Alright, it’s time for me to get cheesy and take a different angle on this.
Recipe for Happiness – Author Unknown
1. Take twelve whole months, cleaning them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
2. Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty or thirty-one different parts, but don’t make the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
3. Mix into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage and one part of work.
4. Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and meditation and one good deed.
5. Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of plan and a cupful of good humour.
6. Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
7. Cook thoroughly over radiant joy.
I’ve tried variations of this recipe for myself and found that you don’t always need to follow the instructions to the letter. Sometimes, experimenting a bit can have even better results. For example, in Step 4, replacing ‘one good deed’ with ‘as many good deeds as possible’ may result in a slightly longer and more intensive cooking process, but will also create some extra tasty self satisfaction.
Also, don’t be afraid to go heavy on the Good Humour. Sometimes a cup is not enough, particularly if you are short on Patience or have used a little more Work than listed.
Variations may include adding a tablespoon or two of Good Company, about a cup of Dumb Luck and if all else fails, throwing as much in as possible, mixing it all together and eating out of the bowl with your hands.
Best enjoyed when shared.