What makes you smile? Laugh? Go giddy with glee? Feel alive? For some, it’s a walk barefoot on the sand. For another, it’s a spin on a roller coaster, a solo movie date, or a perfectly ripe mango.
So… when was the last time you did something that makes you feel completely alive?
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 and it makes you feel alive, 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 take a lunch break outside in sunshine or walk in the park? Maybe you could play your favorite music while doing the dishes? Book yourself a massage this weekend?
Repeat daily—or more often, as needed.
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 non-dairy 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.
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