Give Your Guilty Pleasures the Green Light

Have you ever wished for a simple way to increase your happiness and sustain your smile? Well, wish no further! I have the perfect how-to for you!

  1. Start by creating a list of 10 guilty pleasures that bring you joy.
  2. Focus on doing at least three of those things every day.
  3. Share your new habit with your friends and encourage them to do the same.
  4. Note: the list can be ever-evolving! Life happens, things change.
Curious to see mine? Well then, keep reading!


The sugary sweetness is a serious addiction for me. I recently had to dump hot sauce into my Nutella jar to stop myself from devouring the entire containter!

Collecting Pennies

Anytime I see a penny (heads up), I will stop everything I’m doing and go grab it regardless where the penny is. If you share my crazy habit, be careful! I once almost got hit by a yellow cab because I chose to run back across the street to grab the coin. Sorry, Mom! But hey, I believe in good luck!

Dry Red Wine

Nothing like a glass of red wine to mellow out the evening. In fact, the dryer the better! It’s paired best with…

Reality TV

I’m somewhat embarrassed to share this, but I love me some Keeping Up with the Kardashians. See? The red wine goes well with this one!

food-photography-maren-caruso-3Country Music

Growing up, my dad and I always had country music playing in the background as we drove the backroads of upstate New York. Back then, I was never really a big fan of the genre, but now that I live away from my family, listening to country music always reminds me of home.

Legally Blonde

Yes, the movie.

She is one badass boss chick.

Note: this also goes well with red wine.

Eating while watching Food Network

Why? I have no idea. I love eating my dinner while watching TV. My other half likes to eat with only music on in the background.  He can’t focus on TV and his food—lol! Luckily, I sometimes get my way when I need to hit my daily quota for joyful pleasures.

Making up dances

Zach and I listen to a LOT of music so we are constantly breaking it down to new songs. You’ll have to see some of our moves sometime. food-photography-maren-caruso-9

Face Masks

Something about face masks helps me clear my mind. I almost feel lost without them. They’re a nice way to force yourself to take a break and relax.

Helping others succeed

This is always on my to-do list. The feeling that I get inside when others let me know that I have helped them through a bad day or a tough time always gives me goosebumps!

Spread the joy and enjoy life!

Peace & Love,

Emily Burkhardt



Images via Maren Caruso.