Posted in Life & Wellness, Relationships

The Beauty of Living in Simplicity

“The people who keep their lifestyle natural as much as possible to the decency level meet quite often in life a beautiful person.” – Anuj Somany

Let me tell you a real life story of someone I know who is very famous and successful.
His dad was an assistant VP on a humongous company, and yet he did not grow up pampered and spoiled as most rich kids are. His parents lived a life of simplicity- they did not live in a mansion nor owned luxury cars. Theirs is just a typical medium-size home and a Toyota car of more than 10 years old.

In his elementary days, he was taught to commute going to and from school. And he looks forward to every Sunday because that is the only time they are allowed to drink Coke. He also did not own a lot of toys- but then once a week, he and his dad visited the mall and there he would see all the toys that he loved and he would imagine that he owned all of them. He and his dad would also always try to look for something that they could give her mom when they go home.

Now, you would think that he was deprived, but you know what, you’ll be surprised to know that he never felt that way. Because he was always treated with much care and love. He need not do anything to get attention from his parents.

Everyday, he and his dad would jog together on their garage… and then he would sit on his dad’s lap and they talk about anything in the world. After dinner, he and his dad would sit beside each other and read their favorite comics until it’s time for bed. After praying as a family, he would see his parents in their bedroom- where his dad was seated on his chair, and her mom standing behind him, massaging his back while the they talked about how their day was.

This is the beauty of living in simplicity. Imagine if his parents chose to live in a more luxurious manner. His dad would then have to work overtime to pay off the bills- he would get too tired everyday to even spend time talking to his boy and wife every night. He might also be haggard and ill-tempered brought about by stress. And his mom would perhaps even need to find work to help with the finances.

Who would then jog with this poor boy everyday? and talk to him and answer his unending questions about the world? and who would then read comic books with him? and go hanging out to the mall with him? … and would he be the successful person he is today both in his career and family, if his childhood experience would have been different?

I hope his story moves you. It definitely inspired me. Let’s not forget that how we choose to live our life does not only affect our own happiness, but also the happiness of the people that we love! 🙂

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A Blog Worth Sharing #7- Gilmours Nice Place

Hello Everyone! 🙂

Today, I am very excited to share with you one of my favorite blogs. I like that the style is different from the usual blogs that I read. It is artistic, intelligent, and funny too! 🙂 I strongly recommend that you visit and read this blog.

It is about “observations of modern day life observed through the eyes of two cats and a human.” I really enjoy this blog and I hope that you’d feel the same.

Thank you Allan Gilmour for your creativity and wit! You’re simply amazing!


BLOG NAME: Gilmours Nice Place

How to stop complaining, grumbling, and, moaning

“Mr Midnight had started  wearing a purple latex band around one of his legs and he was now proudly parading around the garden so that Sir Winston could see it.

SW-Avatar       What have you got tied to your leg Mr Midnight? It looks quite funny.

MM-Avatar       It´s a new therapy I´m practicing…”
Losing Control

 “MM-AvatarI´m glad that I´m a cat this time round daddy and not a human being.

author-Avatar       And why is that Mr Midnight?  Can you remember a disturbing event from one of your past lives or something?

MM-Avatar       Not really. I sometimes have strange flashbacks burning my brain but that could also have something to do with the fact that I haven´t drank enough fluids.

I don´t need to travel back to one of my past lives to be thankful that I´m a cat.

You human beings always remind me how good I´ve got it.”


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Posted in Random Happiness

More Awards for HappyLife101! :)

Blogger Recognition.pngMy sincere appreciation to Lacey of Big and Pinky Toes for the Blogger Recognition Award nomination, and to Miriam of The Showers of Blessing for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination. It always makes me happy and inspired whenever I get recognition for my blog.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 🙂

The rules for accepting these awards are:
1.Thank the one who nominated you and embed a link to their blog.
2.Share how you started your blog.
3.Give a little bit of advice that new bloggers can take away.
4.Answer their questions and give questions for your nominees to answer
5.Nominate 10 blogs and visit their blogs to let them know.

