Posted in Life & Wellness, Motivational

How Did You Live Today?

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

If I were to rate how I have lived my life for today, I give it 4/10 (with 10 being the highest). Let me tell you why.

I had the chance to stay at home for 11 or 12 hours before going to work again BUT…

– I didn’t play or had a one on one, heart to heart time with my daughter.

– I didn’t talk to my husband or even asked him how his day was.

– I didn’t get off the bed when I woke up to do much needed exercise.

– I didn’t pray.

– I didn’t enjoy all the beautiful things waiting for me outdoor… I didn’t appreciate the sunny afternoon which could have been a perfect time to do cloud-watching with Gaby, or to watch her play with the other kids in our mini-park.

– I didn’t read a book, nor watch one of the videos for a training that I enrolled myself to.

I was not productive. I was just…lazy.
In other words, I took for granted the wonderful opportunities that TODAY has just offered me.

Most of the time, we may or may not be aware, we tend to neglect the things that we have in abundance.

We don’t take time to appreciate our family because subconsiously, we know that they’ll just be around…

Because of the high-tech generation today, we’re missing the beauty of personal human interaction…

We’re so absorbed in our computers or cellphones, we don’t go out to smell the flowers, to feel the grass on our feet, to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy nature…

Today, I was lazy to live. But tomorrow, I’ll live a day in my life to the fullest! I hope you do the same!

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A Happy Story #2- Goldfish In A Cup

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Happiness resides in the smallest things. Here’s a poem about one of my favorite childhood memories – eating Goldfish from a cup with my mom:

Goldfish In A Cup
A plastic cup in cartoon clothes
Holds goldfish to the brim
Mom picks one from the top and makes it fly
Airplane noises and spitting engines
Land the cracker on my tongue

I pick another from the cup
And make it fly, just as well
As high as my arm can reach
Mom bends down and guides my hand
So I can make fish fly for her, as she did for me

Mom picks me up and I fly
Instinctually, I spread my wings
She tells me one day I will fly on my own
So I remind her people can’t fly
You’re right, my love, people can’t fly, she sings

But you, you are not people
You are single, you are unique
You are my gold fish in a sea of green
And you will fly, my love
Just you wait and see

Thank you KavaraStories for inspiring us with your happy childhood story. 🙂

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Posted in Positive Thinking, Random Happiness

The Gift of Happiness :)

Hello Everyone! 🙂

This has been a project of my blog that was held back for a while, and now I would like to promote it again.

For those who would like to share their stories, I encourage you to continue reading. I hope that you will help me share happiness to the blogging community.

As always, I thank you and appreciate all your support! 🙂


 

As I have mentioned on my earlier note today, I will be posting on my blog “Happiness Stories” from me and other people, which I pray will help inspire others and make us all realize that happiness is real and is just around the corner.

I do not want this to be my personal experience. I want this to be OUR experience together so help me spread positivity to others by sharing to us YOUR stories. It can be anything as long as it made you happy.  You never know how many lives you may get to inspire!

To contribute your stories, you may use Contact Me or send  an email at thehappylife101.wp@gmail.com

THE RULES:

Rule#1: Email Subject should be “Happiness Story”
Rule#2: Make it at least 1-2 paragraphs. It can be longer up to 4 paragraphs.
Rule#3: You can choose to stay Anonymous (just provide your first name and the place where you’re from); OR you can indicate if you want me to include your name & blog. 🙂

I believe that we have a happy God who delights in knowing that we all experience real happiness in the world! So let’s start sharing the gift of happiness to others… 🙂

Cheers,
Nina 🙂 ❤

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Posted in Inspirational, Life & Wellness, Positive Thinking, Psychology

Happiness Around the Corner

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”- J.R.R. Tolien

HAPPINESS. It is the one thing that almost all of us strive to have.

For some of us, it is very easy to achieve, yet to some it is very difficult- like solving advance trigonometry in 30 seconds!

I want to emphasize that happiness is found in many things. It is us being with the ones we love, it is the smiles that we see from the people we care about, it is us enjoying good times around friends, it is us eating sumptuous meal with our favorite people, it is us listening to good music,  it is us doing what we love the most…

I want to share with you a short video clip from one of the movies that I’ve watched which shows a very good example of happiness. The song that they sung (the lyrics are below) also reminds us to live life at present, and living it the best we could.

