Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 1)

by Patrick Liew on July 17, 2011

It was a trip I was looking forward to. I was invited to the very home of one of the richest men in the world.

I’m sure you know how I felt.

The feeling is almost like that of a five year old who was being invited to meet Santa Claus.

With lots of expectation, I boarded the plane. Went straight from the airport and drove to one of the most prestigious suburbs in that country.

The man – Yes, the man himself – opened the door and welcomed me to his home.

I could tell by the way he schmoozed me – he was a true blue entrepreneur.

Unfortunately, we had a conversation that was long on niceties but short on substance. When I thought about it, there was something surreal about the meeting.

I felt like he was living up to the image crafted for him by his Spin Doctors. He was not living a life of his own.

Very much later, I realized he was not a happy man. In fact, towards the end of his life, he became almost a recluse – shut off from even his own family members.

It was experiences like this that drove me to become a student of happiness. After all, isn’t that what all of us are looking for?

I discovered happiness is a choice. It is an adopted state of mind.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are as happy as they made up their minds to be.”

I need to work on enhancing happiness until it becomes a habit and a way of life.

Along the way, I also learned some skills and techniques that are self-reinforcing and which will help me to improve my well-being.

In other words, while happiness is inside all of us, we need to learn how to feel it. We need to learn how to strengthen it and to share it with others.

The question that begs to be answered is,” How much commitment will you put into learning how to be happy?”


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