Friday, August 26, 2016

Change The Way You See Happiness



While other people are very secretive with their age, I am proud and excited to be forty this September. The idea of getting old is bittersweet. It's something to celebrate because there are those who die young. It is also something that reminds me that I'm slowly inching towards pushing up daisies. 

I've been in a reflective mood every now and then. Looking back at the past decades of my life, how do I see happiness?


Happiness is my twin. We arrived on earth the same day I inhaled my first breath outside my mother's womb. As a baby I have no idea what happiness means. But I know it was something I gave my parents. Me being born made a wonderful difference in their life.


Happiness is knowing a child is waiting for you at home after a long day at work. It is the smile that greets you as you enter the door. It is the hug that says, "I miss you. I'm glad you are now home." It is the discovering of new things. It is the first word, the first step, the first vacation. 

Playtime with my siblings and cousins

As a child, happiness is creating memories with the people I love.


Growing up has changed my definition of happiness. It is being famous in school because you are either beautiful or intelligent. It means being able to do "cool stuff" with your friends. Happiness is being noticed by your crush. 

As a teenager, happiness is feeling good about myself.


University life was tough. It was when I had to prove everybody that I deserve the Accountancy Major slot I was given. Being beautiful or famous do not matter this time. Happiness means passing the qualifying exams. It means marching at the PICC after four years while crying because I am now part of the Thomasian Alumni. 

Happiness means getting hired while still reviewing for the board examination. It means climbing the corporate ladder and enjoying the perks of success.

As a career woman, happiness is being an achiever.


Getting married to my boyfriend of 12 years is one of the best things that happened in my life. Last April, we celebrated our 12 years of marriage. That's a total of twenty four years of being together. We've got our share of ups and downs. We still don't agree on a lot of things. But happiness is waking up next to this man every morning. It is the feeling of being loved in spite of my shortcomings. 

As a wife, happiness is having someone who looks beyond my imperfections.


Happiness cannot have only one definition. It is the sum of all the experiences in every phase of our life that has made us what we are today. I still have a long way to go. I want to capture every moment that will define my happiness with Huawei P9. Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica. It has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others. Mobile Photography has made me share in an instant snaps of my gastronomic indulgence, travels and adventures to the world through my social media accounts and my blog. 

Let's keep the positive energy flowing. Share with me a moment in your life that defines happiness. 

18 comments:

  1. As the youngest son, seeing my mom proud and in tears when i graduated on top of my batch was priceless. Telling her, and seeing the looking on her face, that she needs to arrive on time during my graduation because I'm the 1st to march was also priceless

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    1. It feels great whenever we make our parents proud. I grew up making sure I don't disappoint them that's why when I failed in a computer class in college and I was very certain napag initan lang kami ng professor sobrang nakakadepress :(

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  2. Happiness is spending time with someone I was forbidden to be with. People will judge me but right now this is happiness for me.

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  3. I can say that a true happiness always comes with tears..
    There is one situation in my life where my former Boss accused me of insulting her, and she got very angry with me, she hit me a lot of time in my chest and telling me to fight back, what i did is i keep myself calm and telling her that she is my Boss why should I do that, after that i went into a room and pray, i do not know if she heard me or not, but when i got out of that room, she hugged me and she said she is very sorry she was wrong while she is crying, and i said to myself, wow! is this for real? my Boss is hugging me and saying sorry to me? I just told her that everything will be fine and it is nothing. that moment, i felt so happy and blessed i almost cried, since then I Always believed that prayers can do miracle in your life, and i know that it's a true happiness that i will never forget.

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    1. I really admire people who can control their emotions. I am sometimes guilty acting inappropriately because I let my emotions control me. Thank you because what you shared somehow reminds me to pray instead when confronted with this kind of situation.

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  4. WOW! I like! Contagious ang happiness mo and I am super happy that you have this sense of appreciation of the beautiful things in your life. Age is just a number, as everyone our age keeps saying, right? Keep up with the positivity!

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  5. Mababaw pero yung being able to enjoy Viking's buffet after being deprived of food because of sickness.

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  6. Thank you for reminding us to always be happy in all the things that we do! :) Happiness is everywhere, we just have to learn how to find it. I always remind myself that if I can learn to appreciate life like the little kids, it'll be a lot easier to be happy!

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  7. Happiness is so important but for some difficult to achieve. I think it starts by accepting ourselves and not worrying what others think. Glad you have found your happy place and are helping others find theirs :)

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  8. Everybody has their own definition of Happiness. We all look for this one thing all our life - happiness. But we dont need to look beyond the simple moments to find happiness. Enjoy turning forty. Its the mind that should stay young :)

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  9. As for me, I see happiness by seeing my loved ones happy literally that they don't go through a lot of problems in life and if they do, we are all there to face it as one.

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  10. Beautiful post and love how relevantly you have linked it to an incident in your life. Most of us forget our happy moments in the course of time and keep heading towards that unachieved goal. This brought a smile to my face :)

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  11. For me, happiness is having a family you can rely on. I come from a broken family. The happiest days of my life is when we're still all together.

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  12. being with my family is happiness.. nothing makes me happier than spending time with them.. well of course, when their food for a family celebration, that's a happier moment! Freelancer Philippines

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    1. One of the reasons why I love family reunion is the food that we get to share and most of the time there are fond memories associated with the food :)

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  14. You're so lucky! Not all people realize the importance of Family. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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  15. Ahhh~ I love reading insightful posts like this. Plus the photos made it much more genuine. My definition of happiness depends on the situation I'm in. All I know is that happiness is a choice. :)

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