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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Finding Happiness in Unusual Ways

Courtesy Waves for Water
Let’s face it, there are days when it seems we just cannot hope. The reasons can be as drastic as a lay-off, a divorce or separation, ill-health or as simple as nothing good on television to look at. Unhappiness means different things to different people. For some it is just a phase, for others it so severe it can lead to suicide. But whatever the reasons or depth, unhappiness and depression can be overcome.

First, LAUGH at your very own mistakes and misfortunes

If you take yourself too seriously, the slightest mistake will make you miserable. There is nothing wrong in striving for high standards, however, to err is human, and we must understand this to keep ourselves grounded and sane. Mistakes are meant to be learnt from and try to find the humorous side of it. I am sure there are times you have looked back at the past and had a good laugh at something that was, at the time, downright embarrassing. Don’t wait until it has passed but laugh at the mishap now.

Secondly, Bring out the child in you.

Ah, the joys of childhood, when the only thing that mattered was doing homework or not getting caught stealing cookies… when The simplest toy would bring hours of pleasure or watching your favourite cartoon. Remember those times? Just sitting down reminiscing about childhood days can bring a smile to your heart. Or even, going out and buying your favorite ice-cream and watching a nice cartoon on TV. You are not restricted to mature shows because you are an adult. A children’s show can be just as entertaining. But you know, actually keeping company with children can bring you happiness. Go to the playground and watch the children having fun. Visit a Children’s home and carry toys or other necessities for them or just spend time reading a story for them. All these can take away the pain or depression you may be feeling.

Thirdly, List all your Achievements

What were some of your best achievements that made you happy? Passing your first math test? Scoring your first goal? Graduating from college? Sit down and make a list of all the things you have ever achieved in your lifetime. When you do this you will realize how talented and unique you are. One thing I have realized is that people who are not academically inclined, usually have a talent to compensate. I had a friend who hated school, but loved cars. He now has his own garage fixing cars and is doing quite well. Find that one thing you love and do something with it. Don’t give up and when you have accomplished what you set out to do, there will be no words to express the joy you will feel.

Fourthly, Counsel and help others.

There is a saying that goes something like “when you think you have problems, there is someone who has more than you”.

If you think you have problems, think again. There is someone out there worse off than you. One of the ways to take your mind off of your own concerns is to listen to others – and help them find solutions. There are so many people out there who need help. Some of the people who were victims of Hurricane Sandy need a lot of help. They have lost homes and lifetime belongings. If it is possible, find a way to help those victims, in whatever small way you can, and experience the feeling of satisfaction and happiness that this will bring.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Get Rid of the Boredom

If there is no definite purpose to your life, no clear plans or future prospects, then you are setting yourself up for a life boredom! There has to be something to look forward to waking up everyday for, something that excites you to go to sleep at night and wake up the following day. Without a sense of purpose, depression, sadness and boredom can easily creep in. So what do you do to ensure that life is full of energy and excitement? Here are five tips to getting rid of boredom.

1. Travel. Now I don’t mean out of the country. There are places right in your own back yard, so to speak, that I’m sure you’ve never visited. A nice trip to the countryside, or even visiting tourist landmarks are a nice way to enjoy the day. Take pictures, frame them and hang them on your wall to enjoy the memories on those days you are not able to go out. Then, if you can afford it, take a trip overseas. Once a year can do the trick. Memories of overseas trips can last a long time.

2. Get a pet. It can be any animal that suits your fancy. I had a pet cat once, and she was the most loving animal I’ve ever known, and always did things to make me laugh. If you do decide to get a cat, get one from a kitten, so you can train it to follow your rules. You’ll be surprised at how smart they are.

3. Grow a garden. If you are not familiar with gardening, start with just a plant. Read as much as you can about caring for plants and once you have nurtured and seen great results, it will inspire you to grow more. When I moved into my own home, I borrowed a plant from my mother. It lasted a while, but died afterward. This inspired me to learn about caring for plants. I asked my father, who was into planting (he loved planting vegetables). He showed me how to care for plants, whether fruit trees, flowering plants or herbs. Pretty soon I had a nice garden and the feeling of accomplishment was great. It really made me happy and I looked forward to caring for my garden everyday.

4. Learn to cook. Admittedly cooking is not one of my favorite hobbies. But who knows, it could be yours. In this day of dieting and eating healthy, cooking your own food is a sure of staying healthy and happy. I have a few friends who started cooking as a hobby and now they have their own catering business. This can happen to you too.

5. Exercise. Exercise is a fun way to get rid of boredom. There a lots of ways to exercise. Go walking out in the open, which is also a great way of getting fresh air. Join a gym, where you can meet new people and build friendships. Right at home, by watching videos or playing wii games. After exercise you will be surprised at how energetic and relaxing you will feel.

If it is possible have someone join you in your activities. Sharing is a wonderful way to get encouragement and enthusiasm to achieve your goals. Once you have found your purpose, I can guarantee it will bring you happiness.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Philip Verghese "Ariel of

I wish to thank him tremendously for this award and giving me the inspiration to continue posting.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Best Follower Award from Kimberly

I have received another award from Kimberly - Stuff could Always be Worse.

Thanks again Kimberly. I do love reading her blog. She is a very strong and confident person and she inspires me a lot.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sixth Tag from Kimberley

I got this tag from Kimberly - Stuff could always be worse
Your mission, should you choose to accept is: go to your Pictures folder and:
1) Go to your sixth folder, then
2) Pick the sixth picture in that folder, then
3) Upload picture and write a story on that picture, then
4) Challenge 6 blog friends to do the same.

So here's my pic and story:

Well, maybe not the most exciting of pictures but there is nice story behind it.

This is cake from my last daughter's baptism. She was baptised or christened as some people say when she was one year old. She is now three.

We had to wait a little because she was born premature and then when we decided the time was right to baptise her we had to take classes for a month. After the classes, the priest did not call us until about one month after that, so there was a little delay, but eventually it did happen. Unfortunately we did not get pictures at the church for the actual baptism but a lot of pictures at the party.

She behaved really well at the baptism - did not fuss or cry. It was a really happy day for us all. It seems like just yesterday she was a baby, now she is growing and bossing everybody around. They just don't remain babies for too long. :)

Okay here are my six blog friends to take up the challenge:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Reach for the Elusive Happiness - Free mp3!

I think we have had enough reading for now. I want to offer you a free mp3 entitled: "Reach for the Elusive Happiness".

Whenever you feel down or the need for a little inspiration, listen to it to help you feel better. Download it here:

Just right click and save it to your computer, and listen whenever you have time. If you have any problems, please let me know.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Quotes

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. - Gretta Brooker Palmer

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. - Werner Erhard

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Ghandi

Some pursue happiness, others create it.

Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

If you are not happy here and now, you will never be. Taisen Deshimaru

Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it.

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. - Henry Ward Beecher

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. - Frederick Keonig

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - Dalai Lama

If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy