Secret Ingredients for Happiness

At a recent workshop, I asked participants to write down a“secret ingredient” for happiness in the upcoming year. The theme of the workshop was “Cooking Up 2012″ and during the course of the session, we focused on what makes for a happy life – what are the ‘main’ courses or must-haves for each individual? What about appetizers – those small tastes of something new or experimental that make life interesting?
We talked about the role of the side-dishes that make for a complete life, and the sweet indulgences – desserts – that make it rich.
At the beginning of the day, I placed a basket in the middle of the room. During the course of the session, attendees wrote down their ‘secret ingredients’ for happiness and dropped them into the basket. At the end of the day, each woman shared their vision or ‘recipe’ for the year and randomly selected an ingredient as a blessing to take home.
Here’s the list:
  1. Positivity
  2. Make your bed every morning – it only takes 30 seconds, and provides a lovely oasis for the rest of the day
  3. Selfishness – take care of yourself first
  4. Smile ‘til you feel it
  5. Be in the moment
  6. Be true to your dreams
  7. Be nicer (you can always be nicer)
  8. Shared values
  9. Bubbles: laughter, relaxation, joy, peace, tranquility
  10. Forgive
  11. Tell the truth
  12. Don’t take things personally
  13. Humour
  14. A dash of laughter
  15. Trust
  16. Be of service
We have an unlimited number of ingredients in our lives to combine to cook up the perfect dish. What’s your secret ingredient for happiness?

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About Vicki

I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.

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