Friday, November 25, 2011

10 Secrets to Happiness

10 Secrets to Happiness

10 Secrets to Happiness I learnt from Andrew Matthews

Andrew Matthews

1) Be happy where you are now

Right now! Be thankful for what you have, instead of moaning about what you lack. Be satisfied with what you have when you are in pursuit of what you want.

2) Happiness, more than anything, is a choice we make every day

Happiness is a conscious decision. You choose to be happy today or you choose to be miserable. Your action/reaction is determined by how you choose to perceive a situation. Andrew gave an amusing illustration of a couple surrounded by a pack of crocodiles. The man thought “OMG Crocodiles!” while his wife thought “OMG Handbags!”

3) Happiness is understanding the things we can’t change yet and working on those we can

Some things are hard to change overnight. It’s unusual to change from a pauper into a millionaire in a day. Happiness is knowing that some things take more time. We can start by working on what we can change immediately.

4) Put a smile on your face. It changes how you think.

I was teaching a friend to ice-skate last Friday evening and there was this beautiful girl I met while getting a drink. She smiled as we both walked towards the vending machine. I smiled back and allowed her to buy her drink first.

While on the ice-skating rink, we passed each other a couple of times. I was trying to keep my friend on his feet while she was falling happily on the ice with hers. Our eyes met again. She smiled and I smiled back.

Then as she was making her way out of the rink, I smiled and waved goodbye. She smiled back. I could hear her friends asking “Is that your friend?” I didn’t catch her reply but I remembered her turning towards me with another smile. I returned the smile with a wave to her bewildered friends.

We didn’t exchange a single word. We didn’t need to. The smiles were enough to brighten up both our days.

5) Whatever you get, accept it and deal with it

All too often, when something bad happens, we are too quick to point fingers and start placing blame on everyone else. Happiness is about accepting responsibility and dealing with what comes your way. Blaming the whole world is not going to solve anything.

6) Problems = Catalyst to take Action

Andrew advises to see problems as a catalyst for us to take action. Problems are good teachers, so learn to love them. Next time, when you face a problem at work/in business, remember to run up to your boss/partner and say, “We have a huge opportunity!”

7) Learn from the elephants!

How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time.

What did the elephant say to the naked man?
Answer: How do you breathe through that thing?

8) Put everything you have into whatever you are doing now

Do your best (100%) and life will support you!

9) It’s not what you get. It’s what you become that matters

Know what to expect – Expect a better you.

10) No one else is going to make you happier. Work on yourself.

A lot of people get things mixed up. A wife thinks about all the bad things her husband does while a widow remembers all the good stuff. That is the ultimate recipe for misery! Isn’t it better to switch the lists around?

Work on your mindset. See things from a positive light.


Happiness is in the way you think. No one can make you happy except yourself.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

One Community * A New Way of Life!

Conscious and Conscientious

The founders of One Community are consciously and conscientiously creating a space to benefit the entire human organism; and we are excited to partner with other awake and aware individuals who agree that we as a species are ready to do better. Let’s face the facts: part of being consciously creating a better world as our children's children's planet“conscious” includes an objective and honest assessment of what is really possible when we decide to do something different, and for those of us already traveling in this direction the path is obvious. So let’s work together so we can get there faster.
What we are creating, and are establishing ourselves to continuously create, is a collaborative, constantly growing and evolving, completely open source contributor to global advancements in sustainability, social architecture, fulfilled living practices, education and more. If you are someone already making strides in these directions, or someone who has just known for a long time that this is the path but not had the vehicle to do something, take a look at what we are doing. We can help, we have specific ways we need help, and we are constantly looking for more ways in which to bring together, and be a part of, the creation of this blossoming human story.

"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model.

You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called."
~ Buckminster Fuller ~


Spiralling Xiu Ming!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011