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Q: Share how you started your blog
A: It may sound cliche but I think that writing to provide inspiration to other people is why I started with my blog. I just asked a friend who knows more about blogging than I knew and then I started with my own. I wanted my blog to be about “happiness”…unfortunately, “the happy life” is not available so I have “thehappylife101” instead… I feel like the “101” makes it sound like a manual or sort of like that! 🙂

Q: Give a little bit of advice that new bloggers can take away.
A: Remember that not all people may like or agree with what you write, but this must not discourage you. Do not write to please others, otherwise, you’ll lose your purpose. Just write from the heart and respect your readers opinions. Also engage in the community by visiting, liking and commenting to other blogs. It will make it more fun and meaningful.

Q: When did you last cry in front of another person?
A: Last week when I watched “Train to Busan” hehehe

Q: What is the one thing you have tried but will never do again?                                                     A: Eat raw bitter melon or bitter gourd with marshmallow. I did that in a game we played on a teambuilding.

Q: Do you believe everyone needs a soulmate?
A: I’m not sure if everyone needs a soulmate but I like to believe that everyone has a soulmate.

Q: Have you ever succeeded when you thought you might fail?
A: When I was taking my licensure exam for professional teaching, my stomach is really hurting for some reason and I could not really concentrate 100%. I would not have been surprised if I have failed the exam, but luckily I passed! Yey! 🙂

Q: Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?
A: I’m more of an introvert. I’m not very outgoing and I am not the type who approach other people just to have conversation with them or make friends. But I am approachable. 🙂


1. Describe your blog in one sentence.
2. If you could be the opposite sex in one day, what would you do?
3. What trait do you love most about your self?
4. Who is your favorite person in the world and why?
5. What do you want people would remember you for?



Blogger Recognition Award:
Zen and the Art of Everyday Living
Gentlemen Project
Kavara Stories
Jeffrey H. King

Sunshine Blogger Award:
The Heart Way
Once Upon a Hotflash
Comically Quirky
That Geek There


Posted in Life & Wellness, Relationships

5 Rules for a Happier Relationships

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”- John Lennon

One of the things that makes a good life is having happy and healthy relationships with other people. But like all other good things in life, happy relationships are not worked out overnight. They need to be tended in order to flourish.

Here are my rules for a happier relationships:

1. Always Prioritize People Over Anything Else.

There was a time when some of our friends were going abroad to work, and they were encouraging us to do the same. But my husband refused saying that it is more important for him to be with family and spend time with family than to earn more money away from family.

This is what I mean when I say prioritize people. Sometimes, we may think that it is a difficult choice. But let me give you a scenario- imagine yourself on your deathbed, would you rather have with you your material possessions or the people who love and care for you?

2. Be Slow to Anger; and Be Quick to Forgive.

When we’re angry, we can do or say things that we do not mean and will regret eventually. We can apologize, but as they say, the damage has been done. This is why it is important to be slow to anger.

We have to accept the fact that people are not perfect and so are we. There will always be times when they will hurt us, or WE HURT THEM. But we should always remember one important thing- that we love them more! So be quick to say sorry and to forgive, and always remind ourselves to forget!

3. Show People they are Appreciated.

How many of us take the time to say “thank you” for the love and care that we get from family, friends, or colleagues? Sometimes, it is easy to forget- especially if it is “expected” of them or when “we’re used to” being treated as such. But you know what, it’s a wonderful feeling to be thanked and appreciated. Besides, don’t you think it’s more sensible to let people know that you appreciate them while they can still acknowledge it and be happy about it?

4. Set Special Time Together to Bond-Play and have fun!

If we want to build strong foundation for relationships, we need to be intentional in setting an exclusive time for bonding. It does not need to be an expensive experience. You can actually still do things that you can enjoy and have fun without spending a lot!

A simple picnic at your backyard, a movie-night with the whole family, random visits to friends or in-laws, a stroll at night with our spouses or partners, manicure-pedicure with our daughter and sports game with our son are just few of the things that we can do.

5. Hug More, Kiss More, and (say I Love You More!).

Hugging and kissing are gestures that when done appropriately are very uplifting. Sometimes, they are even more effective and speaks louder than words. They could mean “I love you”, “I care for you”, “You’re special”, “I’m happy for you”, “I’m here for you”, “You’re amazing”, “You make me proud”, “You’ll get through this”… and so much more!

