There is no key to happiness, the door is always open. Happiness, the highest level of success. Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after achieving a difficult task that demanded our best.

Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

Sometimes I tend to think that the real satisfaction we could have, especially in our golden years, is to reminisce, recall and ponder how we have escalated from the lowest point in life, bounced back from failures and overcome the inconceivable challenges we had to improve our life for the better.

No one is born happy but everyone is born with ability to create happiness. Most of us seek happiness in material possessions, in riches; as if consumerism is the supreme good from which all others are derived. Yet most of us are never satisfied, insatiable, and therefore, not happy. Happiness consists is loosening our grip on materialism.

We spend most of our lives running after things and doing things. We forget that existence comes before doing. When we stop, observe and understand the reality that life helps and brings whatever is needed, we would learn to be at peace. It is our most fundamental nature.

No one is born happy but everyone is born with ability to create happiness.

I have learned to live by this creed to always try to have a little laugh at life and look around me for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in our darkest moment, we can usually find something to laugh about if we try hard enough. I believe that someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, let us laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding ourselves that everything happens for a reason.

I have also learned that the road to happiness lies in two simple principles: to find what interests us that we can do well, and put our whole soul into it, every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability we have. In addition, I always believe that to be happy, we have to keep our heart free from hate, our mind from worry; to live simply, expect little and give much; to scatter sunshine, forget self and think of others.

By Tim Pedrosa


Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him/her.