The Secret to Happiness

happy words

We need three elements in our lives to make us happy. 

The three ingredients for a happy life are:

Purpose

We all need a purpose in life, something that engages us and helps us look forward to the day.  It doesn’t need to be paid work, so long as it is an activity that gives us connection and interaction.

Relationship

We need someone in our lives to share the good and the bad.  Someone who cares about us, someone to love.

Money

We don’t need heaps to make us happy.  We just need a modest amount to feed, clothe and house ourselves with a bit left over for pleasure and to save.

Healthy and Happy
What makes for a Happy Life?

If you are lacking in any of the above three elements of happiness, you must first BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

The Power of Giving

giving to others

Many people go through life accumulating wealth and that’s great, but if it’s not coupled with giving to others, then what is it for?  It is more about themselves than about others. They need to discover the power of giving.

Giving means offering something without expectation of receiving something in return; or more specifically the act of giving generously of time, money or work without expecting return favours.  If we want our lives to count for something, we should live our lives to advance our knowledge and abilities so that we will have money and time to use for the benefit of others as well as ourselves.  This has been described as “win-win”.  Life is not just about getting for ourselves and taking at the expense of others.  Life is so much more.  A full and meaningful life includes the joy of giving.

It can take only one person to influence another person’s life and this can impact on the whole family or the whole community and beyond, for the benefit of so many people.  One person’s giving can change a whole community or even change the world.  Giving to others generously and graciously can not only advance and improve others’ situations in so many ways and for generations into the future, it also does so much for our own sense of worth and well-being.

We should never give to others simply so that we can gain.  We need to give with gratitude, with no strings attached, no paybacks required and certainly no future reminders of how generous you were.  By giving from a gracious heart you will find you gain back so much more.  It will enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams.

The Benefits of Giving:

  • Giving to others strengthens our own health and well-being.
  • It impacts on all parts of our own lives.
  • We are happier people for giving to others.
  • It improves our own sense of worth.
  • It gives us a sense of contentment, a warm and fuzzy feeling and we in turn reflect on our own self-worth and gain a sense of pride and achievement in contributing something worthwhile and of value to the world.
  • We gain depth of character.
  • It creates a desire within us to be more open to others and their social and economic needs.
  • We gain from giving to others and we then look for new ways to give of our money, our knowledge, our wisdom and insight.
  • It gives us a greater understanding of others and their real needs and a greater desire to resolve issues for them, that impact on the lives of others.
  • It gives us a stronger sense of love and kindness for others and brings serenity to our lives beyond what we could ever imagine.
  • It creates patience, tolerance and acceptance of others and gives us an inner desire to advance others.

Giving will make your own world a better place.  Be generous and give of yourself to others.  If you have a heart to give to others, you will want to grow your own assets so that you are able to give.  Boosting your income is a way of increasing your own wealth and thereby your ability to give to others in need of help.

Read more about Growing Your Wealth

Dream BIG

Dream Big

Most people spend their time, energy and resources.in life doing anything but their hearts’ desire.  A lot of people talk about what they are going to do one day but never really focus on their dreams and what they really want.  

Some people waste their time and their lives on frivolous things, trying to get from A to B to C but they often don’t have a purpose or a long term outcome… where they would like to be in the future.

Some work towards bringing them about.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”—Christopher Reeve.

Dream Big

You need to dream BIG to achieve BIG.

Why not sit down today and write out your BIG dream?

Dream big

Read more about Accumulating Wealth


What is Your Passion?

Paris Hotel
Healthy and Happy

I thought I would share with you the things that I am passionate about.

I am passionate about decorating.  I love decorating my home.  I love creating something beautiful out of chaos (not that my home is ever chaotic).  

I also like helping people.

In the past, I was fortunate that I got paid for doing what I love, which is decorating and helping people.  As a professional visual merchandiser and business advisor, I advised gift shop owners on what to buy that will sell well and I helped them to display their stock.  This required the skill of developing an overall plan for displaying the items bought from different suppliers and then displaying them properly so that they look inviting to the passers-by.  

I was trained as a graphic artist and art teacher.  I am a person who sees everything in terms of shapes, colours, tones and like to see everything in balance.

Many retail gift and homeware store owners can do with the services of a skilled merchandiser to lay out their merchandise and create a pleasing space for customers to browse and perhaps imagine what their house might look like with the items on display.

 We all possess different skills and talents, some people are mathematically and/or musically minded and can easily work out measurements.  Others are creative and very good at making things.  They become woodworkers, designers or painters.  Some have great imaginations and may become inventors or writers.

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?  

If you don’t know, you need to find your passion.  It may be hidden deep within, under layers of living a life determined by others.  

You need to discover your passion, believe in yourself and perhaps go on to help others discover their passion.

What is your passion?  Why not tell us in the comments below?

Cheers, Chris