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.


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:




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!


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  🙂







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.






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.




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.


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: Seek Simple Steps to a Spiritual Life

By Aliker David Martin

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle” Albert Einstein

Connecting to the spirit

Before you ignore the idea of spirituality in your pursuit of happiness, take a leap of faith and complete reading my blog post. My intention is to stimulate anxiety in you to explore what those with faith see that you don’t see in a spiritual life. By spirituality it could mean God, higher power, the spirit, Universal source, or nature. My self-conscious spiritual journey began as a child in an elementary boarding school. Apparently, it was a period of war and so many pupils who had witnessed scary scenes were always seeing ghost in their sleep. They would cry out loud so much in the night that even the Matron would get scared. As expected of a missionary school, the chaplain is invited and he teaches us the prayer “ Angle of God”. Looking back as an adult, I realized that we were more scared of uncertainties than the ghost itself. We felt so insecure in our sleep and at school.

Many years after this incidence, I was teaching Christian Religious Education in a high school. Unlike most teachers, after school I would pray with the students before going back home. One day, as I taught about life in the spirit world, a student began to cry. I inquired why she was crying and she told me, her mother will soon be in a theatre for an operation at the hospital and the doctors think she might not make it. Her relatives had visited to prepare her incase her mother didn’t make it. I asked her to join me in prayer after school. I introduced her to having personal moments of reflection on faith. I now consider this meditation. And most importantly, to always attend our choir practice. To make a long story short, her mother survived the operation and she remained strong in her spiritual journey even after high school.

In other words this simple steps in spiritually gave her strength and resilience to cope with the uncertainty in her mother’s life. If you develop a spiritual life, you don’t need to figure out everything or be in control but you live in the flow of life, trusting the underlying benevolence and wisdom of the higher power. And this brings you less stress but a positive outlook on life. That prayer at our elementary school made us less anxious and we looked positively to a night without ghost.

Studies show that those who have a spiritual dimension to their life are happier than those who don’t; they have better marriages and cope better to adversities in their lives. I know some one reading this blog is going through a difficult moment. Take a leap of faith and start your spiritual journey by meditating on your relationship with your spiritual self. Listen to the inner voice in you.

Not only does spirituality give a person strength and resilience, it helps us understand that when you seek to broaden your perspective and try to see life from a spiritual point of view, everything makes a lot more sense. My student took a leap of faith to explore the path of spirituality that she had less travelled and it changed her life.

Conclusively, Teilhard de Chardin a philosopher once said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. You lose nothing seeking a spiritual life.

Talinism and Aliker’s Gold for the Day: Teach Your Children Well

December 1, 2011

Dr. Amos is one of my most favourite bloggers.In this article, Dr. Amos refers to my blog in his blog post in no better way I could have shared with you.Please enjoy his writing. Dr. Amos blogs on Mental Health, Psychiatry.

Talinism and Aliker’s Gold for the Day: Teach Your Children Well

Talinism and Aliker’s Gold for the day: “Teach your children the good qualities, teach your children to do good, teach your children to respect others.” Get the skinny straight from Talin Orfali at

Aliker’s Gold: “Just like in a kraal, the bull that is better fed wins its fights. In the mind are two bulls (thoughts), negative thoughts and positive thoughts. If you feed your mind with positive ideas, you reap joy and happiness and vice versa. In Africa, names have meaning. Those who name their children Komakech (I am unlucky), fortune elude them. Speak positively to yourself and to others and you will find joy. I learnt to tell myself how much I am loved and found happiness in this magic and I passed it on to my family.” Now visit the gold mine at https://happinessnest.wordpress.com/category/joy/.

By the end of the month, I’ll have completed a year of blogging on PostADay 2011 at WordPress. I’ve talked too much, learned a lot, made good friends, and learned to shut up. And it cost me nearly nothing. The best gift to get is the one to give–kindness. Pass it on.

Aliker David Brown, Humanism in Medicine, postaday2011, Talin Orfali, Talinism

About Jim Amos
Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
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HAPPINESS: Lessons of Faith from Steve Jobs

By Aliker David Martin

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
—M. Scott Peck

Jobless not Hopeless

Steve Jobs is the co-founder of Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak. He died October 5th 2011. My guess is you are startled about Steve Jobs as a man of faith yet he is better known in corporate circles. The life of Steve Jobs was characterized by happiness and sadness. These issues help to illustrate his faith. Last week, a friend who signed up on my blog mailed me to thank me for the content of my blog. He confessed that he had been fired from his job and my blog is such an inspiration. This inspired me to write about job loss and happiness. My research led me to the life of Steve Jobs.

