Wednesday, 26 March 2014

This TEDTalk Will Set You Rethink Of Achieving Happiness

TEDTalk Shawn Achor The Happy Secret To Better Work
I like to watch and at times just listen to TEDTalk as there are so many inspirational and knowledge waiting to be grab there.

Recently, I've chanced upon an old TEDTalk presented by Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc, also a psychologist. The title of the presentation is "The Happy Secret To Better Work".
 
One thing that I like very much about his talk is he is truly a story teller and an intelligent "joker" that can crack clever jokes out of nowhere. Seeing is believing, check out his talk below :
 
 


Following is a snapshot from his presentation which I thought worth special mentioning as these simple steps enable you to create a ripple effect towards happier self :


Cheers!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

How I Wish I Can Wrap Up....

Wrap Up
How I Wish I can Wrap Up....
 
Yes, this is what I had in mind at the moment. So, what is the thing that I want to wrap up?
 
In fact, there are quite a number of stuffs that I wanted to wrap up but one particular thing is : complete my online course on Udemy called "Investing Basics : A Framework For Your Financial Future", I am just at the 10% of the course and planning to complete the whole course by end of this Sun (16th March 2014).
 
Talking about Udemy, the popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) alternative from Coursera, offers quite a number of free and paid online courses that we all can take advantage to have a life-long learning without limitation of attending the courses physically. If you are interested to learn more about Udemy and their limited time offer of 60% off paid courses, check out the blog here.
 
And last but not least, let's...
 
Unwrap good times with KFC Bandito Pockett!

KFC Bandito Pockett packed with so many tasty ingredients, 100% chicken fillet marinated in signature hot & crispy flavor, served on a bed of fresh lettuce, with salsa and mayonnaise, all wrapped in a toasted tortilla. It is every KFC fan’s favourite wrap! Try it now to enjoy a good time!

Monday, 10 February 2014

What Constitute An Happiest Couple? This Infographic Tells The Secrets!

Happiest couple infographic
If you are a married couple, I guess you will do everything at your power to stay happy and hope to be an happy couple, through and through. 

But what constitute happiest couple? If might seems subjective but this infographic from Happify has quantify it with some quantitative findings.

In general, following are the key elements that influence on happiness in couple :

1. Money (money is not everything but it is still hugely important)
2. Length of marriage
3. Sex
4. Educational qualification
5. Child

Now, keep reading to find out the complete matrix of happiest couple.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Can't Wait To Watch Thor - The Dark World

Thor The Dark World
To be frank, prior to the 2011's Thor, I have little knowledge about this muscular, long haired, red cape and constantly with a giant hammer's superhero. After the show, I quite like how Chris Hemsworth portrayed the titular role and also the charismatic and funny villain, Loki (by Tom Hiddleston).

Next week, the sequel, Thor - The Dark World will be released in the cinemas and I can't wait to watch it in 3D (or IMAX 3D).

Come and think of it, what would I do If I have Thor’s Mjölner (the Hammer) for a day? Hmmm... I think I will do the same as what Thor do best! Use it to hammer those ungraceful people around us (first come to the list will be the man spitting on the women countless time at the Woodland Bus Interchange ;-)).

Check out more movie details below:

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Coursera - The online Gem, Miss It At Your Own Cost!

coursera
Acquiring knowledge is a lifelong journey! We should not stop learning regardless of our age. In fact, it is through ongoing learning that we are trying to defy the ticking clock of age! With the invent of internet, acquiring new knowledge is no longer time consuming or costly. In fact, it is FREE (at times). 

Today, I am going to share an online course network called Coursera which provides variety of online courses from various well known Universities (like Northwestern University, Princeton University and Yale University etc..). The courses ranging from Arts, to Biology, to Health, to Information Technology and many more. 
Coursera - Understanding Media By Understanding Google
Coursera - Understanding Media By Understanding Google
I am currently taking my very first Coursera course called "Understanding Media by Understanding Google" (via Northwestern University) which is in the final 2 weeks of the course. The courses are usually structured into weekly modules and conducted through video lectures as well as online reading materials (to be provided as links). Of course, different courses from different Universities might be conducted differently but so far I am quite happy with the quality and coverage of the course. 

I am giving this network a THUMB UP for those who like to attend university like online courses.

Have you taken the online course from Coursera? What is your review? Feel free to share your view in the comment section.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

SMILES Is Your New Force Of Positivity

smiles
After missing for one month from the blog, I am back!

One of the main objective of my blog is to share some of my personal inspirational snippets/thinking/stories etc..to my readers so as to create a more positive energy in the online and offline space. In fact, even without updating my blog, I do still continue to share my inspirational quotes through my social media channels (to connect with me in these channel, just choose Facebook or Twitter).

Recently, Facebook introduced a new feature called "Embed Post" which I thought is a great way for me to integrate what I've shared in my facebook with all of you here.

As per the blog title, SMILES is your new force of positivity. Don't you think so? If you are constantly keeping a long face, do you think you will emit positivity for the people around you?

Following are selected SMILES related posts that I've shared in my Facebook recently and thus would like to reshare it here.

Keep reading and enjoy!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Want To Be Happier? Try Participate In Charity Drive, Voluntarily!

First, I have a question for you : Most of the time, your source of happiness is when you are GIVING or RECEIVING? (I am not talking about money alone, it could be a piece of good advice, compliments or contribution to charity drive etc...)
 
Take a few seconds to think about this important question.
 
Be true to yourself!
 
There is no right or wrong answer!

Keep reading...
 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

When You Are In The Crossroad, What Would You Do?

quotes on crossreoadMany a time, we are at the crossroads (many are unplanned ones) and need to make a decision as to whether to TURN LEFT, TURN RIGHT or just U-TURN. And most of the time, once you've made the decision, there is no way back i.e. you can't turn back and said "Oops! I think I've made a wrong choice, can I choose the other route instead?".
 
