
  • Repeat daily — or more often as needed!!!
To get you started down the road to happiness, give this luscious recipe a try:

Mango Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • ¼ 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

Instructions

  1. Process first 4 ingredients in blender
  2. Bend for 1 minute or until pureed.
  3. Pour puree into a medium bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. Fold whipped cream or tofu 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 make your own healthy changes. Let’s talk! Schedule a discovery call today – or pass this on to someone you care about!