LET"S MAKE THE WORLD HAPPIER
It seems to me that over recent years the world has become greedier, less caring. More demanding, and less thoughtful. The rise of the internet, social media and other advertising is not a good thing - the advertisers are brainwashing us that we cannot be happy unless he have the latest phone, the best shoes, the most expensive car. Everywhere we turn Happiness is equated with Money.
It is an unhealthy way to think and can destroy relationships. Thankfully there is a growing trend to counter these negative influences by concentrating on Thoughtfulness and Kindness. Try to not think of getting what you want, or doing what you want, even if it upset or hurts other people. You will find your life will become a lot more fulfilled if you actively try to consider other people.
It is actually a very nice feeling when someone appreciates a kindness you do for them, even just holding a door open for someone, or letting them go before you in a queue, or perhaps giving up a seat on a bus or train for an older person can make you feel good. I've sometimes helped out someone who finds they have not got enough cash when they get to the till with a little cash. It is always greatly appreciated, and makes you feel very good for improving someones life. I make a habit of trying to do a kindness for someone at least once a day - it's and easy habit to get into. As I go about my daily life now I look around for ways in which I can help people. Kindness is contagious. If you are kind to people you will find they will treat you with respect and kindness also. A life of selflessness is a much better life to live than one of selfishness - kindness always pays off - and makes you a better person.
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Happiness of the poor children. Taken in Chupah district, Gialai province Vietnam.
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For several weeks I’ve been posting weekly blogs about positivity, Philippine issues and inter racial relationship. As may of my readers know, my husband, Arthur, is a published author who writes books set in, and about the Philippines. He lived in Manila for many years and has used his experiences there (good and bad) as the basis of his crime fiction novels and paranormal novels. The characters in his books are all based on people he met and dealt with while he lived there. His books feature politicians, policemen, hotel owners, military men, ladyboys and more that he met while living there. He has, of course, changed the names for obvious reasons. Many of the situations and story lines will seem unbelievable to those living in the west who have no experience of the way things are in the third world, more specifically the backstreet of Manila and the hidden world of the rich and famous. Anyone who has spent any time in the Philippines will recognize many of the places referred to and may even recognize some of the personalities from their descriptions and actions.
They will also realise that the events I refer to, most of which have happened to my husband or someone I know, can easily happen in these tropical islands where things are seldom what they seem on the surface and many things happen which would never happen in the first world. Arthur has tried to weave his local knowledge into tight story lines with many twists and turns. Arthur has won acclaim for his writing from readers of Goodreads, and from more than two hundred reviewers who have commented on his writings on Amazon.com. If you are interested in learning more about Arthur and his work, you find out more here: And you can buy his books at discounted prices here;
Age... A sensitive subject.
If you are a lot older than your spouse it can be a sensitive subject - almost forbidden - but I think it's worth opening the box and discussing.
It affects so many people's lives and can be damaging to an otherwise great relationship. In the West it is unusual for there to be a great age gap between two people in a relationship. In less developed third world countries it is far more common and much more accepted - even among parties of the same race. Sometimes a relationship between a Pinay and a Westerner goes wrong and fails - but even if there is a large age gap this is rarely the reason for the failure of the relationships.
In a marriage between a Westerner and a Philippina, the biggest difference will be their background, their upbringing, their financial circumstances - not their ages. If the two parties are genuine, understanding, and really want to make the relationship work - it will.
After a short while the age gap - no matter how large - will not seem important. There are too many other things to consider in life to let the difference be a problem. Don't worry about the difference - and avoid people who criticize you because of it - They are probably jealous, or just have an unhappy relationship themselves and want to cause disturbance in others. Don't deny or ignore your big age gap - celebrate it - it can be a source of joy and new experiences. Age does not matter - sincerity does. Please share this and stay positive.
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During difficult periods, like the virus we are going through right now, may be a good time to think back and rekindle old friendships that we have lost over the years. The pace of life today, and the mobility we all have often means that we go for weeks, sometimes years without contacting people who once were important to us. Maybe we've just got too busy, or maybe we've moved to another city or even another country. Although this is a very difficult time, it does provide us with opportunities.
Firstly most of us have more time on our hands now. We can use this to think back and remember our friends who maybe we have lost touch with. We can give them a call, send them a message or an email. They will probably be very surprised but pleased to hear from us. Renewing old acquaintances can give us a link to other old friends who we can make contact with. These people were important to us once - they only need to be contacted and we can renew and extend our friendships. If this pandemic has shown us anything, it is that we should treasure those who mean something to us - make that phone call today. Please comment your opinion below
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