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Does anything give you as much joy as greens give Tiffany Haddish?


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Think about what brings you joy: If you’re like Marie Kondo, it might be a super-tidy and minimalist living space, or maybe it’s planning dreamy getaways—no judgment if it’s simply the perfect piece of avocado toast. Well, for comedian and author Tiffany Haddish, a big serving of homegrown greens is what brings a big smile to her face without fail.

When the Girls Trip star started talking about good ole vegetables during a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she started to get really jazzed. Haddish said when she hosted Saturday Night Live (and totally *slayed*), musical guest Taylor Swift approached her about setting up a dinner date, and the actress asked the musician to make barbecue chicken, potato salad, and brisket.

Haddish offered to bring her own  veggies: “I said, ‘I’m gonna bring some collard greens, ’cause I got my own garden and I got greens,'” she told DeGeneres.

“I smile when I pick the greens, and when I wash the greens I smile. Then when I cut them up, I smile. And then when I cook them, I smile. They call it joyful greens.” —Tiffany Haddish

And, turns out, Haddish doesn’t just garden—she joyfully gardens. “When I pick my greens, I smile,” Haddish told DeGeneres. “I smile when I pick the greens, and when I wash the greens I smile. Then when I cut them up, I smile. And then when I cook them, I smile. They call it joyful greens.” Apparently, her must-be-massive garden includes kale, strawberries, eggplants, cucumbers, an avocado tree, beets, greens, and potatoes—i.e., the stuff of colorful-salad magic.

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And the greens went smashingly at the dinner party: Haddish said Swift prepared a smorgasbord of tasty food including chicken and corn bread, but the Grammy winner was won over by the joyful greens. “She was like, ‘Oh, my God, Tiffany, I have been wanting greens for so long. I go to all these different places and get greens and they’re never good. These greens are so delicious.'”

Haddish’s response: “Girl, ’cause them is joyful greens.'” And Tiffany, if you’re reading this—you are, right?—here are a few more greens that might bring you joy and also help keep your mental health in check.

Watch Haddish’s whole interview with DeGeneres below

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You don’t need to have a movie-star-worthy house—and subsequent garden—to test out your green thumb. Here’s how to maximize a teeny tiny outdoor space. And if herbs are more your thing, here’s a little inspo