In our online chat I asked him, “Did you have a permanent job or worked on contract?” He responded, “My contract was expiring in a months time”. So why do we get shocked when we know some day, we will not have the jobs we have? It all comes down to fear. We fear unemployment and its impact on our dependants.  We fear uncertainties that lie ahead.

Certainly, Steve Jobs had this fears because he was human but Steve was a man of faith. Realizing that the opposite of fear is faith, Steve had faith in himself; he had faith in world providence and he had faith in his guts and destiny. While I listened to his commencement address in 2005 to Stanford graduates on YouTube, Steve says, “sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick, don’t lose faith”. Speaking on connecting the dots in his life he says, “you have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, Karma, whatever”. Steve’s message was on self-confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the unknown path because it could make the difference.

Having said that, John C. Maxwell a best-selling author and preacher says, there are a lot of things in life that are difficult to understand. Faith allows the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.” He emphasizes that; “people of faith understand that when you seek to broaden your perspective and try to see life from a heavenly vantage point, everything makes a lot more sense. Believe that the best is yet to come by broadening your perspective through faith. Have faith that a better job awaits you. Your next job is just a step away.

Listen and learn from Steve Jobs

Happiness: Rise and Shine

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has taught me more about the many heart breaks we get in life.It could be losing to love, it could be losing a job and it could losing property. In 1893 G. B. Shaw asserted that,“people are always blaming their circumstance for what they are.I don’t believe in circumstances.The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them,make them”.The question of perseverance is a personal commitment and dedication to overcome adversity.No body does it better than yourself. Maya Angelou, an American author and poet; awarded over 30 honorary degrees and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize award recited this poem on And Still I Rise.Please enjoy; get inspired and motivated to change the circumstances around you for yourself.

Happiness: How can I find Happiness?

This morning is special to any new blogger like me.There are many people outside there who think they are so busy to have time to blog. Others think they are not smart enough to confidently share their ideas online. But most important is the question,why should I be a blogger. The answer is simple; if you are searching for happiness,one of the secrets of happiness is developing a passion and pursuing it. T. Alan Amstrong once said,“if there is no passion in your life,then have you really lived? Find your passion,whatever it might be.Become it and let it become you and you will find great things happened for you, to you and because of you. After graduate school as an immigrant, I contemplated what next, I chose to occupy myself sharing my experiences of coming to America.This led me to the life of a blogger.Here, I found Happiness and a vibrant community to relate with online.This is how blogging can bring you happiness.This blog post brought me utmost joy than I have received in a while. I encourage you to begin blogging NOW

Happy Thoughts Keep the Wolf at Bay: Thanks, Aliker

David Martin

November 28, 2011

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I got a very nice gift recently from Aliker David Martin– a peek into his views on happiness. You can read a great post of his on his site The Happiness Nest at linkhttps://happinessnest.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/happiness-change-the-way-you-think/. He’s a motivational speaker, university educated in San Diego, though clearly he has an international home. His post speaks to the hidden opportunities there are in learning about what thoughts are and what they can and cannot do, and how they can keep the wolf of fear at bay.

Aliker’s post reminds me of the power our thoughts have on our moods and our behavior. It reminds me of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can be a powerful, effective tool for treating psychiatric disorders, such as major depression. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to make use of the skills you can learn from CBT. Although the efficacy of web-based versions of CBT seem to be more durable if there is a real live therapist on the other end of the ethernet cable, you can still learn a lot about recognizing negative thoughts, accepting them as a part of you, seeing the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (health and unhealthy)…and choosing to change when you’re ready.

Aliker’s words got me thinking about what happiness means to me. As the Geezer gets older, happiness means being thankful for what others have done to enrich my life, reminding me what I might be on earth for…giving something back in return.

I am reminded of  “Up”, a favorite movie my wife and I occasionally still watch. Ellie’s theme is a happy-sounding little tune, yet the video shows both the joy and sadness Carl and Ellie have in their life until she dies. How Carl literally carries his sorrow and how he eventually rediscovers what happiness really means to him is symbolized in a very special way in the film. Letting go of what we treasure most and reinvesting our devotion through bonding with those who need us most could be the hardest (yet most rewarding) lesson in life to learn.

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About Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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