The Joy Diet – A List of Pleasures

Are you waking up today feeling like you need to go on a diet after Thanksgiving? Why not try a joy diet instead: the happier you are most likely the healthier you will be, too. Try allowing yourself this list of pleasures:

-Have time to yourself every day to do nothing.

-Buy yourself some flowers.

-Make time to communicate with nature.

-Go for a walk in the park.

-Buy yourself a book or a magazine.

-Watch the latest movie in the cinema.

-Have a cup of coffee in your favorite coffee bar.

-Have your nails done, or for the men, a professional shave.

-Treat yourself to a new perfume or aftershave lotion.

-Get a new hairstyle and be daring.

-Buy the outfit you have been ogling up for the last few weeks.

Then move on to the bigger stuff:

-Take the singing lessons you have wanted to take for years.

-Join the dance club your feet are aching to get into.

-Climb the mountain you have always wanted to conquer.

-Build the house of your dreams.

-Have the relationship of your dreams.

-Travel to wherever your heart takes you.


Adapted from The Light Diet, by Elisabeth Constantine (Findhorn Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Elisabeth COnstantine. Reprinted by permission of Findhorn Press.
Adapted from The Light Diet, by Elisabeth Constantine (Findhorn Press, 2005).


Ida J.
Ida J6 years ago


Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Good advice!

VV V7 years ago

Melissa -

I hear you.
I don't know anything about you, but when I was in your position I used to enjoy - apart from the daily (and nightly) sights, smells and sounds of nature (even in the city), and music, of course! - the very vivid in-the-NOW visions/feelings of my perfect life would be.
It's one of the best things you can do for yourself EVER... if you can master the being in-the-NOW.
In other words, you have to feel it happening NOW, not in the future, regardless of what your eyes telling you, and ENJOY it with your entire body.

What spoils it for most people is the constant nagging of their rational mind: "But it isn't there, but it isn't there!"

I hope that's not your case.
If it is, remind your rational mind - not too politely - that it is the most limited, myopic and ignorant of all our cognitive instruments.

So there. :)

Good luck.

Melissa S.
Melissa S.7 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful list. Perhaps another list would be in order - one with pleasures that do not cost anything. Right now, I could not afford even the cup of coffee, but I still feel that I should be entitled to some pleasures. I'm sure that I am not alone in this.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

The relationship of one's dreams is impossible.

Joy Wong
Joy W7 years ago

Thank you, Annie. The sad thing is nowadays people on the whole just don' t have the time to do all his, but thanks for reminding us. Have a Happy, Blessed New Year, Annie.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Janine F.
Janine F7 years ago


Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec7 years ago

small stuff or big stuff - these are wonderful! thanks for sharing! :-)

Guifang Ruan
Guifang Ruan7 years ago