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What Defines Happiness?


On this International Day of Happiness, take a few minutes to ask yourself, what defines happiness in your life?

According to the recent World Happiness Report, while Finland is at the top, Kenya ranked 124. (See more on:

Undoubtedly the ever smiling person you can think of immediately is the Dalai Lama and here’s an interesting read on what he thinks about Compassion and Happiness, his blog post

What is happiness to you can be different to the person sitting right next to you. Also the state of mind in changing constantly even in moments, for example you might experience joy from eating your favourite chocolate cupcake and right after feel guilty for indulging in the choice of eating a sugary item. Thus, is the state of our mind, bouncing from thought to thought, positive to negative or vice versa.

To bring yourself into a constant state of happiness, there is much work to be done. While some seek Prayer, some seek motivational talks, some seek pleasure with friends or family, you have to realize it is again a unique proposition and satisfaction index.

Here’s a definition that inspires me:

“Humor opens closed hearts. Humor can free us from the grip of our thoughts. When we smile, we feel we can accept things we previously could not. We feel we can forgive those who have wronged us. Humor is an essential part of life.”- by Haemin Sunim

Take some time periodically in your life to get in touch with your inner happiness and your quest for success will surely continue to charter its course smoothly.


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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Happiness Is Inside All of Us, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 24th March, 2017


Happiness Is Inside All Of Us


Some people chase success, some people chase money, very few people chase happiness. That is because they think it will come from success and money. While there is no denying that money buys you things you like, places you want to go to, certain experiences, happiness has no price tag. You have to earn your happiness.

The Dalai Lama says, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” That is kind, but I like how Abraham Lincoln also sums it up, by saying “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

Yes, it is up to you and you only to be happy.

The International Day of Happiness started in 2013 to recognize that happiness is an important requirement of our lives.

While this year the Smurfs (famous cartoons) rallied on their three goals to attaining happiness, which are end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet, there was an index to show which country fared on this rank of happiness.

There was no surprise that Norway was the happiest country in the world, especially since it has almost no poverty, great equality and excellent climate protection. The poor Americans dropped one place to 14th, they are getting sadder, but luckily for them the UK was 19th. While Syria and Yemen were at the bottom, the interesting thing were the main components used to calculate the rankings; how people rate social support, personal freedom, corruption and generosity. While the UAE was the happiest country in the Arab world, the shocking winner in East Africa was Somalia.

Somalia is ranked 5th while our very own Kenya is 13th in Africa according to the Gallup World Poll. It is interesting to note that in their calculation which they call Afrobarometer, “while poor infrastructure and lack of service delivery may contribute to lived poverty and depressed happiness, it may also undermine Africa’s democracy project. A case in point is South Africa’s relatively new democracy. The latest Afrobarometer survey conducted there suggests that 64% of South African respondents thought that democracy was preferable to any other kind of government, a similarly high percentage (62%) stated they would be ‘very willing’ or ‘willing’ to give up regular elections to live under a non-elected government capable of ensuring law and order and service delivery.”

Somalia has been a war torn country and perhaps they are rising to the top of happiness because they value the support system of happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. With their newly elected President Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo the expectations of moving forward and creating history are high, especially since the country is finally trying to put together its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. By the way even Pakistan and Bangladesh ranked higher and happier than India.

Kenya is not happy because of a long list of old issues and some new ones that are manifesting to become dangerous signs to disaster.

While there is progress in investment, there is almost no progress in fighting corruption. While there is progress in community security, there is very little for law and order. Those in charge of our security need to be secure in their lives, better working conditions, remunerations and goals to achieve. Our failing national doctors and the entire clogged system is crippling the nation’s health. The ever growing pains of teachers who are meant to shape tomorrow’s leaders are busy still fixing their state of affairs. If we do not get a grip on these key issues amongst others then we are setting up a whole new generation of failure and even the oil discoveries will not float us out of the dirty crap.

The mind, the will, the heart, all need to change to be honest, compassionate and happy. There is just no other way to achieve a better ranking not for the sake of an index but for the real truth, progress and happiness.

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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Point Blank with Asian Weekly, 20th March 2015

International Day of Happiness

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When superstar Pharrell Williams released his song “happy” in 2013 it became a rage and quickly the United Nations endorsed 20 March as the International Day of Happiness.

Happiness, the biggest secret that exists remains a mystery. We humans are strange, we want it all the time but rarely do enough to make it happen. You can argue that it means different things to different people, for example buying a new phone can make someone happy but getting a hug from the person you love makes you happy.

So what makes people sad? Let’s explore this, because it obviously the easiest. Not enough money, poor health, people don’t love you, failure at work, exams, life, family, husband, wife, dog, worker, grandmother, politicians, president, singers and so on. Things make people sad and people make people mad.

Just think of how much time and energy you spend being sad, mad or bad? Is it worth it? “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I’m not being the bearer of doom and gloom news, but to get to the positive you need to address the negative. Since that is done, you must be wondering if I have the ultimate solution. Guess what I don’t. Nobody does but you and you alone.

Religious people find solace and happiness in remembering their God and rely on him to shower blessings that will make them smile. There is nothing wrong with that, only remember God wants you to be happy all the time too, he can only do so much, what are you doing about it?

Fear is an important ingredient to giving you happiness. When you are confident, you are superficial, but when you are afraid, you are real, there is feeling. You will cry and then you will laugh. Happiness should not be perceived as an achievement, it is your state of mind. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.

Be real, be in control, your mind is your most powerful thing. Most people think that happiness is related to the heart, but not so much. When you are faced with bad times, it hurts, you are down and out, but if you kept your held high, thought positively, happiness comes in the smallest moments. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV.

Don’t wait for that perfect moment, man, woman, job, career, business, country, house or whatever. What is going on in your mind, make it stronger, make it smile it will show in your eyes and melt your heart all the time.

The 2015 theme for the International Day of Happiness is about connections. Dig deep, look around, use that smart phone and connect with anyone and everybody. Send a joke, a smile, a hug or kisses, don’t hold back.

Tell that someone how you feel, cheer someone else up, it is more satisfying. When you are content, at peace with your soul, anything is possible. The secret of happiness will unfold naturally and all you have to do is reach out and “be happy”.




Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


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