The Philippines ranked third in the Happiest countries in the world according to a survey conducted by a US-based firm Gallup International. Filipinos are resilient and always exude a positive attitude against calamity might it be the weather, water or power interruption, the recent inflation, and the different issues the country is facing . Happiness is subjective and every experience taught us to appreciate the simple things in life.
I recently met with an amazing individual who amidst having an auto-immune disease manages to inspire and stay happy. Winston Maxino was the first winner of the Happiest Pinoy by Cebuana Lhuiller. He is a corporate executive who was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis – a degenerative and currently incurable bone disease. He also discovered that his daughter Brina Kei suffers from Down Syndrome.
This is my favorite part of the speech given by Mr Maximo: “A for acceptance- accept wholeheartedly the things that you cannot change, G for Gratitude-gratefully acknowledge the many angels whom God sends your way and E for Excellence-excel quietly in the little ways that you can. That spells A-G-E for Age. So let us remember to AGE graciously everyday and reap happiness along the way. Then let us watch as God rewards our trust in Him with magical moments and majestic miracles that we never imagined are possible.”
Winning the Happiest Pinoy opened more opportunities to teach and share his story to a lot of people who are also experiencing this type of disease. Inspiring people to have a more positive outlook in life does not require a grand gesture.
Happiness can be shared by:
- Simply saying thank you and appreciating the smallest efforts that a close friend, family, or colleague exerted.
- Making people laugh by cracking a joke or laugh out loud when a joke is told. As a laughter is quite contagious as well as a smile so always start your day with one.
- Making time for family, for a colleague or friend. Even just remembering a birthday, anniversary, or an important celebration can make a difference in a person’s mood.
- Showing your care and support even if they are not in dire need. By just texting a friend or family and asking them about their day can spiff up anyone’s aura.
- Show affection like a hug or a kiss, or simply listen to their concerns and worries.
Search for the Happiest Pinoy this 2019?
This 2019 the search is down to 20 finalists and up to P1 million in cash prize is up for grabs. The Cebuana Lhuiller’s search for the Happiest Pinoy’s entries garnered up to 800,000 applications nationwide.