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

Searching for Happiness? Know your Heart.

“Devote yourself to what gives you meaning.”- Morrie Swartz

I have a question for you today. Do you love what you do now?

If your answer is Yes, that is great! I am happy for you!

But if your answer is NO, then why do you do it? For whatever reasons you may have, I want you to consider deeply if it is worth sacrificing your chance to live a happier life.

I believe that God has bestowed upon each one of us talents and abilities. It is our duty to unlock, develop and utilize them. If we love something and we have the talent and the ability to do it, then we owe it to ourselves to pursue it. If we are scared to move out of our comfort zones, then we are compromising our chance to truly live a joyful life.

We only have one life. I think that the best way to live it is by doing the things that give us fulfillment, purpose, and satisfaction.

I like how Barbara Sheer put it: “Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they’re moving toward getting it. That’s what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love.”

In decision-making, it is not always wise to think logically. Sometimes, in order to live a happier life, we must learn to listen to what our hearts say. Remember: Where your heart is, that’s where your treasure would be!  If you don’t trust me, I’m sure the internet could provide you a list of inspiring people who followed their passions and found amazing success!:)

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Date Written: August 03, 2016

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Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking, Uncategorized

Let’s Plant Life Seeds!- Seed#1:DREAM

There are 5 things things in life that we know are important, but do not treat with much importance. You see, simply knowing is useless until what we know is applied and manifested in our behavior or actions.

Let me give you 2 simple facts:

1. OUR TIME ON EARTH IS LIMITED. The average life expectancy of a person is 78.8 years according to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

2. WHAT YOU PLANT IN YOUR EARLY YEARS, YOU WILL REAP IN YOUR LATER YEARS.

Some people would see our life as a book, and we’re the authors.
For this time, I want us to picture our life as a garden and we’re the gardeners planting the seeds that we will reap later in our life.

For today, let’s talk about the first seed that we need to plant and I hope that you will ponder on it like I do. 🙂

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“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you” -Jeremiah 29:11

I want to believe that God did not put us here on earth merely to exist. We have a purpose. And this purpose in embedded to us when we were born. Aren’t you wondering sometimes why people should have different personalities, interests & skills? Unlike other living creatures, we are the only ones who have unique preferences and potentials. Could they be clues to God’s plan for us? Could they be the hints to our purpose?

What is your Dream?
What skills are you good at that you also love doing?
How will you profit and how can you serve others with that dream?

I know I love to write.
And I also think that I have a skill in writing (please let me know otherwise so I’d immediately kill my delusion of becoming a writer right away!)
How will I profit from it? On the financial aspect, I do not know yet- but I know that it makes me happy, it nourishes my soul, it uplifts my spirit, and it also helps with my mental health.

When I started this blog, I planted my dream seed.

I also have a more personal dream. I dream of a happy family.
I want to stay in-love with my husband.
I want to have a closer connection with my daughter.
I want to have a close relationship with our family (our parents & siblings).

And so I plant seeds for this dream. From a simple ritual to making sure to kiss & hug to spending quality time- one on one and as a family.  We’re not a perfect family (believe me when I say we do have our fare share of disagreements and fights) but we  do our best to do daily acts of love and have fun together.

I read from a book that “If you want to keep your family home, make it a happy home.”

What are your dreams and heart’s desires? What do you do or have done to make it your reality?

 

nina-feb

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Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

Know Yourself to be Happy

 

“When you know yourself you are empowered. When you accept yourself you are invincible.” ~ Tina Lifford

Do you ever wonder why sometimes, we find ourselves lonely despite our so-called achievements and success? I can think of one reason- because we don’t know who we are. We don’t know what exactly we want in life and we don’t know our purpose. This is why we feel lost and unfulfilled. No wonder even the most successful or wealthy people find themselves being depressed or suicidal.

I strongly believe that to be genuinely happy, we need to know ourselves. We have to figure out what we want so that we can focus and direct our energy and time to that purpose, and not go around wasting another minute of our lives doing the things that don’t give meaning to us.

So why don’t we try to sit down for a while and talk to ourselves as if we are talking to a friend… “What do we like to do?”,  “Can we share that with other people?”, “Would they benefit from it?”,  “Would You benefit from it?”, “Will that make a positive impact in their lives?

If your answer is YES to all these, then start figuring out what can you do NOW in order for you to do what you want to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a major step…baby steps are fine, for as long as you are acting on it. Believe me, even the “process” or “journey” itself is enough to change that feeling of loneliness into happiness.

