When we make a wish, we start with the words "I want", followed by the specific outcome our heart desires. We leave the "how" our wishes are going to come true to that something that is far greater than us, whatever you choose to call it. (To learn more about the "how" or "why" wishing works, check out the "Why Does Wishing Work?" post.) We do follow some basic rules, though, about making wishes, the most important of which is never to wish harm on any creature.
Here are some of the other guidelines:
Keep your wishes short - 14 words is about right because that is what a person can say within a single breath.
Be as clear and specific about the outcome you desire as you can be. For example, you can say, “I want the perfect house for me, living in a pine forest with minimal maintenance.”
Revisit your wish at least weekly, reading it out loud, and imagining all the good feelings that will accompany the realization of that wish.
The photo featured in this post was taken by (and is copyrighted by) Margaret A. Herrick.