Friday, September 30, 2011

9 signs you're happier than you think

Extracted from Yahoo! Shine, these are 9 signs you're happier than you think. Let's review and see if I have comments.

1. You were a smiley student

According to the article, i have to check the year book. But I believe, I did not have a big grin in my MRSM year book. It was more like, senyum control :P Picture was actually taken at a very small pekan in Penang named Kongsi. So you can't really blame me :) Hehehe...

2. You have a sister

Oh yes, I do have a sister. Baby - the baby sister. So as claimed in the article:"People with at least one female sibling report better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families" hmmm.... I like the fact this made me happy. Now, I pity those who didn't have one :)

3. You're not glued to the TV

The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube

I can be in this category however it is not the TV. I'm glued to the internet! Which is as contagious as it is being in front of the TV! I can youtubed so many things and at the same time; hopped to one fashion blog to another! I have to cut down time spent on the internet. Seriously, I do... So this is not a happy harteeny sign.

4. You keep souvenirs on display

People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside. Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.

I used to have picture frames everywhere. Now, no more. I don't like unpractical gifts like patung2, magnets, ape2lah yang too small, collect habuk :P But if received of course, Thank You. I need to update my board. or rather; Wall with new pictures. Happy pictures.

5. You make exercise a priority

People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers. Compared with sedentary people, joggers are 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found. Couch potatoes who start moderate exercise—the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day—experience the greatest happiness lift.

OMG, i definitely fail this one and in desperate need to start doing something about this. See how easy for me to run from this topic. I can only write this much of comment because i know I'm in sin when it comes to EXERCISING!

6. You have a healthy love life

InsyaAllah, I can ace this one. Nothing keeps me happier than having Zukry in my life. I just have to get him at sight daily - now only weekly :(

7. You hang out with happy people

This one, i need to be careful with. Sometimes, the very good ones may lead to the very bad ones... What I'm saying is; just don't hang out too long. Sometimes, you just got to know when to stop doing nothing but gossiping, lepaking, etc.

8. You stay warm with hot cocoa

Clutching a steaming beverage—coffee and tea also do the trick—can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.

No doubt about this one. It's just too much caffeine is not healthy for me. Not healthy at all. BUT I love coffee to bits!

9. You have two best friends

Among 654 married adults, those who said they had at least two “best friends” (not necessarily including one’s spouse) were likelier to have better mental well-being, says a study. But additional friends didn’t lead to any more happiness than just a pair.

I have many... Bestest - yes, two. Exclusive of husband :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hosting a small party :)

Hi reader :) What do you have for 'minum petang' this hot & sunny Sunday? We are having vacuumed keropok lekor. Sedap! Especially when it's hot and crispy. Hehehe... I'm glad that today was productive. Despite the 'waking up late', we managed to do what were planned. Which were:

- to pick up all comforters at the laundry (RM78 for all 5 of them)
- have a quick hair trim and pampered self to a good shampoo complete with a head and shoulder massage. In my case, the stylist gave me a hand massage too! I'm glad I complaint about her using nails on my scalp because she actually did a really good job without!

- buy Mizan's mattress! Invested to another Dreamland product with a divan on clearance sale. I hope single is OK with Mizan as the super single comes with a much expensive divan :S I'm so excited about him coming over! Wonder how my days will be like with him around... Masa menganggur dulu, pernah bagi dia facial depan TV! Haha!

Our things-to-do was kept at minimal today. I for one, have had a tremendous weekend even before Sunday came today :) Yesterday, I hosted a mini jamuan raya for a few of my close friends / colleagues. After about 2 months living on my own, I think I've got the hang of 'having my own place' (even if it's not mine per se) I however, ter-went over and beyond on the spread. I decided to have lontong and nasi lemak when I sent out the invitation, and adding Soto last minute cause I thought my choice was a bit too santan-ish.

Look at that... Menarik, kan? Sambal sotong is under the tudung saji. Begedil was courtesy of Zukry's hard work. I'm proud of my Lontong although it was not as popular as I thought it would be! Huhuhu... And as you can see, my collection of tupperwares were put on display and they are indeed very helpful and put more colors on the table.

The soto and nasi lemak on another side of my small dining area.

Cleaning up was a major job! I had all put away, realizing I have so much stuffs! Too much if I may say. Much to a disappointing note, all were clothes that I couldn't fit in but still keeping them for 'motivation' to shrink self down. Yeah, right. It was all over the place, on the sofa, on the floor in my room, hanging on the doors of my closets. Everywhere! Same goes to my head scarves!!! Banyak
gile OK. Yes, you can see them hang nicely on my IKEA hangers, but I actually have more inside a pail that i put away in the back room :P

All in all - it was indeed a productive weekend. Hoping for more productive days ahead! Enjoy the remaining of your Sunday everyone! :) Toodles.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Post Raya

tomorrow is a holiday! it's the in lieu of sarawak tyt's birthday on saturday. by the way, this saturday i'm inviting some of my friends over to my house for makan-makan raya ;) i had my freak out moment yesterday, maybe to be continued later after work.

things to do include:
-kemas rumah (done)
-kemas rumah
-kemas rumah
-shop for ingredients for lontong and nasi lemak (yes, i'll be serving that. wish me all the luck in the world!)
-re-arrange furniture sket2. not much space left but yeah, still need to rearrange. if i could throw away current sofa and bring in a new one would be perfect but that's too much for now. hehehe.
-beli tilam coz mizan is visiting next week! yahoo! or should i frown? huhu... more to yahoo! coz i have teman when i go back home after work! yeayyyyy!

hopefully taklupa utk ambil2 gambar coz jarang jemput org dtg rumah. except for maybe kaklaila and the imans. shout out to them! hello sg petani! ;)

oklah, tu je.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

selamat hari raye

selamat hari raya aidilfitri. dah seminggu dah raya! it feels too fast and i already miss the first day of raya. the joy of wearing new clothes, the feeling of eating anytime i want after a month of fasting, the preparation like frying begedil, chit-chat with cousins, best!

now, i know i've been eating too much! need to fast again, asap. but today i'm going off to kuching plak :( alasan huh? takpe insyaallah this year hajatnya penuh 6 days of syawal to fast too.

anyways, this raya was filled with wedding bells! my cousins are getting married! yahoo, more family bondings ;) we may need to postpone our travelling plans but whatever it is, i wanna make sure that i'm involved with these weddings! satu menda paling important - baju2 baru utk matchy2 with other relatives definitely a must!

yang takberapa bestnya, these wedding bells have pushed us (teenyrkuz) to have babies! macam2 petua / cynical remarks keluar. maintain macho, tp adalah terasa sket2.bole ke jadi mak yg best sbnrnya? main beranak je, basic kenalah hebat jgk. one thing for sure, i'm looking forward to have a family... so don't worry - i pray that we'll get one soon. marilah doa sesama ;)

meanwhile, i'm in the mood to make my senadin's house more homely. in fact homelier than it is now. nak cari new bed for mizan or any other future guests coming to visit me here... one more dream item to have in my house - humungous mirror. sekian...