Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 7)

by Patrick Liew on July 24, 2011

Happiness is a plan.

Like any plan, I must work on it so as to achieve the desired results.

The strategy for being happy is like a multiple-lane highway. Every lane serves a purpose and all the lanes support and reinforced each other.

I can choose to travel on one lane or even multiple lanes to enhance my happiness and well-being.

Let me share with you some of the lanes you can travel on.

Journaling. I put in black and white everything that I am grateful for in my life. By doing that, it will reinforce in my heart and mind the blessings that I have. By doing that, it will enhance my level of happiness.

Communication. When I express my gratitude, it will heighten my sense of appreciation and thanksgiving.

I can express it by sharing with my family, friends and the people I meet. It can also be done through different channels of communication, both online and offline.

Time. To enhance the value of gratefulness, I must make time to do it.

The good news is that I can literally do it anywhere, anytime, with any person, and in an infinite number of ways.

 I can literally be grateful on the go.

Appreciation. For as long as I can remember, I have made it a point to write short notes of appreciation to my friends.

They can be communicated through postcards, letters, emails, SMS, or through social media sites.

I can do it private or publicly.

More importantly, I have to do it sincerely, generously and constantly.

Sometimes, I will even read my letter of appreciation to them personally.

When I do that, I found that I became  a happier person.

Focus. There are days or moments when I will focus on one area of my life to be grateful about. It can be an aspect that is important to my state of mind or my work.

Alternatively, it can also be an area that I have not focused on or have ignored in my life.

Reframe. When something negative crosses my mind, I will look for the positives. I aim to be thankful and appreciative of its values and benefits in my life.

Eg. I change my attitude from “He criticized me” to “He care enough about me. That’s why he wants me to improve.”

Community. I have found that I can be happier when I have a community of like-minded friends. However, they must share the same principles, values and aspirations to be happy.

When I share my joy with them, the joy increases. On the other hand, when I share my sorrow, the sorrow decreases.

With such a support group, I can also do wonderful things. It makes my life more meaningful, exciting and fulfilling.

In short, first, I work on my gratefulness. Then, gratefulness becomes an integral and vital part of my life.

Gratefulness becomes a launching pad for a life of happiness.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question:  How can I plan to be a happier person?


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