A Recipe for Happiness

a recipe for happiness

Read voraciously. Read a variety of stuff. Pick up the books and magazines that don’t appeal to you and see what you can learn.

Practice listening more than talking. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it will make you a more interesting and interested person. Stay curious about life and the world around you.

Spend as much time with your family as you can. Listen eagerly to your grandparents’ tales. Reminisce about your childhood with your cousins and siblings. Get to know your parents as people, rather than just the people who raised you.

Take pleasure in the laughter and innocence of little ones. Let them grind down your cynicism and remind you to let your imagination run wild.

Eat green vegetables every single day, but never order a salad when you’re eating out. Cook things from scratch and marvel at how delicious it tastes. Learn to bake and take pleasure in the process – and in the eating, of course.

Move your body regularly – not as a punishment, but as an act of love. Notice how physical activity can make your mind soar too.

Remember to stop and look up at the stars every so often. Let the vastness of the sky remind you what a wonderful coincidence it is that you are here on this bizarre planet at all. Think about everything that has come before you, and everything that is still to come.

Always have an adventure on the horizon. Realise that adventure doesn’t have to mean getting on a plane. It can mean a weekend visiting friends or a drive out to the seaside or a long walk without any purpose other than getting some fresh air.

Work hard at something you really love. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t pay the bills – you can find something else to do that. Pour your heart into it and reap the rewards, even if they aren’t financial.

Be grateful for everything that you have in your life. Appreciate that no matter how hard you may be struggling, there is still so much to be thankful about.

And finally, understand that you can’t be happy all of the time. But in those moments of sadness, know that happiness will come again. That you will smile widely and laugh heartily and dance in the kitchen once more.

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  • Ahhh Sophie, this is really wonderful. It’s a lovely hump day reminder of what is important. Thanks for sharing. Practicing gratitude is one of my things for this year I think, as I’m always looking forward and never appreciating the awesome that is around me. (PS – this should totally be read out like in Baz Luhrman’s “Everybody is Free to Wear Sunscreen” track!!!)

    Sam xx |

    • Ohhhh I love that song so hopefully I wasn’t influenced!!! Haha x

  • What a fantastic post and a wonderful recipe for happiness!

    Kate |

  • Cate Cruse

    This is a gorgeous post Sophie! xxx

  • This is exactly what I needed today. After a week filled with grief, it’s so good to be reminded that happiness can be found in the simplest of tasks. Thank you xxx

    • I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a tough week, but I’m very glad that this post helped xxx

  • amelia may

    What a beautiful recipe indeed. Perfect in everyway. Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing –

  • Such a lovely sentiment to remember on days that are difficult!
    Bee xxx

  • So wonderfully accurate! x

  • This was a lovely post to read this lunchtime thank you! Alice xx

  • Love these! Some wonderful sentiments too.

    The Little Things | Louise x

  • This is beautiful! Such a well written post. Thanks for sharing these words to remind us all on the power of happiness xx

    • Ah thank you lovely, I’m really glad you enjoyed it x

  • Appreciate the Day

    This is wonderful! Such, fill me up to the brim with feeling kind of wonderful. I think I’m going to make a note to make more of all these happy things in my life starting with reading more and my next adventure.
    Kate xx

  • I loved this, it’s the kind of thing everyone needs to recieve in their inbox when they are feeling a little low, or in need of a pick me up!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • I love this! It’s so beautifully written. This should be made into a poster and hung up on everyone’s walls!xx

  • I really needed to read this, sometimes life just sucks us up and we forget to smile and take a breath. xo

    McKenzie |

    • Exactly – it’s good to step back every so often xxx

  • Love this post, I’ve been getting so in my head recently, and just having some down days- January blues? Maybe. Thanks Sophie for lifting me up 🙂 Laura x

    • Laura, thank you for such a lovely comment, I’m so glad the post helped! x

  • Love this list so much 🙂
    x Kenzie //

  • Gorgeous post! You have stated some lovely points here… I think we’d all follow them well!

  • JP

    This is brilliant – have bookmarked it to refer to when I forget some of these great lessons!