Going through all the regular articles this morning and BOOM, someone wrote an article about money does not buy happiness again, I am sure there are countless articles already but this is closer to heart, I have been saying this over and over to friends and to even people I meet on the streets, it is not the money that will bring you happiness but its the little things that makes one happy, As for me I don’t earn a grossly huge amount of money but I do earn enough for myself and my family, I feel there is a vacuum wanting more, but not of money but more of a quality life style, such as better air, better living space, etc etc
More and more people I meet seems to think of the same way these days, I meet Bahari yesterday at the Oakley Kayak session and he was young man starting out in his life, at a young age of 19th just fresh out of the army, he told me that “To Live life within means and that materials does not create happiness” well thats my words but yes in that context. So we got along and talked about life in our 2 hour kayak expedition moving along the shoreline of Sentosa with Mr Khoo Swee Chiow. (will post that on another day)
What about yourself? do you feel the same sentiment as mua or do you need lots and lots of money which will make you even happier , Do you think that Money will make you happier in the long run ?
SINGAPORE – I agree with Mr Ng Chee Kheon (“Not surprising that most want slower pace of life”; last Wednesday) that in our almost single-minded quest for economic growth, we have become victims of our own success.
Surveys have found that Singapore, despite having one of the highest per capita gross domestic products in the world, is home to the world’s least positive-minded population.
In contrast, a 2012 study showed that three times as many people in war-torn Afghanistan said they were happy than unhappy, while the joie de vivre of Latin American countries such as Panama, though beset by many economic problems, is legendary.
These statistics make for sobering reading. They show that economic factors play only a relatively small part in people’s well-being and happiness.
In his book, Stumbling On Happiness, Harvard University professor of psychology Daniel Gilbert explains that wealth has a “declining marginal utility”, which means that “wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into the middle class but that it does little to increase happiness thereafter”.
What are some other factors that play a prominent role in people’s sense of well-being?
Commuting ranks among people’s least-enjoyed activities.
Our rush-hour MRT rides and traffic jams are anything but pleasant.
Our obsession with so-called “retail therapy” is anything but therapeutic: Confronted with many choices, shopping can actually cause fatigue and buyers’ remorse.
Most importantly, people adapt to material goods.
The initial excitement over a new Birkin bag or BMW may not last longer than the credit-card debt taken out in their purchase.
However, indulging in experiences, such as a vacation or a meal with friends and family, tends to result in memories that grow richer with time, in that they are unique to each of us; something that a designer bag or car, no matter how exclusive, can never be.
Married couples are twice as likely to say they are happy than singles.
Volunteering and acts of kindness result in a happiness boost.
Being spiritual, such as having a religion or doing yoga and meditation, helps in relieving stress.
Our GDP may be the envy of the world, but it has come at a high price, with Singaporeans preoccupied with a surfeit of activities that may not result in happiness, and neglecting those that contribute to it.
Original Article can be found here at AsiaOne: Money, Indeed, Does not buy Happiness
Have you ever wondered what you want to be when you grow up ?
Are we suppose to know what we want to be when we grow up? like when you are 6 years old and the teacher asked you in class.. (insert name) what do you want to be when you grow up? and (insert name) says I want to be a Astronaut, Race Car Driver.. etc..etc.. Well I sure hell don’t know what I still want to be now. Life has so many possibilities and its so dynamic that it changes every now and then. We are a person that has so many factors affecting us everyday in our life decision.
We can plan and arm ourselves with goals and aspiration but things affect us like family, friends, time, strangers, forums and now even worst.. this thing called the “INTERNET” . I can tell you internet is a sure wonder of the world, heck Award it the NOBLE PRIZE for all I know, without it you wouldn’t be able to read this right now. The internet sure has gotten us all up to speed in fact too fast for my liking. Life is not slowing down. People are not spending enough time with their families, children and friends.
I am not sure if you realize this, but I feel that everyone these days are so impatient. On the walking pathway, on the road.. etc..etc.. I do blame this on the connectivity of Internet that we have. Remember how we receive our mails in the past? not electronic for sure but snail mail, wasn’t it a joy when you got your hand written mail to you from your pen pal from another country (do they still have that). These days its just WHAM BAM THANK MA’AM no thanks to Skype, Viber, Tango, Kik, Chat Roulette, Google Voice, Grasshopper, VoXoX, Vbuzzer.. I can go on and on with just VoIP and I have not started with the instant messaging. The art of hand written letters are long gone,
Everything seems so instant, Does the word “Stop and smell the roses” means anything anymore? I see families with many kids but parents that has no time to play with them. I see friends living in the same town but yet only manage to meet up on their BUSINESS trips in other countries. I see neighbors but I don’t see smiles. What’s Happening World ?? really What’s Happening?
Just expressing this feeling I have in my heart, I want to share “The Paradox of Our Age” with you.
So please take some time off, spend it with the people dearest to you, have a good look at them, cherish the moment. What ever hatred you have with them forgive and forget. Life is too short for all the squabble and fights.
Life is not all about making BIG Bucks but rather spending BIG Laughter with your loved one. Do share , reblog , re-tweet , stumbleupon if you agree with “The Paradox of Our Age” some where along the line.
Yes, I may not have the superb creative writing style but heck.. I do try to inspire people to do their best and I never talk bad about my friends, at least I am honest and not stabbing a knife on your back when you turn your back .. definitely a team player with everyone for sure, continuation on my motivational Friday for you guys,
I will continue to post the #RunnersWorld Motivational posters after this again week, I know some of you guys liked that series as I too find it funny as well and best of all it relates to us runners
Some quotes that I think are really beautiful, and would like to share with you guys on this Friday, let me know which one inspire you more ?
This has got to be my favorite… and I know it hurts when you know you have been used especially in a relationship when a guy/girls just dumps you for another person without letting you know the reason.
Yup, Happiness is always on everyone’s mind, of course sorrow and despair is something that we all hate, but I believe it will make us stronger, we can’t live life on a happy note forever, what about sadness ?
and lastly I believe this is what most people want to do in their life .. but have no strength or courage, I will know if this quote stands for me soon…
I remember I have hold this close to my heart ” To have a enemy is better than having a fake friend” I really despise people who are just leeching off friends..
Whats quotes do you live your life by? or code of conduct ? Do share some great quotes you hold dear with you,