Children Taught Me 10 Secrets Of Happiness.

Children Taught Me 10 Secrets Of Happiness. Children can teach you many powerful lessons to be a happier person. Let me share ten of these lessons with you.

1. Choose To Be Happy. Happiness is a choice and a right given to you. Make the right choice and take the right action from now.

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 minds and behaviors. Children just move on to live as happily as they can. Happiness is a matter of choice and change and not a matter of chance or circumstances.

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 possessions. 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 be able to give you a reason. Everything inside and 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 inside and around them can make them unhappy. Children’s happiness is not dependent on any conditions or circumstances. For many adults, they are happy “if only…,” or “because…” Children can teach you that you can 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 gardens of their mind. They grow fruits of worries, resentment, hatred, vengeance, and all kinds of negative emotions. They choose to become producers of unhappiness in their mind. Improve their productivity for unhappiness by thinking more unhappy thoughts. Tragically, they allow unhappiness to become a part of their thought patterns. They put on “unhappy sunglasses.” Therefore, everything looks unhappy to them. 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 become addicted to the chemicals in their brains 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 their minds. Even if unhappiness gets in, it does not take roots and is quickly repelled from their precious minds.

6. Focus On Being Happy And Pursue Things That Makes You 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. Pursue anything and everything that make them happy. They remember many of the sources of happiness and they return back to these sources again and again. They have no room for any negative emotions. Never worry over small matters. In any case, 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. Just be happy.

7. Live simply. Children live simply. They have no negative desires or unrealistic expectations. They do not carry unnecessary baggages with them. Allow any burdens or blockages to weigh them down. Children can play with the simplest of things and learn how to have fun with them. Use their energies 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 learn to look after each other. Share their happiness and concerns with good friends and lift each other up. Together with those friends, they look for new experiences, moments of fun, and opportunities for laughter. Along the way, they learn and grow. And continue to look forward to a better day.

9. Be Grateful. Children can be grateful for the simplest of things. Thankful for the smallest gesture. If they are not spoilt by adults, they would not be greedy. They do not pander to have more and more things. Children are contented with what they have. In awe and wonder about beauty around them and goodness of life. These wonderful gifts are everywhere. Children appreciate them. They can open their minds and eyes and learn to be grateful and thankful for everything in their lives. They know that being grateful is a source of happiness.

10. Spread Happiness. Children are inclined to spread happiness most of the time. They can do it with anything they have and under any circumstances. Happiness will tend to attract more happiness. Therefore, make people happy and spread happiness everywhere you go. Happiness is reliving virtues of childhood. It is living out childlikeness of happiness. If you want to be happy – be like a child again.

Question: How can you be happy?


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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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. 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