Hacking Happiness

Being intentional about your happiness is a great personal goal for each of us to aspire to. We live in a world where issues never seem to go away. There’s always something to be concerned about. With so much going on, our state of mind requires happiness top-ups like a car needs fuel.

I find that it always begins with some honesty with self, acknowledging what is going on inside our minds and hearts. We need to spot when we are tending towards anger, sorrow, regret or any other negative response to life’s events.

Is it possible to decide to be deliberately happy regardless of events that come our way? Can I successfully keep my peace in a troubled environment?

What we look at is changing us.

I look for cute baby pictures on Instagram all the time. They make me smile and are always guaranteed to brighten my day. I was unaware of the impact of those smiles on my overall life. Since seeing an image created by @Sumbu.official, I now have a better perspective on these little triggers to happiness. You can call them hacks to happiness. That image by Sumbu was shared by Dr. Caroline Leaf on instagram recently.

There are so many hacks available to unlock happiness so find yours.

Other Personal Hacks.

  • Finishing up a task (especially those I had always planned on doing.
  • Comedy skits on YouTube and instagram.
  • Baking one of my favorite desserts, double chocolate brownie, to get my endorphin hormones dose. (Pls read up on my previous post on “let out a smile behind the mask”).

There’s no better recipe to get your endorphins released other than this yummy double chocolate date brownie when you need to give ur moody feelings a lift.

Double chocolate date brownie

Ingredients:

  • 120gm Dark chocolate
  • 125gm butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 100gm dates paste
  • 50gm flour
  • 2 full Tbsp Cocoa powder

Toppings:

  • 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp light brown chocolate

Method:

  • Melt chocolate and butter
  • In a separate bowl whisk egg, sugar and dares
  • Pour melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture and whisk to incorporate
  • Pour sieved flour and cocoa powder and mix in with a spatula
  • Pour the batter into a cake mould prepared with baking paper and move it around for even distribution or spread evenly with a spatula
  • Sprinkle the toppings (both dark and light brown chocolate chips)
  • Bake in preheated oven of 180 degree Centigrade for 20-30mins
  • Remove and allow to cool for 10-15mins
  • Slice as you would
  • Can be served with sorbet, Greek yogurt, ice cream, any smoothie of your choice.

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