Effectively, life is formed through a series of continuous decisions. We made good decisions, bad decisions and at times no decisions. Sometimes, our decisions might affect others and other times, other people's decisions might impact us.
 
As mentioned above, "no decision" is also a decision, thus, we are "making" tonnes of decisions, day in day out. Of course, at times we might not even know we are "making" a decision. Some are huge decisions (like getting married, change career path etc...) and some are just routine or minor decisions (like what to eat for lunch? Taking bus or driving to work? etc...).
 
Today, I am going to talk about making big decision (the real crossroads of your life). The ones that potentially change your life in the next 10-20 years (or even more) time frame. When you are in such crossroad, what would you do?
 
There is no right or wrong answer to this question! My SIMPLE view is to SLOW DOWN and THINK (before proceed)! 
 
On the THINKING part, pay attention to the following key elements:
 
1. Resources - Always obtain as much information/resources (pertaining to the options available, their pros and cons etc...) before and during the decision making stage. 
 
2. Support - Support from your loved ones like family and friends are important. Thus, be open to them and share your situation/view with them to obtain their support. Of course, I am not saying that you need to get their approval for your decision. But with the necessary support, it will make your decision making process an easier task.    
 
3. Your Inner Voice - Simply put, this is your gut feeling! Ask yourself : what do you really want?
 
quotes on crossroad
Quotes on CROSSROAD
The DON'T :

Never, ever rush into making huge decisions (unless it is a life and death situation which requires your immediate attention or decision). Also, pressure and fear might influence your logical thinking, thus, avoid making decision out of pressure or fear.

Lastly, always remember that you (and only you) are responsible to all the decision you made. No decision is worst than bad decison and bad decisions is a good learning points. Thus, you just need to keep going as the future is an endless road...
 
What do you think? Feel free to leave a note or two in the comment section.
 
Cheers! 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Are We Appreciating (Favor From Others) Correctly All These While?

We are living in a closely knitted community (offline or online), many a times, we can't avoid providing or receiving helps or assistance from each others. They could be your friends, colleagues or even family members. In fact, reciprocity* is important for effective and meaningful living. 

Usually, if we are at the receiving end, we will feel thankful and appreciative. What would you normally do when in such situation? In short, what would you do in appreciating the helps? I guess besides saying zillion times of thank you (if it's a huge favour), you will feel kind of like "owing" the other party something. Whenever there is chance in the future, you will "repay" their kindness. In Chinese, we called it "欠人情". 

Of course, this is human nature and I am sure it is the right thing to do. Having said that, is there any other things that we can do to amplify our appreciation (for the helps received)? I for one believed in the concept of "Paying It Forward" and thus would like to share my opinion on this topic. 

In fact, talk about Pay It Forward, there was a movie with the same title (by Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Harley Joel Osment) which I like it very much. I recommend it to everyone who are into positive and sharing mindset. Click on the image below for more details of the movie:


Following the spirit of Paying It Forward, instead of focusing on repaying back to the providing party, we can amplify our kindness to another third party by providing them the similar kind of helps/assistance. Thus, the more we are appreciating, the more people will get helped and it will turn into a massive web of reciprocity. Can you imagine what kind of positive energy it will generate at the end (in fact, there will be no end to it)?

Do you agree with me? Feel free to share your view in the comment section.

Cheers!     

*Reciprocity is defined as responding to a positive action with another positive action.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hair For Hope Mission Accomplished ; Hope For Hair Next

Finally! I've gotten my fresh look at the very top. 

Yesterday, my maiden participation in the Hair For Hope campaign has come to realization. When I reached the location (Vivo City Singapore) half-an-hour earlier than the registered time, what surprises me are the massive queues. There are 2 queues, one for those pre-registered participants (like me) and the other is for those impromptu candidates. 

While in the queue, can share the excitements of fellow shavees in participating in this meaningful cause, especially for those ladies (kudos to their courage). As per the MC, there were about 8,000 shavees (unaudited) participated in this year's event (which is 2,000 more than this year's target). I am proud to be part of this meaningful event. 

You know what? The icing on the cake is that I have also able to inspired an online donation that exceeded my personal target of $1,000. I know this is not a big amount but every dollar counts! The donation drive is still on-going, if you are interested to check out more or pledge your online donation, feel free to click on Hair For Hope 2013.


Monday, 22 July 2013

I Am Ready For A Bald Statement (Hair For Hope)

hair for hope 2013
YES! I am ready, my hair are ready!

I am ready to experience a brand new image of myself! In less than 5 days' time, I will get my head shaved for a meaningful cause. If you are clueless about what I am referring to, check out my earlier post on Bald Statement - Bold Action.

This is the very first time of me participating in such a big scale charity campaign and I am pretty sure that it wouldn't be my last. In Chinese, there is a saying, 取之社会,用之社会” (briefly translated as "we took it from the society/community ; we returned it to the society/community [via charity/community efforts]) and it will be my living motto from now on. I guess it is never too late to do good ;-)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bald Statement - Bold Action [Hair For Hope 2013]

hair for hope 2013
Botak (Malay for "baldness") might be a taboo situation that any normal person would want to get involved with. However, at times it is not a matter of choice but a consequences that certain individuals need to embrace and go through (e.g. the side effect after going through some necessary cancer treatment).


As part of my ongoing effort to get involve in as many charity movements/meaningful causes as possible, after committed myself with the quarterly blood donation, my next commitment is to participate in the annual Hair For Hope 2013 campaign (this is the 11th year running). Hair for Hope is Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF) signature fundraising event - the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer.