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Live Well and Be Happy

Undoubtedly, 2020 had been a tumultuous year for all of us. For some, it could even be a year of sadness and loss. Loss of freedom, loss of stability, loss of jobs, and even loss of loved ones. As I'm writing this, the world is still battling hard with the pandemic. 

As we stepped into 2021, let's embrace Faith, Hope and Love. We will continue to learn new things, change and transform our lives to accommodate new ways of working, playing and living. Focus on family, health and the environment. Keep our mind and body active always. Besides family, remember that friends play an important role in our social and mental health. So, my friends, have a truly blessed new year. Whatever life throws at you; all this will pass.    

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January 2021

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The writer, Lucy Kellaway, shares her trials and tribulations of going grey. This is an eventuality for most of us. And, most chose not to go grey by colouring their hair. For most of us who are greying, Kellaway's experiences are not unfamiliar. Read more...
"Things can and will go wrong" urged Gary Hayden in this article. He recounted a poem by Robert Burns, a great Scottish poet, "To A Mouse, by way of apology."  Read more...
The only true currency each of us has is time... Time to spend in exchange for other things, time to give away, and time to keep for oneself – to preserve and to renew, to rejuvenate and revive the spirit that is the moving power behind all we do. Read more...
New researches in America found that social separation or lack of social connection increases the risk of heart disease by 29 per cent and stroke by 32 per cent. Socially isolated individuals especially those in middle age, have a 30 per cent higher risk of dying in the next seven years. Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the world. Declaring loneliness is seen as a stigma of admitting our failure in life.  Read more...
In this article, Gary Hayden explores the virtue of empathy. The feeling of empathy or compassion motivates us to act in good and unselfish ways to reduce the amount of suffering in the world around us. It is believed that compassion makes us happier. According to the Dalai Lama, “…It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards others.” The writer believes that compassion helps us to connect with people in a warmer and friendlier manner and, in return, we enjoy better relationships and live more fulfilling lives. Read more...
Notably, one of the most liveable cities in the world, Copenhagen is also the most walkable. Denmark has been consistently ranked highly in global indices on education, health care, social mobility and human development. It is probably no coincidence that it is also a country renowned for its people-centric urban planning which promotes cycling and walking. Notwithstanding that it has taken the city planners over 50 years to create good pedestrian environments, the philosophy of “pedestrians as a priority” cuts across the whole Denmark. The writer then looks back at such development in Singapore and how it compares.  Read more...
The writer, a columnist, who writes for the Financial Times for the last 31 years is calling it quits next summer. She is going to teach trigonometry in a school in inner London where the shortage of teachers is worst. Rationalising her decision to walk away from the job she loves and that pays well, did not seem like a big struggle as she puts it, “But the biggest thing, which readers may find hard to swallow given my entire career has been based on ridiculing others, is that, for my next act, I want to be useful.” Read more...
Ever imagine what your life will be like without your mobile phone? Lucy Kellaway shares her story of being without her smartphone for a whole week on a work trip and back. The rediscovery of doing things we once did in our old non-digitised world is not only refreshing but ironically liberating. Like talking to someone at a conference (networking instead of reading off your smartphone), asking for directions on the street (beats Google Maps), and taking a bus when you cannot Uber. Finally, you’ll find that you have more time to think and admire the world around you. Read more...
Gary Hayden used to put people in pigeonholes when he was young. He realises now that labelling people that way is all nonsense. Humans are complex, we should not be labelled and we have the capacity to change ourselves when exposed to new and conducive circumstances. Having exposed himself to long-distance walking which he thought he dislikes, he soon found himself enjoying long walks in the countryside. Quoting Prof Michael Puett in his book, The Path: A New Way To Think About Everything, "Every person has many different and often contradictory emotional dispositions, desires and ways of responding to the world." Read more...
The fact that life is transient makes it so precious. This article reminds us to be mindful of the miracle of existence and to savour each fleeting moment of beauty and enjoy life’s experiences while they last. We should appreciate each sunrise, each blossom, each meeting with friends, and each cup of tea. As Gary Hayden watches a little girl blowing bubbles among the cherry blossoms in Japan, the bubbles vanished before him, he knows the blossoms will soon be gone too – he savoured that moment alongside the little girl’s father who sat nearby. Japanese hold ‘hanami’ parties to enjoy cherry blossoms which is symbolic of the fleeting beauty of life and its experiences: here one moment and gone the next. Read more...
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