Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Recipe for Happy

When Jonathan asked me to write a guest post for him, I was more than happy to do so. I absolutely love Jonathan’s blog, and while I enjoy his unique recipes, the real reason I follow him year after year is his personal posts. He has a positive way of approaching life, and always shares wisdom and insights that apply to my life as well.

For today’s post, I thought I would share a recipe, playing off of his tagline. I know Jonathan is gluten and dairy free because it makes him feel good. That’s why I eat gluten free as well. But as we both know there’s so much more to life than just food. So the following is my recipe for living a full and happy life:   

My Recipe for Happy

8-9 hours sleep/night
Organization + Plans
Introspection + Creativity
Small goals
Large goals
Healthy gluten-free food
Physical activity

  1. Begin with an early bedtime, and a solid 8-9 hours of sleep. Wake early the next morning with a plan for the day that allows for change.
  2. Make sure to plan your day so that you include time for creativity and introspection (meditation, journaling, painting), a plan for being productive (blog posts, business marketing, program creation), and small goals so that you don’t overwhelm yourself.
  3. Be aware of your greater purpose and large goals in life, but allow yourself to focus on the small goals that need to be done today.
  4. Be sure to eat 3 solid meals, plus snacks, or you’ll find yourself getting grumpy. Remember to eat your meals away from the computer, breathe, and appreciate your food.   
  5. Take a long walk in the afternoon, dance, or do yoga. You’ll feel better afterwards.
  6. Be kind to yourself, and don’t expect to be superhuman.
  7. If you have to decide between health and work, choose health. Your work will suffer otherwise, and so will your relationships.  
  8. Nurture your true friendships. These are the people who will pick you up when you fall.
  9. Treat your partner with kindness, and don’t forget that you drive him as crazy as he drives you. Love him unconditionally.  

Thank you for having me over to your blog, Jonathan!



Iris Higgins is a women’s health coach, certified hypnotherapist, and gluten-free cookbook author. She works with women who are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, lost, or simply in need of a little magic. From helping them learn to eat healthier to guiding them through healing old wounds, Iris believes that deep within every woman she works with is someone who knows her purpose and is ready to live her fullest life. She blogs at and runs a gluten-free health challenge at She also moderates a gluten free support group on Facebook for anyone who wants a judgment-free zone for their gluten-free journey.  

[insert sound of Jonathan scribbling recipe down on a white sand beach to post on his mirror daily]

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