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Making Lemonade out of Lemons This Work Week

BodyAlyssa Davis
Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash

Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash

“We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.” — Researchers at University of Warwick

Lemonade Almost as Sweet as Beyonce's Album

You know the age-old saying, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." We can't promise life is also handing you sugar and water, but you get the picture. Think back to a year ago today. What were you complaining about? What was on your list of stressors? Odds are you can't remember. And even if you do, some of those issues that seemed so pressing at the time are most likely resolved by now. You don't get to decide what life throws at you, but you do get to choose how you react. If there are a few lingering negatives, our favorite expert tip is to apply reframing. Reframing is a simple process that comes from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). We've found countless articles and testimonials that say that this process can actually rewire your brain to erase negative thought patterns. We couldn't find research to support that but we know that when we tried it, at the very least we became aware of our negative thoughts and felt a little more in control. Here's how to start, from our friends at Inc.com. 

So if you've been bringing down your office's mojo lately, make a conscious effort to choose choose your thoughts and your words wisely. And hey, if that doesn't work, bring a pitcher of one of these sweet lemonade recipes to work. 

Lemonade Recipes

Photo by Dee, @greensmoothiegourmet

Photo by Dee, @greensmoothiegourmet

Healthy Pear Lemonade
Instagrammer @greensmoothiegourmet has a 3-ingredient Pear Lemonade recipe that's both healthy and delicious.

½ cup peeled, chopped ripe pear
1 cup lemon juice (6 lemons squeezed should produce 1 cup of juice)
½  cup water

Let's Get To It
Peel and chop pear.

Juice lemons using a juicer. Microwave each lemon for 10 seconds before juicing to get maximum juice.

Add pear, lemon juice, and water to a high speed blender and blend until it's reached a liquid consistency. Note: It may be a bit frothy from the pear. You can either spoon it off or let it settle while refrigerating.

Refrigerate, serve with ice and lemon slices, and enjoy these last summer days!

Photo by Ghina Seddik, @ghinasbakings

Photo by Ghina Seddik, @ghinasbakings

Blackberry Lemonade
Instagrammer @ghinasbakings has a 3-ingredient Blackberry Lemonade recipe that's both healthy and delicious.

3 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup sugar or dry sweetener of choice
2 tsp lemon zest
7 cups water divided
1 lime slice (for garnish)

Let's Get To It
In a blender, blend your blackberries until they have reached a puree consistency. Drain with a strainer to discard only the liquid. Use a fork to press the blackberries against the strainer to extract the maximum amount of liquid.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, mix 1 cup of water in with the blackberry juice, sugar and lemon zest. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

When it's reached a boil, simmer on low heat for 10 mins. Remove from heat and let cool.

Meanwhile, place the lemon juice and remaining 6 cups of water in a large pitcher or jug. Add the blackberry syrup to the mixture and stir well.

Refrigerate, serve with a lime slice, and become the talk of the office!

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