Archive for December 26, 2007

The Real Pursuit of Happyness

December 26, 2007

It’s Boxing Day and it’s back to training! In the early morning, the street was set abuzz with people going to work. A number of them had a slight wearily look on their faces while some showed signs of Christmas partying. Occasional quietness of the traveling train would be pierced by the sounds of giggling toddlers. It’s the beginning of the day after the yuletide season.

The session today was on “Work-Life Skills for Individual and Organizational Benefits”. It’s a workshop I enjoy conducting regularly and there are quite a few more runs in the coming year. It’s about work-life balance. It’s about the quality of your life, and most of all, it’s really about your happiness.

For today’s article, I take the title from the hit movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden . (The misspelling in ‘happiness’ was intended by the movie)It’s a biographical story based on the true encounters of Chris Gardner, whose relentless pursuit to overcome the various life challenges to eventually rise from poverty and eventually becoming a multi-millionaire. Chris literally created his own happiness.

Similarly, in a competitive society like ours, we have to understand the underlying dynamics in order to effectively be happy.

Hence, these are the principles and guidelines for your happiness:

1. Happiness can be CREATED.

2. You’ve got to WANT IT to GET IT.

3. Realize that you have a CHOICE.

4. You’ve got to RESIST the temptation to fall back into the negativity.

5. It must be constantly MAINTAINED.

6. Happiness must NEVER BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

7. Happiness EXPANDS and GROWS when you SHARE it.

Let us share the happiness so that it inspires us to Excel Beyond Excellence!