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Get happier with this magic formula

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. - Marthe Troly-Curtin

What makes you smile? Laugh? Feel giddy? For some, it’s a walk barefoot through the grass. 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 happy?

If it’s been awhile, consider this: Happiness lowers stress levels, increases immune system function and lowers your risk of disease. It simply makes life easier and more enjoyable.

The magic formula for daily pleasure is shockingly straightforward. Figure out what brings you joy and do more of it. Choose happiness.

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, 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 favourite music while doing the dishes? Book yourself a massage this weekend?

  • Repeat daily or more often as needed.

Want to hear more? Check out the work of Gretchin Rubin and her book The Happiness Project, a 12- month adventure and guide to becoming a happier person. Listen to her share some insights and actionable tips: The Happiness Project.

Want to learn more about how to become healthier, happier and stronger? Sign up for the Resilient by Design, a 10-week online program that will help fit wellness and self-care into your life so that you can become the best version of yourself.

The Leadership Wellness Group helps busy individuals prioritize their health and wellness in today’s hyper-scheduled, 24/7 competitive work environment.

Mango Cream

To get you started down the road of joy, give this luscious recipe I fell in love with on my travels to South America. Make it with mango or papaya. In Brazil it is known as Crème de Papaya and made with papaya and vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves 4


1 mango, peeled and diced

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey (optional)

1 cup organic whipping 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 whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. If 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

#happiness #Thehappinessproject #GretchinRubin