And who would not want to hear “I love you” everyday? 🙂

As I always say, relationships matter. People are special and you are special. So let’s start treating each other as one.

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Posted in Life & Wellness, Positive Thinking, Random Happiness

The LOVE Freeware

Hello all!

I hope that everybody is having a fine week so far. I have a video in mind that I wanted to share with you today, but I incidentally came across this one and I really like it- so I decided to share this today instead.

The conversation that you’re about to read or watch is taken from the book of Praveen Verma entitled “Softwares of Positive Thinking.”  I really hope that you’ll  like it and more importantly, I hope that it will move you to assess your life especially your relationships with the people that are close to you.

P.S. The slides are a little fast, so I wrote down the conversation below. Here you go… 🙂


God’s Rep: May I help you?

Customer: I have this new program. I’m not very technical, but I think I am ready to install it now. What do I do first?

God’s Rep: The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART?

Customer: Yes I have, but there are several programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

God’s Rep: What programs are running?

Customer: Let me see… I have PASTHURT.EXE, LOWESTEEM.EXE. GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

God’s Rep: No problem. LOVE will automatically erase PASTHURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a module of it’s own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed.

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

God’s Rep: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, I’m done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

God’s Rep: Yes it is. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

God’s Rep: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other HEART’s in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops. I have an error message already. What should I do?

God’s Rep: What does the message say?

Customer: It says “ERROR 412 PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS.” What does that mean?

God’s Rep: Don’t worry. That’s a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set-up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things, but in non-technical terms it means you have to “LOVE” your own machine before it can “LOVE” others.

Customer: So what should I do?

God’s Rep: Can you find the directory called “SELF-ACCEPTANCE”?

Customer: Yes, I have it.

God’s Rep: Excellent, you are getting good at this.

Customer: Thank you… Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling-up with really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now, and it shows that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART!

God’s Rep: Then LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go.

Customer: Yes?

God’s Rep: LOVE is a freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some really neat modules back to you.

Customer: I will. Thank you for your help.

(Article Credit: “Softwares of Positive Thinking” by Praveen Verma. Video taken from YouTube)

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A Blog Worth Sharing # 6- Zen and the Art of Everyday Living

Hello Everyone!

The blog that I am sharing with you today is one of the most helpful blogs I’ve encountered, especially when it comes to living mindfully and peacefully. The author, Richard Grumberg, has a very clear and easy to understand approach in his writings. I strongly recommend that you visit his blog… AND for the poetic bloggers, you may also like his other blog  575 Haiku Place.

Thank you Richard for teaching us the art of everyday living! Your amazing blog is truly inspirational and helpful.


BLOG NAME: Zen and the Art of Everyday Living
POST TITLE: The Path of Wisdom: Parenting the Inner Child

“Whether or not you believe in the concept of an ‘inner child’ (and no less a Zen Master than Thich Nhat Hanh is a strong proponent of it), we all know that just about every time we set out do something that will require any appreciable effort, our feelings will inevitably scream out, “I don’t want to! I don’t want to! Let’s just do that tomorrow!”

Conversely, any time we are tempted to do something that we know we shouldn’t do, our feelings will cry out, “But I want to! I want to! Do it! Do it! Do it!” Those feelings make up a large part of our inner child.

This is why I believe that parenting our inner child, which is predisposed to avoiding pain and seeking pleasure, is one of the greatest skills any human being can develop if they want to successfully do just about anything involving any appreciable effort.”

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A little note from me… :)

To my dear Readers,

I want to apologize for the lack of new post last week. I was sick, but I am better now. 🙂

I also like to thank my new readers and followers. It makes me happy to see that despite not being able to write for a week, I get new followers each day. THANK YOU!

And to my old blogger friends, thank you for your constant visit and continuous support for my blog. I know I have a lot of reading and catching up to do but I will definitely set a time to visit your amazing blogs and read your insightful posts.

I wish everyone a great and happy week ahead. Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart…


Nina 🙂