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  • Happiness isn't something we chase around, it is something that is INNATE in us. This is what I've come to realize after watching a certain talk about happiness on TED. See, we normally pin our happiness to our goals or to things that we want. But often times, when we achieve those goals and get those things, we're always left wanting more - being insatiable beings that we are. Given this premise, happiness becomes elusive; and the never-ending search for HAPPY begins!

    When we do something that we are passionate about, THAT is the time we are most happy. Happiness is when we invest with the process and not with the outcome.

    I am obsessively and passionately in love with food and cooking; I can totally lose myself in it. The smells, texture, taste of every ingredient and the experience in every recipe is just bliss. I may not have a kitchen of a three-star Michelin chef, my kitchen equipment may not be the best there is, but I have love. I am happy when I create things in the kitchen. Yes, I fail...and I don't get the results that I want. But my spirit remained undaunted. I just start over and hope that I'll nail it the next time. That, for me, is investing in the process. Sure, having my cooking liked and loved by the people I cook for makes me happy but it's not something that I have control over. Their tastes are always subjective; clearly I cannot please everybody.

    I am happy creating food in the kitchen, I am happy sharing my recipes, I am happy serving food to my loved ones...having someone like it is just, well, a big bonus!

    We all work to be happy, but isn't it time to reverse that? Can we be happy first and let everything else fall on its proper places?
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