I think there is a strong correlation between happiness and cooking. As in, the happier you are, the more you cook
Happiness is Stirring the Risotto
Stella J. McKenna

I agree!! Certainly is true for me. After years of feeding kids and family, the last few years of working outside the home, kids mostly grown and cooking just for me a lot of the time, (yes, single now, too), it’s always very satisfying to put together a recipe or bake a couple loaves of bread. You put this new and interesting time into words for me.