I love dessert and often will eat it first as part of my meal ūüôā ¬†This is especially true at holiday time. ¬†The thought of eating dessert first also got me thinking about “dessert” in another context – as anything that brings us that sense of in the moment joy.

Joyful activities are often put on the back burner while we handle all of the “important” tasks we must finish first (eating our meal before we get to our dessert). ¬†Does that make sense? ¬†Certainly. ¬†But is there any harm in putting some joy first? ¬† ¬† A joy-filled activity can be a short one that can fit into your busy life of “main meal” activities.

Just like eating dessert, moderation is what we are aiming for. ¬†Do I usually eat a whole slice of cake before my meal? ¬†No. ¬†Do I savor one piece of dark chocolate (or one holiday cookie) while I’m preparing my dinner. ¬†I often do! ¬†One piece of chocolate – or 15-20 minutes of a joyful activity can bring a new focus to your other tasks, it may even help you feel better about them!

What would your life be like if you occasionally (or more than occasionally) ate “dessert” first?

Happy Holidays!!


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