Children Taught Me 10 Secrets Of Happiness.

Children can teach us many powerful lessons to be a happier person.

Let me share ten of these lessons with you.

1. Choose to be happy.

Children taught me that I am created to be happy.

Even if I am unhappy, I do not have to continue to be unhappy.

I can switch back to a happy mode.

Happiness is a choice and a right given to me.

2. Live as happily as you want.

Every morning when children wake up, they may have to choose between being happy or being unhappy.

They do not choose to be unhappy and carry unhappiness in their mind and behavior.

Children just move on to live as happily as they can.

3. Be happy with everything within and around you.

Children’s happiness has nothing to do with their feelings.

It has nothing to do with wealth and other possession.

Children generate happiness with any and everything in their life.

They can be happy in any situation and environment.

4. Be happy – no reasons needed.

If you ask children why they are happy, they may not have a reason.

Everything around them can make them happy.

If you ask the average adult the same question, they will probably tell you many reasons why they are not happy.

Everything around them can make them unhappy.

Children’s happiness is not dependent on any condition or circumstance.

For many adults, they are happy “if only…,” or “because…”

Children taught me that I can just be happy. Period.

5. Stop planting seeds of unhappiness.

What happened to some of us
between childhood and adulthood?

Some people choose to plant seeds of negativity in the garden of their mind.

They grow fruits of worries, resentment, hatred, vengeance,
and all kinds of negative emotion.

They choose to become producers of unhappiness in their mind.

They improve their productivity for unhappiness by thinking more unhappy thoughts.

Tragically, they allow unhappiness to become a part of their thought pattern.

They put on ‘unhappy sunglasses.’ Therefore, everything looks unhappy to them.

They communicate words that attract only unhappiness. Eg. “Why is my life so hard?” “I don’t think it will be a good day today,” etc.

To make matters worse, they keep imagining negative scenarios and visualizing negative outcomes.

Soon, they will become addicted to the chemicals in their brains, chemicals that generate unhappy emotions.

Unhappiness can unfortunately attract more unhappiness.

To be happy, nip unhappiness at its bud.

Children do not chase after unhappiness or allow it to slip into the mind.

Even if it gets in, it does not take roots and is quickly repelled from the precious mind.

6. Focus on being happy and pursue anything that makes me happy.

Children focus on happiness. It is a way of life.

They have no room for any negative emotion.

They do not worry over small matters.

There are no matters that are big enough for them to worry about.

Children also know that worrying will not solve anything.

In other words, there is nothing to worry about. Be happy.

Children focus on happiness. It is a way of life.

Children wake up and look forward to life. They are curious, playful, and adventurous.

They pursue anything and everything that makes them happy.

They know many of the sources of happiness and they return back to them again and again.

7. Live simply.

Children live simply.

They have no negative desire or unrealistic expectation.

They do not carry unnecessary baggages with them.

They do not allow any burden or blockage to weigh them down.

Children learn to play with the simplest things and have lots of fun with them.

They use all the energy to focus on important areas that will give them happiness, excitement and fulfillment.

8. Have good friends.

Children play wholeheartedly with their friends.

They don’t look purely after their own interests. They look after each other.

They share their happiness and concerns with good friends and lift each other up.

Together with these friends, they look for new experience, moments of fun, and opportunities for laughter.

Along the way, they learn and grow. They continue to look forward to a better day.

9. Be grateful.

Children are grateful for the simplest things.

They are thankful for the smallest gesture.

If they are not spoilt by adults, they are not greedy.

They do not pander to have more and more things.

Children are contented with what they have.

They are in awe and wonder about the beauty around them and the goodness of life.

These wonderful gifts are everywhere.

Children appreciate them.

Many adults don’t appreciate or appreciate enough about them.

However, they can open their mind and eyes and learn to be grateful and thankful for everything in their life.

When they do that, they will realise that being grateful is a source of happiness.

10. Spread happiness.

Children spread happiness most of the time.

They do it with anything that they have and under any circumstances.

Happiness will attract more happiness.

Therefore, make people happy and spread happiness everywhere you go.

If you want to be happy – be like a child again.

Happiness is reliving the virtues of childhood.

It is living out the child likeness
of happiness.

Question: How can you be happy?


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Please visit my website,

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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