Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 4)

by Patrick Liew on July 19, 2011

In 2003, I took up swimming as part of my exercise regime. Like most things that I do, I set a goal for myself.

I wanted to learn the major strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, and breaststroke. In addition, I wanted to swim more than 60 lengths of an Olympic-sized pool.

Swimming was, to me, a boring and lonely sport. As a ‘social animal’, it was hard to do it when I cannot see or hear another human.

I embarked on another interesting exercise while I was swimming. It strengthened me and changed my life forever.

I decided to spend the time in the pool reminiscing about everything that had happened in my life.

 I made a commitment to be grateful and thankful to our Creator for each and every one of the experiences, including the sad and painful ones.

How I perceived past experience – and not the experience itself – determines my level of happiness.

My thoughts shaped my emotions and my life.

What I decided – I acted upon. What I acted upon – I became.

What I became influenced my happiness quotient.

When I finally achieved my swimming goals, I had unconsciously achieved another better goal.

I became a happier and emotionally stronger person.

In a research conducted by Sheldon and Houser-Marko in 2001, they asked a group of participants to write down five things for which they were grateful about.

They were to do it once a week for ten weeks consecutively.

They found that this group made more improvements than the other controlled groups.

Participants were inclined to be more optimistic and have a higher satisfaction level in their lives.

In addition, they spent more time exercising and becoming healthier.

I strongly encourage you to do the same exercise.

You can also follow what I do almost every single day of my life.

I think, share, or write down all the things I should be grateful and thankful for in my life.

If I have a heart of gratefulness, no sadness can seep into it.

I will see more beauty in this world and it will fill my life with a sense of awe and appreciation.

I will become a happier person.


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 we become more grateful and thankful for our lives?


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