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The Secret of Happy Life

Over the weekend I just finished reading and inspired by the book “A Short Guide to a Happy Life” by Anna Quindlen, here are my quick highlight for a happy life:

  • The only thing you have that nobody else has is control of your life. Your job, your day, your heart, your spirit. You are the only one in control of that. 
  • A simple question to ask yourself when you’re worrying: “Is this useful?” 
  • Make eye contact and smile at people. This simple habit that will make you feel more connected and much better each day.
  • It’s only when we can’t change our experience that we look for ways to change our view of the experience.
  • Embrace daily marginal gains rather than dismissing them because they feel too small. A 1% improvement daily is a 365% improvement over the year
  • Being mindful doesn’t solve your problems. You still need to take action. 
  • Mindfulness is an alternative to living with attachment. Mindfulness allows you to choose how to respond, rather than react to the problems in your life. 
  • You cannot be really good at your work if your work is all you are.
  • Turn off your cell phone. Keep still. Be present.
  • Be generous. 
  • One of the greatest abilities of our brain is to imagine, to see the world as it has never been before. So daydream more often because the mere dream itself can be a joy!
  • It is so easy to exist rather than to live. You’re going to die. What are you going to do about it?
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal. This current moment is the only guarantee you get.

The biggest lesson I have taken from the book is that I am taking 100% ownership of my life, my mindset, my habits, my environment, who I am hanging out with and current result.

The most challenging part of all is to learn to enjoy and immerse throughout the journey, it’s not a destination.

Michael Wang
Michael Wang

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