The Best Is Yet To Come


Researchers have discovered that people reach peak happiness in their eighties.

The study was one of the largest studies on this topic and was a joint effort by British and American researchers. The research was based on over 2 million people in 80 countries. And with very few exceptions the findings seem to hold true regardless of gender, culture, geography, wealth, job history, education, and marriage or parental status.

Not Over the Hill In Your Forties

It seems happiness follows a U-shaped pattern. People tend to be happy in their 20’s and then a low occurs some time in their 40’s, with happiness making a come back in the 50’s and 60’s and reaching a peak in the 80’s.

The researchers also said that cheerful people tend to live longer lives.

You can read the entire article by following the link here: US News and World Report.

A similar but smaller study shows the same results. Satisfaction and optimism steadily increase after middle age.

According to the Telegraph article:

A study published by the American National Academy of Sciences, based on a survey of 341,000 people, found that enjoyment of life dwindled throughout early adulthood but began an upward trend in the late forties, and continued to increase until reaching a peak at 85.


In addition, psychologists believe that in old age we become more selective with how we use our time, focusing more on doing things we enjoy and cutting out parts of life that make us unhappy.

So it seems gray hair and wrinkles have their privileges.

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, The Best Is Yet To Come 




Featured Recipe           Herb Baked Chicken

This recipe is simplicity itself and proves that old saying that the simple things are best. The interplay of the fresh basil with the fresh thyme is a slice of heaven right here on earth.

I have absolutely, positively no clue to where I got this recipe. I wish I did so I could thank the creator for many pleasurable eating experiences.

This dish costs a bit more than I usually run here on More Thyme. But it is worth it. It is a good special occasion, Sunday best, or company meal.

The recipe can be doubled or tripled.

You do have to use fresh herbs for this recipe. Dried would not survive the length of time at such high temperatures.

I like to serve this chicken with Garlic Roasted New Potatoes, or Sherry Potatoes, some peas and a salad.

This dish is perfect served cold for midnight snacking, to take to work for lunch, or to go on a picnic as well. If you use it for a picnic this potato salad is a perfect go with: Potato Salad with Lemon Dressing

Tomorrow if the weather cooperates, at lunch time I will be on the banks of the Scioto River here in Columbus. A friend and I are going to have a picnic. I am bringing the chicken and she is bringing the fruit salad.

This is what you will need for 2 people:

2 chicken breasts on the bone with skin

1/3 cup melted butter

Fresh sweet basil

Fresh thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Turn oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash and pat the chicken dry if you wish, and place skin side down in a roasting pan.

Remove thyme leaves from the stalks and slice the basil into small strips.

NOTE: It is hard to say how much thyme and basil you will need. The recipe as I wrote it down does not say. Enough to partially cover the chicken breast. Start with a little and prepare more as you go along, if needed is the best advice I can give.

Melt the butter over low heat. Do not burn.

Brush some of the butter on the chicken. Add salt and pepper.

Then add some of the thyme leaves and basil strips.

Place in the oven and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

When 30 minutes is up, turn the chicken over, skin side up, brush more butter on the skin side (may need to melt a bit more butter) then add more salt and pepper if desired, and more thyme leaves and basil strips.

Roast another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes and serve.

Look at all that golden brown deliciousness. Makes my mouth water.

Serve  and enjoy!!!!

Bon Appetit!!!


2 chicken breasts                 $4.84             

1/3 cup melted butter           $0.90

Fresh sweet basil                 $1.00

Fresh thyme                        $1.00  

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $6.93
Cost per person = $3.47

Quote of the Day

Grow old along with me!  The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.

Robert Browning, Rabbi ben Ezra


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2 comments to The Best Is Yet To Come

  • Dahlia

    Well, good to reading about ‘the best is yet to come’!!

    The chicken looks yum!! I’m going to make it tomorrow after I pick up herbs at the farmer’s market!

    Thanks for the printer tab too!!

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