Friday, January 23, 2009

Chinese New Year 2009, the year of OX

On the 26th of January 2009 marks the 1st day of Chinese New Year, the year of Earth Ox. Wishing my readers 'Happy Prosperous Chinese New Year' when all the good things you wish for actualize for you and your family.

Chinese always relate pronounciation of name of things & simbols to good lucks & good wishes. For example:During the eve, the chinese family would eat black moss. The Cantonese calls it 'Fatt Choi' meaning multiplying or bursting blessing.

The orange represents gold. That is only the mandarin orange or 'Lo Kam' and not the ones from California 'Sunkist'. It used to be a practice in the olden days to bring two oranges during their visit to the elders and in reciprocation, they will return two. Two is the symbol of completeness in a couple, a man and a woman also called "yin & yang'.
'Gong Hei Fatt Choy' means Congratulations in mandarin and cantonese, also means "Be Prosperous" too.
'Sum Seung See Sing' direct translation from Cantonese: Heart think things happen or May your wishes come true.

'Maan See Sing Yee' direct translation from Cantonese: Everything exceed wish or May your wishes be exceeded.

'Sun Tai Geen Hong' direct translation from Cantonese: Body Healthy or Good Health.
The above picture named "Si" means Happiness. Widely used as decor for chinese wedding/marrige or engagement. It represents togetherness too, just look at the chinese character in this above picture.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Importance of Financial Education

In Search of Happiness

Happiness is contagious, researchers reported on Monday, 8th December’08.
The same team that demonstrated obesity and smoking spread in networks has shown that the more happy people you know, the more likely you are yourself to be happy. And getting connected to happy people improves a person's own happiness, they reported in the British Medical Journal.

"What we are dealing with is an emotional stampede," Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said in a telephone interview.
Christakis and James Fowler, a political scientist at the University of California, San Diego, have been using data from 4,700 children of volunteers in the Framingham Heart Study, a giant health study begun in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1948.

They have been analyzing a trove of facts from tracking sheets dating back to 1971, following births, marriages, death, and divorces. Volunteers also listed contact information for their closest friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

They assessed happiness using a simple, four-question test. "People are asked how often during the past week, one, I enjoyed life, two, I was happy, three, I felt hopeful about the future, and four, I felt that I was just as good as other people," Fowler said. The 60 percent of people who scored highly on all four questions rated as happy, while the rest were designated unhappy.
People with the most social connections -- friends, spouses, neighbors, relatives -- were also the happiest, the data showed. "Each additional happy person makes you happier," Christakis said.
"Imagine that I am connected to you and you are connected to others and others are connected to still others. It is this fabric of humanity, like an American patch quilt."

Each person sits on a different-colored patch. "Imagine that these patches are happy and unhappy patches. Your happiness depends on what is going on in the patch around you," Christakis said. "It is not just happy people connecting with happy people, which they do. Above and beyond, there is this contagious process going on."

And happiness is more contagious than unhappiness, they discovered. "If a social contact is happy, it increases the likelihood that you are happy by 15 percent," Fowler said. "A friend of a friend, or the friend of a spouse or a sibling, if they are happy, increases your chances by 10 percent," he added. A happy third-degree friend, the friend or a friend of a friend increases a person's chances of being happy by 6 percent. "But every extra unhappy friend increases the likelihood that you'll be unhappy by 7 percent," Fowler said.

The finding is interesting but it is useful, too Fowler said. "Among other benefits, happiness has been shown to have an important effect on reduced mortality, pain reduction, and improved cardiac function. So better understanding of how happiness spreads can help us learn how to promote a healthier society," he said.

The study also fits in with other data that suggested -- in 1984 -- that having $5,000 extra increased a person's chances of becoming happier by about 2 percent.
"A happy friend is worth about $20,000," Christakis said. His team also is examining the spread of depression, loneliness and drinking behavior.
How do i measure Happiness?
Some people measure their Happiness by possessing nice big house, luxury car, expensive watch, latest handphone, dine-in the best restaurant and so on. All of these are so called “temporary happiness”, it doesn’t last long. Temporary happiness cannot be satisfy, for example having a nice big house now, later on they will planning to renovate or extend the house again.

Well, in my opinion I accept happiness by being grateful of having good health, being with friends and family, peace/safe in every aspect & lots of… FREEDOM.

“Happiness is from within, being happy is my choice” – Henry Lim


This book is called "Being Happy" by Andrew Matthews. Is about action and not just theory? I guess so. The book was the international bestseller first introduced in 1988. The version that I've bought is the 57th reprint by the printer. Based on the number of reprints, you know how bestselling the book be. The book have 6 chapters with various topics and lots of cartoon illustrations accompanying each topic drawn by the author. On each topic, there was a summary called nutshells for you to capture the gist of it. Here are some important nutshells...
Patterns - be positive on yourself and condition.

