Some people consider life to be a box of chocolates (“you never know what you’re going to get,” says Forrest Gump), while others liken life to ice cream—enjoy it before it melts! Life is sweet, life is delicious, but what really makes for a happy life? Let us measure our ingredients one by one.

 

A cup of kindness

 

Remember when Pope Francis hugged a disfigured man? That simple act of kindness and acceptance made a great impact on the man, Vinicio Riva. “I feel I can move ahead because the Lord is protecting me,” Vinicio told edition.cnn.com. See what a little bit of kindness does? It has the power to change lives, yours included!

 

A pinch of challenge

Dilemmas and predicaments inevitably come, adding a pucker of sourness to your life. But they only serve to spice things up—much like adding a little salt to make a bland dish tasty. Just remember, in times of trouble, there’s always divine intervention! You can turn to St. Valentine for matters of the heart, and there’s St. Rita of Cascia to bail you out of any impossible situation.

 

A sprinkle of friendship

Thomas Aquinas once said, “there is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Real friendship is not just found in the people you meet along the way. It is also experienced in your family, with your parents and siblings. They make life all the richer just by being there, don’t you agree?

 

Tablespoons of faith

To have faith is to trust in something greater than you. It is to believe that things will work out, to pray that, with God’s grace, everything will fall into place. With faith, even the littlest details inspire hope. “Be faithful in small things,” St. Teresa of Calcutta advised, “because it is in them that your strength lies.”

 

A bowl of love

According to St. Gregory the Great, “the proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” It only makes sense that a dollop of kindness has already gone into this bowl, as well as a bit of gratitude. Just like a bowl of cookie dough, love works sweet wonders on sadness and loneliness.

 

Also Read: The Secret to Happiness: Life Advice from Our Elders

 

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Text by Stephanie L. Jesena.
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