I read through the entire thread and I think these haven't been mentioned.
1. Always have music on when you cook. Makes the food taste better. Engages your senses. 2. Cooking Thai food has made me understand balance and harmony. Balance sweet, salty, spicy and sour. This is true in all cooking, not just Thai. 3. Acidity is as important as salt. You need at least 3 different kinds of vinegar at your disposal, and preferably a bunch of fresh citrus as well. 4. The moment you start taking food too seriously is the moment where you need to truck on over to McDonalds, order a large fries and take yourself down a notch. 5. Only use white plates. They make the simplest food look like a masterpiece.