Thursday, January 22, 2009


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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