Day Twenty One – A Recipe

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.


5 thoughts on “Day Twenty One – A Recipe

  1. Are you typically a happy person? As a teacher I find I can influence how my students react simply by broadcasting my attitude. If I am mad, they get very calm and quiet. If I am happy, they get chatty and sometimes a bit rambunctious. I prefer them to be rambunctious 🙂

    Mr. C

  2. I’d say I generally am a happy person – certainly more so than I used to be and I try my best! Haha, I think I’ve probably been on the receiving end of similar treatment at school; I’m certainly influenced by the attitude of my teachers. And rambunctious is ALWAYS great 🙂

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. Motizie-
    I love the creativity of using a recipe to write! How did you come up with this idea?
    I think having fun deserves a bit more than a sprinkle though, don’t you? It reminds me of a quote I always appreciate reading over and over:
    “There is a direct correlation between the level of happiness in one’s life and the amount of silliness they allow into it.”

    Ms. DeSelm
    Denver, Colorado

  4. Thankyou very much!

    I’m currently doing a Blogging Challenge that provides me with a prompt for each of thirty days, and Day 21 just happened to be ‘A Recipe’. And in my usual fashion, I decided to take a bit of a different angle on it – so I used this ‘Recipe for Happiness’ rather than an actual recipe for cooking.
    Oh of course! You can never include too much fun, I think! And that quote is great – where would we be without some good, clean silliness every now and then?

    Thanks for the feedback, comments are always great for keeping motivated to write!

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