I hope that you will find inspiration from the video and the song. Stay happy! 🙂

Don’t look too far. Sometimes, Happiness is just around the corner. 🙂

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Date Written: July 12, 2016
Posted in Life & Wellness, Motivational, Positive Thinking

It is OK to say NO!

“When you say ‘Yes’ to Others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to Yourself.”- Paulo Coelho

Usually, we look for things that would make us happy. Sometimes, we forget that another way to be happy is to eliminate the things or reject the people who makes us unhappy.

We put up with people because we consider them friends or they are part of the family. We listen to them whine about their misfortunes, cry over heartbreaks to the nth time, or vent their anger and frustrations. We become the sponge who absorb their negativity.

There are times when we can not reject a favor requested by our boss or a work colleague simply because we are just too shy to say no, or we have this “image” that we want to maintain. There are things that we no longer like to do but keep doing them because they have been considered as traditions, or they have been part of a routine that started ever since no one can even remember!

If we do not learn how to say “No” to the things and to people who stress us out and make us uncomfortable, then we will always find ourselves in an unhappy situation. 

So, the next time someone approaches you to have you do something that you don’t like to do, just take a deep breath and then say NO. Remember that you don’t have to justify your answer for the sake of maintaining a “nice image”. 🙂


Date Written: June 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

Posted in Motivational, Positive Thinking

Who Are You?

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

There are 5 types of people in the world:

  1. Those who do not know what they want in life, and do nothing about it.
  2. Those who know what they want in life, but don’t know what to do to achieve it.
  3. Those who know what they want in life, know what to do but do nothing.
  4. Those who know what they want in life, know what to do, and do something about it – but inconsistently (by the way, they are also the ones who easily gives up!)
  5. Those who know what they want in life, and do everything they can in their power to achieve it.

My friends, to be happy, it is not enough that one must know what he or she wants in life. It is important to DO something about it.

God has given us resources. All we need to do is use them! 🙂

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Date Written: August 16, 2016

Posted in Life & Wellness, Motivational, Psychology

Take the Driver’s Seat!

“Either You Run the Day or the Day Runs You”- Jim Rohn

They say that life is a journey. If that’s the case, I say Congratulations! That makes you an automatic driver! Now, if you’re a good driver, you’re definitely going to make it to your destination. BUT if you’re a lousy driver, you might get hit and hurt, (or do that to another “driver”) and you’re on your way to total disaster.

So, lets get familiarized with some of life’s traffic lights and signs before you go hit the road!

  • STOP:

We live in a fast-paced environment where every second count and everyone is in a hurry. If you think we accomplish more by being always on the go, think again. We all need to take a break, otherwise we get burnt-out.  Also, when we’re always rushing through life, we missed out opportunities. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not endured. It’s nice to pause once in a while and smell the roses too.

  • READY & GO:

Be ready for life by equipping your self with the right attitude. Remember that your life is how you make it. Help your self attain success by breaking down your major goals into tiny goals that you can achieve. Be aware that there will be “road blocks”, and know that you only fail if you don’t try to overcome them. Think positive and believe in what you can do!

  • PITSTOP:

When  you are not feeling good, you have to do a “Self-check”. Revisit the different aspects of your life and see how you are doing physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. Normally, if we are bothered or feeling something unpleasant, it is our Self telling us that we need to change something in us.

  • U-TURN:

Reflect on previous experience. Be it good or bad, there is always something worth remembering. Even Albert Einstein said that “The only source of knowledge is Experience.”

  • DETOUR:

Sometimes, unexpected and even unpleasant things happen. It is during this occasions that we need to be brave, to go out of our comfort zones, and take risks. We should rise to the challenge and respond to the opportunity that is  given to us!

Enjoy your journey and drive safely! 🙂

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Date Written: June 30, 2016

Posted in Life & Wellness, Motivational, Positive Thinking

Today will be Better!

“I wake up every morning believing today is going be better than yesterday.”             -Will Smith

Have you ever experienced waking up so refreshed, full of energy and high-spirited, but so stressed and worn-out at the end of the day? I admit that I do too, sometimes- during those times when I forget that I can be in control.

You see, people wake up everyday in an auto-pilot mode. We do the same stuff that we do, and we usually treat situations almost the same as we always do. As a result, we experience more or less the same things. Unfortunately, we also experience the not-so-favorable things because we usually let others dictate and influence how we will act.

Here’s a good fact: We have the power to be in-charge and we can choose how to run this day!

Let me share with you some tips that works well with me.

1. Appreciate that you are given one more day to live. Treat it a little more special by doing something extraordinary or unusual.

