HAPPINESS: Six more award nominations for my Blog


In 2011, I started The Happiness Blog to inspire and bring happiness to as many people as I could online. Just like the saying,”you get what you give” I didn’t know it would bring me this joy. Little did  I know it will improve my writing skills. I also didn’t know I have a talent that could gain acknowledgment and recognition from different distinguished people from different continents.Sarah Ban Breathnach once said,”Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working can help us not only survive but surmount our difficulties”. Nothing has brought me more happiness than blogging in many months. On this note, I would like to humbly accept this nominations and thank authors of the following blogs:

Jennifer Vidal  http://misformarriageandmotherhood.wordpress.com/about/

Andrea http://andreacarbax.wordpress.com/about/

Jonathan http://237blessed.wordpress.com/about/

Connie Wayne http://ahopefortoday.com/about-m/

Amira   http://mindblur.wordpress.com/about-2/

This outstanding bloggers inspired me to realize my potential, they could inspire you too. If you believe in the power of words to change lives,please visit their blog and see why they are unique and spectacularly a sensation. That click could change your life.

THE GENUINE BLOGGER AWARDS

Two bloggers nominated me for this award. Jennifer and Andrea nominated me for the this award. Honestly, I follow Jennifers blog religiously. I don’t only follow her because of her religious content but because she inspires me every other day to be a better family man. She also writes from the heart. Andrea has a very artistic nature of presenting her ideas. Her writing style is so poetic and appealing to me for the time I have followed her blog.

Since there seem to be no procedure to follow to nominate any one, I would like to nominate:

http://willofheart.wordpress.com/

http://granbee.wordpress.com/

LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD

At this point it’s not surprising that I am one of Jennifers’ top four bloggers. That’s why she has also nominated me for this Liebster Blog Award.

I am therefore not going to get tired of appreciating her for being such a great fan of my writing and a great friend too. The small things that one does in one’s life gets a long way in making them a better person but most important is that it takes you further in life.

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

MY NOMINATIONS

As expected of this nominations, I have the  honor to nominate five (5) out standing bloggers to this Award. There is no doubt that I have hundreds of bloggers I admire,however I’m obliged to follow the Awards rules.My Awards go to; I can hear drum-rolls  🙂

http://workthedream.wordpress.com/

http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/

http://danieladamian.wordpress.com/

http://twopartswhimsicalonepartpeculiar.wordpress.com/

http://kweschn.wordpress.com/

THE KING OF KINGS AWARD

To be a king is an expression of the highest regard a blogger can have of you. I do hope this blog will inspire me to have a good Kings generosity to give and not expect back the wisdom of Happiness. While this award to me is for my passion in promoting the Kingdom of God, I believe there are many bloggers I have encountered online who share my values and appreciation of life. I will therefore nominate bloggers whose message has inspired me in my spiritual journey and life.

http://eof737.wordpress.com/

http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/

http://www.amberrisme.com/

http://mmejocelyne.wordpress.com/

http://fourbluehills.com/

With great pleasure, these are my nominations for King of Kings Award. i do hope that visiting their blogs inspires you  and makes you a better person.

HOPE UNITES GLOBALLY AWARD

http://hopesfortoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hug-award1.png.

http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

Connie Wayne is my latest blogging Hero. I am so much taken up by her works that if she had not been the author of this award, I would gladly nominate her to this award. I certainly find my self in the highest happiness index to realize that I am among the people she has nominated after creating this Award. This is a very special blog award with a more comprehensive regulation for one to take part in the nomination awards.

I will therefore nominate one special blogger. I have always turned to her writing in my spiritual journey.Her writing keeps me much stronger in faith. God is Good is a blog that gives me a clearer purpose in life and a better understanding of who I am.

http://godtestimonies.wordpress.com/about/

Conclusively, this has been a long blog post. I however would like to thank every one who signed up to receive my blog post every time I make a post. We are in hundreds and more keep signing up daily. It’s no more about me and my passion for happiness. It’s about our desire to find and share happiness.This year our dream is to turn this ideas to practical aspects of bringing happiness to those who need it. I will be grateful to receive any ideas of practicing or bringing happiness to every one’s life.Thank you so much.


HAPPINESS: WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE HOPE

By Aliker David Martin

September 26th, 2011

How do you respond to adversity in your life? In our families, we all have experienced incidences of adversity. But how have we responded to it? We all respond differently when faced with adversity in our lives. I once attended a graduation ceremony of a friend. His mother gave a very strong testimony of hope in the face of adversity. This is an edited version of her story. In 1989, we were blessed with a handsome baby boy. Unlike the six other siblings, William (not real name) was instantly sickly and spent many months in hospital. After so much effort like it’s characteristic in Africa, the doctors gave up. They could not trace his veins to administer medication to the blood. One day, a doctor came over and asked my husband to have a moment to talk. He sympathized with my husband and told him they cannot save the boy. Soon they will be discharged. Hiding his tears, my husband calmed me down and told me what the doctor told him. I listened but never responded. I was overwhelmed with the need to dialogue with my spiritual self and silently started to pray. My husband packed everything and headed home. I told him I would come later to allow me engage my faith and ask for divine intervention. A nursing aid brought the discharge note and found me deep in prayer. She said, “mom don’t worry, your child will be fine”. Ironically, she placed the discharge note next to her and moved out. Before she could open the door, she asked me, “Can I try one last time if I can trace the veins?” I just nodded in acceptance. That act of hope saved my son. I am glad today William has withered all forms of adversity in his life as a student. She concluded by saying, “your graduation is a testimony of why hope supersedes human wisdom”. So back to my article, why should we have hope when there seems no light at the end of the tunnel?

Hope is a message that gets coded in the heart. The heart is the custodian of joy and sadness. Our actions are determined by what we think. The information from our brain sends a message to the heart that directs our actions. If you lose hope, it means you have stopped trying other options but expecting a different result. Remember winners never quit and quitters never win. William’s mother and the nursing aid did not give up but thought of trying another chance and it saved William’s life.

Hope in spiritual higher power

Also, to have hope is a question of faith. What do you believe in? It could be evolution, it could be nature, it could be natural intelligence and it could be in God. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s some spiritual higher power over mankind that relates to our joy and sadness. To lose hope is to doubt your own beliefs and trust human wisdom above this spiritual higher power. If you believe that some day you will be fine, it will be. Napoleon Hill says,” you can be anything you want to be, if you only belief with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve”. William’s mother didn’t believe that the last judgment on her son’s life lies in the wisdom of the doctors but in that higher power. It took the nursing aid’s belief and conviction that she can do what the doctors have failed to do and save William and that’s what happened.

Therefore, as you go through adversities in your life, never give up. Always look to what you believe in and persist in trying to do some thing differently to find a different result. Adversity could be a sickness, divorce, losing a good job. Just don’t allow human judgment to over ride that higher power that you believe in. Rabindranath Tagore says, “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.