I don't know about you, but I love how easy it can be to change someone's day just by smiling at them. Like, let's say you're walking through the mall, and you notice that a random stranger is looking at you (in a non-creepy way hopefully). Don't you usually smile at them, or nod, or do something that acknowledges the fact that they're looking at you? Well, I usually smile, and the reaction I get is usually priceless. Seeing that person smile back just gives me a great feeling, mostly because you just don't know the kind of day that the person may be having. What if just by that one smile their whole day went from 0 to 100? What if it alleviated a little bit of stress or sadness? In school, what if the other person had been bullied earlier and then your smile just made them feel better? Or even at the gym, smiling can go a long way, even though most exercise-loving people are already smiling to begin with. According to what I learned from "Legally Blonde" when I was younger, exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy, therefore exercise makes you happy! I've been trying to get into exercise lately, and the last thing on my mind when I leave the gym is happiness. All I'm feeling is tiredness, sweaty, thirsty, and with an extreme need of taking a shower. Another exercise-related topic that doesn't leave me smiling is drinking green juices. I've been seeing tons of people posting pictures of their green juices on Instagram and how great and happy they feel while drinking it. C'mon people, who can truthfully say that drinking a liquid salad leaves you feeling fresh and excited? I, for one, can't vouch for having had that feeling. I can say, though, that the green juice I'm featuring in this post is great for weight-loss, and I mean GREAT! My dad lost 8 pounds in the first week of having this smoothie just once a day. He did say that the texture took some time to get used to, but that after a few days, it was easy to drink and he felt light yet satisfied after drinking it. Although I don't know if the results prove the same for others, I suggest trying this drink out if you're in need of losing a few pounds. One warning though: brush your teeth and rinse off with mouthwash. The green onions in this drink can leave your breath smelling super harsh, so to avoid any embarrassment, have some gum handy even up to a few hours after you drink it while your body digests it.
Herbal Healer Smoothie
adapted from: Smoothies! by Stella Murphy
*makes: 1 smoothie*
"Savory and clean-tasting."
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/4 oz fresh dill
1/4 oz fresh curly parsley
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
4 green onions, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup water
1) Place the cucumber in the blender and whizz, then add the herbs, pepper, onions, and water and blend until smooth.
2) Pour into a glass over ice.