"Laughter shall fuel your spirit's engine."
I received this cookie insert prior to the Thanksgiving break. Note the use of "shall" - "Laughter shall fuel your spirit's engine." Does the inclusion of this one forward-seeming word make this cookie insert an actual fortune? My friend Nick counts any type of forward-looking statement that is a type of prediction as a fortune. This rule allows him to categorize a recent cookie insert as an actual fortune: "The best times of your life have not yet been lived." Under the same rule, however, the following cookie insert is not a fortune: "People are naturally attracted to you." (This is not to say that either of these is untrue; the distinction is between fortunes and not-a-fortunes.)
I tend to require the use of "will" (or "shall") - as in "you will _____" - in order to categorize a cookie insert as an actual fortune. Otherwise what I'm reading is most likely a proverb of some sort. What makes a cookie insert an actual fortune for you?