I say good luck to getting to know yourselves and I hope you’ll find joy in discovering your life’s purpose.

Have a happy and meaningful life! =)

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Written: May 26, 2016

Posted in Inspirational, Relationships

Happiness…want some?

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are Something To Do, Something To Love, and Something to Hope for.”- George Washington Burnap

I love George’s essentials to Happiness. I agree with him 100%. According to him, people are happy when they have these 3 things:
1. Something to Do.

Whenever my mom comes to visit us (my family or my sisters’), she is always “on the move”. She cooks for us, she feeds my daughter, she does whatever household chore she could do in our home and I don’t stop her- okay, I help her instead :). Why do I allow her to do the things she does? Because it makes her happy to do so.

The reason is obvious. When we have something to do, we have a purpose. It gives us the feeling that we are useful and needed. It gives us a sense of fulfillment.

2. Someone to Love.

Show me a person in a healthy loving relationship and I’ll show you a happy person. Show me someone who lives selfishly alone and I’ll show you one miserable being.

Everybody needs to love and be loved. That is how we are designed by our Creator. The fish is designed to live in the water- take it from the water and it dies. A bird is designed to fly in the air. Put it in the water and it dies. When God created man, He said that “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18). We are designed to be with someone to share the gift of love. Take love away from us and we die too.

3. Something to Hope for.

If we have something to look forward to everyday, it excites us. For some, it gives them a sense of direction in life- a goal to strive for.

It is lonely when life is just a pattern of “waking up- eating- going to work- going home- sleeping”… Surely there must be something more about life that we could hope for.

So my dear friends, if you want to live happier, you know what to look for. They are definitely out there somewhere for us to discover! 🙂

nina-feb

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

Live Light. Live Mighty.

Today, I want to share with you 2 great life lessons that I personally believe would make a difference in the way we view life and the world around us, IF only we live by them.

Lesson #1: FORGIVE YOURSELF AND FORGIVE OTHERS

“Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive.”- Anonymous

Forgive yourself for the wrong choices and decisions you’ve made,  for not being good enough, for not being open, for not trying harder, for not reaching out. Forgive yourself for your failures and for the things that you did not do.

Forgive others for hurting you, for not appreciating you, for taking advantage of you, and for the wrong things done to you.

Not many people realize that when we forgive, we do ourselves favor. Forgiveness liberates us from the negative emotions that consume us. It frees us from anger, hatred and regrets. Forgiveness gives us peace and enables us to move forward.

 

Lesson #2: SEEK SIGNIFICANCE, NOT MATERIAL WEALTH

“Do the things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied…”– Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.
When we die, we cannot bring our wealth with us. Our fame will eventually be forgotten. Our achievements will soon mean nothing. But what we will be remembered for are the things that we did to and for other people. How we made them feel. How we gave a part of ourselves to them.

So invest in people. Share your time. Be concern and compassionate. Nourish and dig deeper your relationships with your friends and family. Make it your purpose to share what you can give to the people around you.

I have not experienced dying, but I know that I would go happy and peacefully when I will have people who loves me in my deathbed. I would not trade that to any treasure in the world.
Choose LOVE over hate.
Choose KINDNESS over greed.
Choose FORGIVENESS over hatred.
Choose to be HAPPY by making the world around you happy. 🙂

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Date Written: June 16, 2016

Posted in Blogging

A Blog Worth Sharing #5- The Heart Way

Hello Everyone!

Today, I am going to share with you another blog that truly touches me in a very encouraging and inspiring way. I am sharing 2 posts, but if you are going to visit and read the other posts on this blog, you will definitely take away a lot of wisdom.

 

Thank you Gal Hanukaev for your “heartful” blog. I hope to see more writers like you in the blogging community. Keep doing what you do! Continue to touch Hearts and inspire Souls!  🙂

 

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BLOG NAME: TheHeartWay

POSTS:
Your Duty To The World

“How dare you NOT stand out? It is a shame of you not to share your gift with world! What about all the people you can touch? What about the inspiration and love you can spread? If you spare the world your gift, you may take away many smiles from the people who would love your work.”

What Kind of Tree Are You?

“Look inside and examine who you really are in the most objective way possible (this is a high level of maturity – objectivity). Don’t judge or criticize what you find inside; if you don’t like what you found inside, just understand that you can change and go get the information needed for you to do that.”

 

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