A minimalist approach to happiness (+recipe)

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up 60 seconds of happiness” – Ralf Waldo Emerson

Hey friends,

Today is all about a topic that is important to all of us: Happiness. It is something that everyone strives for, but not many find. I myself have still a lot to learn when it comes to happiness, but a feel like a have learned a lot in the past three years as I’ve grown. And I wanted to share my thoughts with you (and of course a new recipe 😉 it wouldn’t be a catchy cravings post without a recipe).

what is most important to you?

I think the key to happiness is knowing what is important to you, and focusing your time and energy on that. First of all, ask yourself: What is most important to me? If all was gone and one thing was left to make me happy, what would that be? For me it’s family, friends and loved ones. Now it doesn’t mean you should not care about anything else, quit your job and stop caring about your health. Instead it means that, the next time you are stressing and complaining about something, ask yourself whether this is something important, of just a detail not worthy of this much turmoil. Because we often get rattled up by such small and meaningless things and this negativity then takes up so much of your potential happiness and we often suck others into our negative space.

Be kind.

We should remember to be kind to those that are most important to us. Often this is the other way around. We are kindest and most forgiving to strangers, then to our loved ones and meanest to ourselves. We often say such mean things to ourselves that we would never ever say to others. We should be especially mindful of what we say to children. What we say shapes and influenced them as a person and one slip of the tongue can haunt them for years to come.

chose 60 seconds of happiness.

The truth is we don’t know how much longer we have left of our life with our family and loved ones. Why don’t we treasure each moment, be kind to others and ourselves, be forgiving and mindful of what we say. When we have moments of anger or negativity, it is in our hands to change that and remember what is important. Apologize to those we have wronged and cherish each moment. And don’t stress about the small stuff that isn’t meaningful. Ask yourself if this is something that will even matter in a few years, or a fer months? Even though it is easier said than done, chose to turn the negativity into those 60 seconds of happiness.

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Chocolate Banana Swirl Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 250g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 130ml plant based milk
  • 1 tbsp coco powder
  • 150g sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour with the baking soda and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl mash a very ripe banana, then add the oil, milk and sugar. Mix to combine.
  3. Lastly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently. Divide the dough into two halves and add the coco powder to one half. Mix well.
  4. Grease a baking pan with some coconut oil and add the light mixture to the pan. Then add the dark mixture on top. Use a spoon to spoon the light dough up from the bottom of the pan in one twisting motion. Do this multiple times throughout the baking tin to create a twisty pattern in the dough (alternatively you can just insert the spoon into the dough and twist the spoon and move through the dough without taking the spoon out.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 20min or until a skewer comes out clean.

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