2. Decide that it will be a good day, and commit your actions to support that decision. This mindset will greatly influence the way that you react to things.

3. Let go of the thoughts that does not make you strong. Don’t dwell on previous negative experience nor stress out on the things that will not happen.

4. When you make a mistake, don’t be hard on your self. Every mistake is an opportunity to grow wiser, stronger, and better. As my previous boss used to tell me before when I make an error, “It’s okay, nobody died!”

5. Before you retire, replay in your mind what happened today.
Savor the good things, and then analyze this: What could you have done differently to make this day much better? The good news is, you can always make tomorrow better than today.

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Date Written: June 28, 2016

Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

To be Happy, be Grateful

“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”- David Steindl-Rast

One of the things that many unhappy people have in common is their failure to see the good in a bad circumstance or situation…The problem is not really their inability to get what they want, but rather it is the lack of appreciation to the things that they already have. So how can we fix this?- by having a grateful heart.

I believe that gratitude contributes a lot to a person’s happiness. It boosts optimism and positivism. You see, unlike the pessimistic who sees the thorns on a rose, the grateful person sees the lovely rose on the thorns. The negative person sees the heartaches and headaches of the trying times, but the grateful person sees every moment as an opportunity, including the moment of difficulties- since he knows that it is during times of struggles that our faith &  strengths are tested. The grateful person says thank you for the tough times because he sees it as opportunity to know his weaknesses and learns from the experience.

People who are grateful are happier because they can see that both good and bad experience is a gift of blessing. Hence, they have a larger appreciation for life.They are happier because it is easier for them to find joy in small things. They delight in the simple pleasures of life.

If we have a grateful attitude, we will never fail to find a reason to be thankful for everyday.  If you think you ran out of reason, all you have to do is stop, pause a moment and look at the world around you. Look up and thank God for the sun that’s keeping us warm. Smell the flowers and be at awe of their beauty. Close your eyes and feel the wind on your face. Listen to your heartbeat and be thankful that you’re alive.

Today, I am making my personal commitment to start and end each day of my life with gratitude… a free ticket to a happier life!

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Date Written: May 26, 2016

Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

What I learned from Children

I would define CHILDREN as the happiest creatures in the world. Oh, don’t you just envy their enthusiasm and high-spirits!

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In my pondering, I realize that there are really some great things that we can learn from them- the actual simple reasons why they are always happy.

Here we go…

#1: Children love unconditionally.

They don’t have any hidden motives or agenda. They don’t say “I love you IF you are…”, or “I love you WHEN you…”…they just simply love for the mere fact of loving someone.

I remember one time when my daughter, Gaby told me that she loves me. I asked her why and I was astonished with her response: “Because I am happy with you.” My heart just melts with joy every time I remember that.

#2: Children apologize and forgive easily.

Unlike adults, children don’t hold grudges. They get angry and fight, but they make up easily and then forget about what happened– as if it never happened at all. There’s no wonder why most adults are bitter– ’cause we usually fool ourselves by forgiving but not forgetting.

#3: Children live in the present moment.

They don’t worry about tomorrow, nor dwell in the past. They are enjoying living the PRESENT! On the contrary, most adults can’t let go of their past experiences and they are always busy planning about the future and they missed out the opportunities that the present hold.

#4: Children don’t complicate things.

Things are simple for them. There are no “gray areas”. They only know the Right & Wrong. and the Good & Bad– not the “somewhat right” or “wrong only if…”

#5: They laugh their hearts out and they have fun a lot!

#6: They are easily pleased and find joy in simple things.

Just compare the response that you get when you give a candy or ice cream to a child and to an adult. 🙂

#7:  They don’t lie about how they feel.

Children let you know when they are upset or happy. They do not hide their emotions. Now when you ask an adult if there is something wrong, what is the common response? Most often than not, they say “I’m Fine” even if they’re not. So the negative emotions or feelings dwells in their hearts until the time when they would just explode!

#8: Children love being hugged and kissed a lot; and they are generous in giving hugs and kisses!

#9: Children are curious and loves to learn new things.

It boosts their self-esteem when they get to learn something, and this gives them happiness. Unfortunately, most adults have the tendency to become complacent and idle.

#10: Children know what they like and they don’t like.

If you ask a child what he or she wants, you get an answer right away… why is it that when we ask ourselves what we want, it is as if we’re answering a trigonometry equation?

Now, who says only adults can teach? 🙂

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Date Written: May 26, 2016