Dr. Tara's "Fave Five": As Luck Would Have It

Happy March!  In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, this “Fave Five” post is all about luck — with a little green thrown in for good measure!


1. Life Hack: “Secrets of a Happy Life: Learning How to Get Lucky"

Now I don’t know about you, but I am certainly open to the idea of bringing more good fortune into my life!  And how exactly can this be done?  Well, after mulling it over and reviewing the literature, I’ve come up with what I believe to be some simple “luck-generating” strategies.

2. Recipes for Luck

Kale is King Smoothie

Bring on the green!  This kale, grape & banana smoothie is super simple, super delicious and super nutritious.  With any luck, your whole family will love it.  Honestly, though, it’s a great introduction to green smoothies for kids (or even grown-up kids!) who think they don’t like rabbit food!

Super Slaw

This colourful coleslaw is the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  It’s bright and beautiful and bursting with a wonderful variety of fresh flavours, textures, and health benefits.  My three chicklets gobble it up every time, shaved brussels sprouts and all!

Tahini Chai Granola

Fresh from the oven granola has got to be one of my favourite things.  If I were to write my own Book of Awesome, it would certainly be featured.  A few times.  Warm, crunchy, sweet and nutty, and oh so satisfying — it doesn’t get much better than that.  And if you need a little luck to sell your house, win over your mother-in-law, or impress your neighbours, make a batch and then invite everyone over.  The smell alone is magic!

3. Interesting Read: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Well, as luck would have it, Amazon literally just delivered my copy of Becoming moments ago.  I’m taking it with me as I go to get my highlights done so I can tolerate sitting in the salon to “process” (the necessary evils of being a bottled blonde).  Anyway, I digress… I’m really looking forward to this one. After seeing Oprah and the former first lady discuss the book in an interview, I’ve already decided that I’d like them both at my next dinner party.

Post Highlights Addendum: Love that she included in her dedication her “circle of strong women”.  Cheers to that, Ms. Obama.  I’m only part way through chapter two but am thoroughly enjoying it and finding it far more relatable than I had anticipated.  If you give it a read, please share your thoughts.

4. TED Talk: “The little risks you can take to increase your luck” by Tina Seelig

In this inspiring and insightful talk, Dr Tina Seelig, professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, explores the concept that taking small risks can lead to big benefits.  Using examples from her own life, Dr. Seelig illustrates how three changes — getting out of our comfort zones, showing appreciation for others, and looking at ideas in a new light — can dramatically increase our luck and opportunities.

5. Quote of the Day

“I’m a great believer in luck, and the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

- Thomas Jefferson