Thursday, 17 September 2015

Be Happy

The last chapter of the book "Winning The Game of Life" was on being happy. After writing about steps to be successful, Adam Khoo aptly finished off the book with this fundamental trait yet may be difficult for some people. Many of us have heard of the stories of successful people, how they managed to get out of their comfort zones and strived for the best to succeed in all areas of their life. But have you ever thought that not all of them know how to be happy and be contented despite all they have achieved?

Some people have to follow certain rules they have made up themselves to be happy. For instance, if things go according to my plans, I will be happy. If I managed to tick everything off my places-to-visit list, I will be happy. If I can buy the house/car, I will be happy. The list goes on and on. But what if I tell you, the happiness that induced from obliging all these rules are only short-term, only to leave you soon after and for all you know, you will start chasing other things to make yourself happy again? This can be an endless chase.

Adam, in the book, wrote that to be happy it has to come from your inner self, which I wholly agreed. External success and achievements won't make you happy forever but only temporarily. If you can be happy even when progressing through the journey of achieving your goals, you can be rest assured that you will be happy even at the slightest things. Study has showed that when one is happy and motivated, one can make better decisions and produce a more positive results, than the one who is always worried, depressed and pessimistic. After all, what's the point of achieving everything in the world but left hopeless in the end?

As a Christian, I ought to live my life being happy and contented because this is how being in a relationship with God feels like. I am extremely fortunate to be able to feel this unconditional love day in day out. While I have to admit that I don't always feel happy, I will always try to cheer myself up. One of the ways I have been doing personally is by simply smiling. Apparently by smiling alone (even a fake smile!) can release dopamine and serotonin in your brain, inducing a feeling of happiness. Not only that you will feel happier, you will draw people to you because again, people are naturally attracted to persons who can make them feel good/happy/positive!

Why don't you smile more today?! :D C'mon, give it a try!

"Always remember to smile and be happy, because life is too short to be depressed about."

Signing off.

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