Sunday, 27 May 2007


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What do you understand by the word “Happiness”? Happiness lies in the hands of its creator – YOU. It is not about how you find it. It is about how you make it happen with the right attitude. It is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and being contented in applying whatever that is meaningful to your life. In short, the only source of happiness comes within your inner self.

Most people thought that they will be happy after they get married, have a child, maybe two or three. Paradigmatically they are wrong as they did realize how frustrated they could be waiting for the child to outgrow his age. Teenage period is always the hardest time for any parents to cope with. They will then assume that their lives will be complete when they get rich, buy a nice bungalow, buy a nice luxurious car, go for vacation at some fantasy island when they retire. How long do you think it will take? Tens of years right?

How many of you all have this kind of thoughts in your life? Are you really happy right now? Will happiness always be there for you? The truth is, there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, then when? Your life will always be filled with challenges until you grow old.

How do you measure the level of happiness? Basically, it comes in many characteristics where people tend to be happy.

1. HEALTH – physically and mentally healthy

2. WEALTH – having the purchasing power over materialism.

3. STATUS – being the boss and not the worker

4. KNOWLEDGE – well versed in their line of work without any setbacks.

5. FREEDOM – in control of own life rather than being controlled by external circumstances.

6. EVENTS – compliments, promotions, marriages, etc

7. SELF ACTUALIZATION – Self Esteem + Self Respect + Own Pride

8. ROUTINE FREE – breaking free from routine that will ruin one’s life

9. GOAL SETTING – knowing and discover what goal you want

10. COMPASSION – making others happy by sharing what you know and you will be happy as the result.

11. POSITIVE EMOTIONS – having the positive energy to lead a better life

12. SPIRITUAL BELIEF – having a pure and peaceful state of mind to eliminate negative emotions.

From the few characteristic factors that I have mentioned above, how many of you are really happy now? Spend some time to study within yourself. Are you on the right track of gaining happiness?

Below are two of my favourite quotes that inspired me to write this article on happiness:

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured.”

- Earl Nightingale

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi


Wuching said...

if you're happy & you know it clap your hands! *clap clap clap*

kayatan said...

If u are happy & you jump on high * Jump jump jump*

CRIZ LAI said...

wuching & kayatan: what are you two doing singing songs?? :P

papajoneh said...

I love this post. I love what Gandhi said.
I put it in my simple brain term.
"Be happy in everything for it is your own self who's going to experience it."
Don't worry be happy!
Great post again Criz. Thanks for the lotion comment at my blog. appreciate it much ;)

CRIZ LAI said...

papajoneh: you are welcome :)

zewt said...

well... i think i have most of it :)... except for status... i guess i am happy then.

CRIZ LAI said...

zewt: if you have 6/12 of it, you are already happy. You got 11/12? Wow...congrats :)

kayatan said...

Aiya, I am extremely happy that is why I jump jump jump :)-

I am very contented with what I have now. I am not as big boss as I used to be, ha ha ha ha ha but I have a very carefree life now. No need to listen to boss, no need to do a lot of things I don't like.

I have enough $ to where I don't have to work if I don't want to. I have good health since I became an bionic woman, ha ha ha ha.

And I have a handsome man to go tidur every nite and a handsome boy who tell me I am his best friend. So what else should I ask for ?
I am contented and happieeeeeee !

CRIZ LAI said...

kayatan: good to hear all that :)

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