Five highly effective practices for creating lasting happiness

Creating lasting happiness

When terrible things are happening around us, how do we go about create happiness that can be lasting? First we have to remind ourselves that agony and happiness come from the same place – the mind. We have to create peace in our minds for the process to start.

I have created this simple daily practice to help you create harmony in the mind.

The Happiness Diary is designed to help you maintain a positive state of mind. It is only with a positive mind that you will be able to release painful emotional patterns and self-limiting beliefs that you have accumulated through your life experiences. This practice does not involve your brain; it involves your heart – just another word for your mind.

The following five guidelines, if practised daily, will help you to live more positively:

  • Gratitude
  • The power of smiling
  • Practising kindness
  • Doing without doing
  • Think, talk and behave positively

At the end of your day, sit down in a quiet room if possible and review the day’s events. Write a short paragraph on each guideline, detailing your experiences and your reactions to them. Recording this information will help you to reflect more deeply on your actions. Sincere reflection makes space for realisations, which opens the door to more clarity and the capacity to deal more positively with what life throws at us.


Write three things you appreciate the most:

In you: what do you like most about yourself? What gratitude do you feel for the good things you have done, and what more can you do to make your life better? How can you extend this gratitude to others who have helped you in some way?

In others: what do you appreciate most about the people in your life? How do you show it to them? If someone has helped you in some way, enjoy the feeling of gratitude you have for them.

In your current situation: if something or someone is creating a negative emotional reaction, try to see it as an opportunity for change. Negative feelings are a sign that something needs to be changed, and by finding the root of the problem we can see ourselves more clearly. Try to feel grateful for the opportunity.

The power of smiling

The world’s awful atrocities could stop us from smiling altogether. But smiling gives us strength, it gives us hope and most of all it’s infectious to those around us. As the saying goes: ‘Smile and whole world smiles with you.’ It makes a much needed connection.

Practise kindness

Do things for yourself and for others with kindness, love and with your heart without expecting anything in return. A kind act is never forgotten.

‘Doing without doing’:

Try not to involve your ego when doing something for someone. In other words: do it but don’t advertise it – especially if you know that it will bring you praise and acknowledgement from colleagues, friends, family, etc. “Once you do a good deed, let it go.”

Think, talk and behave positively:

Thinking negatively leads to negative talk and behaviour. Be aware of your thoughts and think twice before voicing them if they will have a negative impact on others. To change a negative thinking pattern into a positive one requires vigilance and consistency. When you catch yourself having a negative thought immediately think about something good. With practice it becomes easier.

Be happy.

Master Oh


Master Oh

Master Oh is a London-based energy healer and natural health practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience working with the original energy that creates life, which is Qi energy. Having himself suffered and overcome chronic issues at an early age, he has dedicated his life to sharing his healing method with the world.

He has opened Qi centres in Australia, America and Europe, and is constantly looking to help more people live free from physical, emotional and mental pain. Master Oh believes that by developing our innate good-hearted, generous and compassionate nature we can not only bring health and happiness into our lives, but also bring peace and harmony into our world.


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