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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Art of Being Happy

There was this activity in one seminar I have attended many years ago called 'Mirroring'. You are seated in a chair, and the person seated in front of you has to mimic your usual antics. My partner, a very good pal of mine, just kept on laughing and laughing. That's very typical of me- always laughing, and joking and yes, always being happy.

Earlier, I connected with an old organization mate via Messenger and he mentioned that even through the passing of years, I never seem to grow old- and I always have this youthful glow. Blame it my genes- just kidding. I guess it's this disposition to always strive to be happy and look at the many positive things in life.

Life is not a walk in a park. Like many of you, I've been through a great deal of miseries and problems. My dad lost his job for many years, making it difficult for our family to make both ends meet. I remember not having enough money to pay rent, pay bills and food, at times, was a scarcity. Eggs and coffee survived our meals for the day. Going to college was difficult. My sister had to stop schooling and gave way for me. As for me, everyday was a challenge. I didn't know where we'll get the finances for tuition fees. I can't buy books nor even have extra to photocopy materials- but my determination never waned. I know when I'm finished with this, I'd be able to help my family back.

Everything seemed to be fine when I finally had the opportunity to work. I am able to share in the house bills already and keep a little extra for myself. Until in 2007, I was found to have a cyst (the size of a small heart) in the pelvic area. I'm really not that afraid to go under the knife- I know I have the best doctors- but pocket-wise, we were not prepared for this. I lifted up all my cares for Him and I know that He will provide. It has been 12 years now. Looking back, that experience led me to embrace and appreciate life more. Tuloy and buhay.

Through the years, my life has been guided by this formula : I x V= R, or Imagination paired with Vividness become Reality. I made my own vision book-a collage of pictures of the desires of my heart. As the years went by, I was able to realize at least 90% of what I've included there.


Happiness is a choice. You can go through a set back and choose to be sad forever about it or wake up and gather the strength to face it and be happy instead.

Be happy with you what have. To be honest, I kind of miss the old days. Life was much simpler then. There came a time when we hardly had enough on our plate- and to experience a little extra felt like fiesta already. We were happy to share the bounty in the table. Even having a new pair of shoes after two school years- was a delight to our eyes. Talking about our dreams and singing together back when we were young were priceless. We didn't have enough and didn't feel like we're missing something. We were happy.

Count your blessings. There are more people who have less than what you have. Some people have bigger problems than you do. I once brought a group of youth in a shelter that caters to abandoned teens. Some of the teens in our group see not having an updated model of a phone or not having some material things a problem-- and there's this abandoned girl who doesn't even know her real name. Imagine, being deprived of your identity. Be grateful that God has given you a lighter burden to carry.

Happiness is meant to be shared. Even if you have so little, you can always extend a big hand. Help your family, give to the needy and be a catalyst for help. Share the happiness, forget about Me,Myself and I , and you will always have a heart full of smiles and love.

Pray. Cast you cares to the Lord and always include the intentions of your loved ones and friends in your prayer.

Always smile. And laugh. Remember, Haggard-ness is next to chaka-ness. :)


Did you know that every March, the world celebrates International Day of Happiness? Yes fellas, in a chaotic and noisy world we live in , there's a dedicated day to being happy.

I was privileged to have been invited in 'Laughternoon' spearheaded by Cebuana Lhuillier. It was a very inspiring afternoon- Sir Winston Maxino, 2010 Happiest PinoyWinner was there and shared his struggles and victories and life's happiness.

Sir Winston Maxino

Laughter Yoga Guru, Mr. Paolo Martin Trinidad, was also there and talked how laughing can change your outlook in life. It was a fun time to be laughing endlessly during the session.

Pinoy Laughter Yoga Master, Mr Paolo Martin Trinidad


Here's my good friend Evo (Check his BLOG)

Have you heard that being HAPPPY can win you ONE MILLION PESOS? Launched in 2009, the search for the Happiest Pinoy is a nationwide campaign of Cebuana Lhuillier that aims to rekindle the values of optimism, resilience and hope in Filipinos amidst different life crises.

To date, at least 800,000 entries have been screened and the Top 20 have already been determined. Very soon, we'll finally know who is the Happiest Pinoy for 2019. 

The Search for the Happiest Pinoy is a multi-awarded program recognized by the International Business Awards 2011, Anvil Awards (2012), Philippine Quill Awards (2013) and Golden Bridge Awards (2015).

To know more about this search, log in to .


'Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come without leaving happier.'- Mother Theresa

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