A Weekly Dose of Happy Issue 3

Hi, welcome to the next edition of “A Weekly Dose of Happy” from HappyMonks. Here is a list of 5 things to help you start the week off with a little happiness! Enjoy!


I truly believe that taking care of yourself should be a priority. I see so many friends running their selves ragged, putting everyone else’s needs in front of their own. This article, Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish, explains how self-care is not only fundamental to your well-being but also to the well-being of those around you. And maybe it will convince you to book that spa appointment you’ve been thinking about! Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish


Full disclosure, I am allergic to gluten and dairy so many of the recipes I recommend are gluten free and dairy free or adaptable to be both. I have a friend who has similar allergies to me and she has created a blog called, Salt’s Kitchen, full of amazing recipes. My favorite is her gluten free and dairy free carrot cake. IT IS DELICIOUS! And you would never know its missing the gluten or dairy. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. (Note: To make it dairy free, she recommends using Green Valley Organic’s lactose free cream cheese.) Gluten-free and Dairy-free Carrot Cake

Book Recommendation:

This week my book recommendation is The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert. It’s a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together. Reading about food and love? What more could you ask for! This book will definitely take you to your happy place. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Product recommendation:

One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is the warm weather. But this winter, it has actually been chilly! And we’ve had a lot of much needed rain. During the “winter” months, my skin tends to get pretty dry, especially my face. A few years ago, a facialist suggested I use Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil. Ever since, I mix a few drops of it with my moisturizer after I wash my face at night and it has made a huge difference. Good, healthy skin makes me very happy! Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil


I know I featured a panda video last week but I just had to do it again. When you see it, you will understand why! It must feel so good to be loved that much. Happy Panda Video


What makes you happy? Send me an email at info@happymonkstuff.com and let me know!

Thank you for reading and have a great week filled with happiness!

Take care,
Stefanie Abramson, HappyMonks

Stefanie Abramson