Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 24)

by Patrick Liew on September 4, 2011

During the series of leadership bootcamps conducted by me and my team of top producers, one of the short games that we played is to prove to them that motion affects our emotion.

Our emotion can also affect our ‘behaviour’ in life.

You may wish to do this exercise with me so that you can learn a powerful lesson about happiness.

Close your eyes and imagine the worst tragedies and horrors of war. Imagine bombs dropping all around your home.

Listen to the booming effects and feel the devastation of war.

See your loved ones suffering through the pain and anguish of the battles. Smell your belongings being destroyed and turning into smoke and fire.

Feel the sorrow coasting through your being.

Then, open your eyes. Smile and be happy.

If you are a normal person, you will find it difficult to do so. If you have been totally committed to playing this game, you will find it very hard to be happy.

You can play the same game again but this time, do the exact opposite.

Take yourself to the highest level of happiness and move as if you are the happiest person on earth.

Then, try to be sad and behave in an unhappy way. Hard, isn’t it?

Why did this phenomenon happen?

The explanation is actually quite a common sense. However, common sense may not be as common these days.

When I act as if I am happy, even if I am not, my brain will soon wonder, “Why am I smiling and laughing?”

If I have chosen happiness as part of my lifestyle, my brain will not fight and quarrel with my other bodily systems.

My brain will say, “It is good to smile and be happy. I will release more endorphins and other chemicals to support my smile and laughter.”

These chemicals will send signals to the relevant bodily parts and reinforce my feelings of happiness.

As I continue to ‘trick’ my brain into supporting my quest for happiness, over time, it becomes a habit and a part of my life.

My ‘trick’ starts as a discipline but eventually, it becomes a natural part of my lifestyle.

Happiness becomes an unconscious competence – a way of life.


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 you discipline your brain to support you to be a happier person?


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