Unusual Advice on How to be Happy From My Father


My father is my mom. Yes, I said it! He is a mom to me simply because he emulates the qualities of a mother. No, not in the literally sense, but the deeper, more important aspect of the title. The part of the role that pertains to being a source of wisdom, an incessant nagger about proper hygiene, the harshest critic and the most faithful supporter.

Today, Im going to reveal to my "mom's" secrets on how to live happy (or at least for the most part).

1. "Life is long"

This line is the exact opposite of the popular and more "followed" line: "life is short". However, when you think of it, life really is pretty long. So many years, months, days, hours, minutes, and hours go by and its pretty overwhelming. My dad told us, this frequently as he wanted us to realise that we shouldn't stress out on doing this, going there, achieving that all in a small period of time. Because when we put fixed deadlines and goals for ourselves and then those things don't turn out the way we wanted them to or as quickly as we wanted them to, we crumble and feel like the biggest bag of failure that ever was. And I had to give it to him, I found myself in that situation several times already. To fix this, I needed to realise that its okay for Plan A not to work, its okay if your 5 year plan doesn't take you exactly where you want to be. Instead, I need to enjoy the pace of my life because I'm eventually gonna get there. And maybe you should do yourself a favour and think so too.

2. Being rich is an attitude and you should be rich

Im going to address this right now...I DONT WANT YOU GOING OUT SPENDING MONEY YOU DONT HAVE.

 The importance of seeing yourself as rich is in its ability to make yourself feel better about who you are and where you are. My dad said "If you have 10,000 Php, tell yourself "I am rich" because you have 10,000 Php." Basically, be content with what you have. We all know that money doesn't equal happiness but the assurance of have a basic need and not being afraid to spend it does. With being content with what you have also means allowing yourself to enjoy what you have. My father told me that rich people are often the cheapest of all people. They are stingy when it comes to money and end up pitying themselves because they aren't able to fully see the fruits of their labor.

So say it with me guys: "I am rich."

3. Why it SHOULDN'T be all about you

We all know that the world doesn't revolve around us but what will really make a difference is when we finally know that OUR world shouldn't revolve around us. Making it our OWN world instead of just THE world can make a huge difference in how we will live out our lives. Its the switch from indifference to compassion and care for one another. My father loves his family and would always go the extra mile to show them his love and support. Whether it was in the form of paying for the dinner or renovating my grand parent's house. He told me that even if these things cost money and time, he saw all of it as the source of something greater, true happiness. And choosing to switch our focus from ourselves to others will make that true happiness easier to achieve. 

4. Just keep on working

Dream high. Reach for the stars. These are things that are often said to us. However, whats not usually being said is the possible road bumps and up hill battles on the way before we reach our destination. I mean, who HASN'T gotten frustrated when trying to accomplish something. I remember the time when I was still trying to make french macarons, I was in my FOURTH try and I still couldn't perfect them. I was so annoyed with myself. We can't completely avoid failure but we can adjust our attitude towards work. 

One night my father and I were have another one of those wisdom filled conversations and he told me about the downside of being too goal oriented. He told me that if we focus too much on all the "I wants" in life, we might just end up stressed and filled with tears when we don't get what we expect. He told me about the happiness that comes with simply just working and being satisfied with what you're doing then looking up to see what you've achieved through "just" working. If you apply this into your life, what would have seemed like decades of waiting for your labor to bare fruit will become months of being productive and content every single day.

5. Eat Vegtables and Fruits

This may seems detached but think about it. How many times has your father told you to eat your fruits and veggies? Mine probably told me to remember to eat my fruits and veggies 10000 times over and in the early stages of my life, I didn't really listen. However, 3 years ago my family got a juicer and I was slowly starting to favour the green side (hehehe this was me trying to seem witty). Now, whenever I would feel down or I would feel physically unwell, I would crave for a veggie juice or some fruits and when I do get to satisfy those cravings, I magically feel better :) No pain relievers need!

 I have never really made a post this chatty before and I don't know if it'll get as much views but hey, if I wanna write about something, Im gonna write about it.

I hoped you all enjoyed reading this. PEACE OUT~


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  1. This is such a lovely post! I read it yesterday on my phone and reminded myself to come comment to let you know I really enjoyed it :) I agree with the "life is long" I hate when people say life is short like shut up I'm gonna do whatever makes me happy and if that's staying in with cups of tea every damn night that's what I'm gonna do! xo
    amber love

    1. Thank you so much <3 Super flattered by the fact that you actually remembered to pop by my post again :)

  2. This is such a lovely post. Most of the time, I get words of wisdom from my dad as well instead of my mom. They see things differently than mom's. Life is long and we shouldn't stress out about being successful and achieving a lot at such a young age. Just live life as it is - one day at a time. :) Followed you back.

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  3. I enjoyed reading this a lot :) Your dad must have been a bubble of sunshine for seeing positive things out of negativity, and I admire that. For me, I could wrap it up as just going into my own pace because we have a new day everyday and we can achieve so much more if we only try to work harder with patience. These values instilled by your dad, they're precious, and I hope you look back in this post once in a while and remember the greatness of his wisdom. Have a great day! :)

    Mimi | The Foxy Heroine

  4. Love this, def needed for everyday situations

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  5. Awhh, I really love this post! Such great advice :)
    your dad sounds like he is great!
    I'm so happy I found your blog!

  6. your father gives great advice, lucky you!

  7. Wow having these great advice from your dad must mean you've been into serious life talks! Haha. You must be so lucky! :)

    Lime & Life

  8. This is a really sweet post. And the lessons are so true and something everyone should follow :)
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  9. what a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  10. This is great advice! I especially love the part about feeling rich no matter what you have. Gratitude is so important to happiness!

    Chow Down USA

  11. I really loved reading this post! Your dad has given you such good advice. I especially like the 'life is long' approach, because things don't always turn out the way you think they will, and that's okay. It's important to make the most of things but, as you say, it's also important to enjoy the pace of things xx


  12. Such a lovely and positive post! Loved reading it and your dad gives you great advice x

    Jana // Life of Jana


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