Recipe for a Happy New Year

Here is the recipe, bon apetit!

Take 12 months, clean them from envy, bitterness, costiveness, pedantry and divide them into 30 or 31 parts, so that the supply is enough for one year.

Each day individually arranged from:

  • 1 part of work
  • 2 parts sense of glad and humor
  • Add 3 accumulated tablespoons optimism
  • 1 tablespoon tolerance
  • 1 pellet irony and
  • 1 prize of time
  • Then dowse the mass with very much love all over.
The finished court can be decorated with Straeusel of small attentions, serve it well with daily amusement.

- Katharina Elisabeth Goethe (1731-1808)