I am often reminded returning to a practical, basic approach and simplicity works best. So I thought I would keep this post simple, and short and remind myself and maybe you too of some happiness tips.
I have been making chocolate chip macadamia biscuits for years now - for over 28 years! I got the recipe from my friend Lou, while working at Royal Talbot and have been baking them for all sorts of occasions. I have made them to feed the Neonatal ICU nurses while the twins were in hospital and raise funds for Bosco Sevana, school fetes, toy libraries, and POM.
For many years I included a Happiness Tips sticker in the biscuits (pictured above). Maybe you have one on a fridge, notice board or diary. I often see them around and it makes me happy to be reminded they continue to remind us all of helpful things. I noticed one on our Toyota truck door the other day!
I heard a wonderful story from my niece's boyfriend Nick, while we were away. We gave Nick some POM biscuits and he remarked, somewhat disappointedly, that they did not have the sticker. He told me how much he liked the sticker and had stuck it on his work hard hat. He works on building sites as an electrician and enjoys the fact that the sticker often gets attention and is useful too! He told me when someone comes up to complain about this of that he simply points to his hat - 'Complain less, Appreciate More'! Or when someone is grumpy his hat sticker is a reminder to 'frown less, smile more'!
So, thank you Nick for the reminder - I am going to reintroduce the Happiness Tips stickers with the biscuits. Who knows where they will end up!
A few more helpful good old favourite slogans I have going around in my New Year head include...
My heartfelt love, appreciation and gratitude to you all.