Self image - Think healthy, happy thoughts. Decide to be healthy, be gentle on yourself. Accept and love and acknowledge yourself about what you are (The decision you've done is the best available by yourself).

- cause us to contemplate (change direction)We become a part of our everyday world - consider seriously changing what surrounds you to be something you want to be.

Prosperity - Strong money mindset that feed/support us to becoming wealthy.
Living in the nowLive, Now - Present moment is the only time you have. Live in the now.
Waiting for things - jump into every oppurtunity.
Forgiveness - Blaming and feeling guilty are equally dangerous and destructive. You may hiding something within yourself and not curing it.
Happiness - Can be hard work, you've got to hang on to your treasures and throw out the garbage. Choose what you see and choose what you think.
Dealing with depression - Disaster won't be disastrous if we tackle them one at a time.

Humor - Life is not THAT serious. Let's take humor more seriously.
We gravitate in the direction of our dominant thoughts - Law of attraction before THE SECRET.
Your mind Your Subconscious - Daily, we create programmes in subconscious mind. Use like what all successful and happy people people used. If you want to be wealthy, picture those success and prosperity of the ideal result.

Imagination - Exercise your imagination just like your body to have a sharp/witty mindMental rehearsal - Create pattern on brain cell for perfect performance. Imagine the best result you want. Make a habit of refining your abilities through imagination.
We get what we expect - You're in control. You decide what you think, put in your mind and what you get back.

Listen to those whose lives are working - Mind is like magnet. Continue to dwell on What you want and you'll achieve it. Seen this in most Jack Canfield books.
The power of words - Our words affect how we think and how we feel. What we think affect what we say and how we feel and How we feel influences what we say and how we think. It's a vicious cycle and learn to interrupt that.
An attitude of gratitude - Our attention is on what we want. As we set our living grateful on what we have, more good will be coming.
Goals - Goals are the vehicles whereby we can become someone more than we already are.

Limitations - Our limitations are our responsibilities.
Problems - It stretches us. Adversity reveals genius while prosperity conceals it.

Mistakes - Mistakes are not really mistakes. It's part of the learning process. Shame is never in having failed, worse is when not even tried.

The law of sow and reap - Universe is fair and just. We get back from life only what we put into it.

Risk - We have a choice. It's between really living or merely existing. Life is a risk. So let's get out and face it.

Commitment - To get whatever you want - do whatever it takes.

Effort - Embrace change. Unless you change how you are, you'll always have what you've got. For things to get better, we have to get better. Today will be much like yesterday unless we put in that effort. Losing hurts, but it hurts even more when you realize that you haven't done your best.

Persistence - For every outstanding achievement, persistence is a common ingredient.Ask - Getting what you want is having the conviction that you are worth it. One of the best ways to develop your sense of worth is to ASK.

Reasons or results - You have but one life to lead. Don't bring your reasons of not doing it to grave.Learning from natureChildren - spend time with children. Learn more about laughter, spontaneity, curiosity, acceptance, resilience, trust, determination and your imagination. They are there to teach us.
Keep moving - Happiness and fulfillment in activity. Get involved!
Use it or lose it - Law of use is wonderful, it gives us incentive to practice. Unless we use it, we may not be keeping it.
Flow - Go with the flow. Take time off and relax.

Release - To create healthy flow, learn to let go things you don't want, won't use and don't need. How much do we understand - We don't understand everything. If we sometime accept and use what we have, we do ourselves enormous favour. Let's go after the results. Here are some points that touch me a lot.
1. Law of attraction - This book have a lot of it ! Sometimes I didn't know why when people worry about something and then it'll happen. It's because your mind had sent out the signal and attract those events to you. I'm more careful not to send out those negative energy out.

2. Money mindset - When you think about how your parents/friends tell you that money is evil or money don't grow on trees whatever, you associated it with the wrong perception. Instead, think of abundance and think of when you're rich, you can help more people.

3. Forgiving others - Sometimes when you forgive your enemy or your foe etc, your life can go on much easier going forward. It's just like driving your car w/o pressing the brake all the time.
4. When confront fear, fear disappear - Fear acronym is called false evidence appearing real. Therefore when confront it, it's not as fearful as it be. Take public speaking for example. I used to fear it a lot until I took my Toastmaster program. It's not as hard as we see from outside.
5. Affirmations - Another Self Help Guru Anthony Robbins help reminds me of this point. It's another kind of mental exercise in helping you to achieve the goal that you wanted.

6. Effort - There ain't no free lunch. I always remember this chinese saying "In the stage of 3 minutes, there lies the effort of 10 years". All the foundation will help you in your future.

7. Use it or lose it - Our mind is very fair, when we use less of something, we will forget it... so simple and yet so powerful. Have to constantly remind our mind often.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

X-Men Cartoon

For the fans of the X-Men, i got this very cool cartoon movie line-up for you. Just click here (in YouTube), watch all the series of Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon. Soon the Movie called "Wolverine" from the X-Men will be showing in the cinema, watch out for it.
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