What does it take to be happy?

I have a Twitter account that I opened a few years ago. I was curious to see what it was and how it worked. Then I signed up to follow a few people and got followed by a few. But the truth is, I am not an active participant and have not really used it. I don’t have time to play with it.

Today I got the idea to write a twitter style response to the question: “What does it take to be happy?” as posted on the Tiny Buddha website.

My first draft is:

To be happy has nothing to do with being rich and having money. It has everything to do with your attitude and your state of mind. If you can

  • be positive, content, thankful and humble
  • do what you love and are passionate about
  • live authentically in sync with your belief system and values
  • live a balanced life in mind, body and spirit
  • have meaning and purpose in life
  • work toward your dreams and goals
  • find your true love and soulmate
  • make a difference and leave the world in a better place

you will be happy.

I thought I was pretty concise and to the point. But when I did a word count in MS Word, I have 422 characters. That’s way more than allowed in Twitter. A  tweet can only contain up to 140 characters. I had to cut 2/3 of the characters. 

Here is what I ended up with after making some hard choices:

positive content thankful humble, do what you love, live authentically, balanced in mind body spirit, find love soulmate meaning purpose, give and make difference.

That’s exactly 140 characters based on the word count.

But when I pasted it into the Twitter entry box, I was still over the word limit. The hashtag is included in the counting. In the Twitter world, the space is also counted. I had to trim my answer further down to be accepted by Twitter.

Here is the final result:

#lifeshardestQs positive content thankful passionate authentic balanced mind body spirit love soulmate meaning purpose give make difference

I like the longer version better.

No wonder I am not actively using Twitter. Blogging is much more fun for me than Twitter.

3 Responses to What does it take to be happy?

  1. glad to be one of many visitants on this amazing site : D.

  2. Joann Lato says:

    i tried adding your post to my digg account as i liked it,but seems someone has already submitted this to digg,hence i just voted it. i found it very interesting because of your perception on the subject.

  3. Vic says:

    Hi Qin, I’m glad to get a clue about your twitter. I just followed it. :) I love your post because it teaches me to become simplified. Well, for me to be happy, and to fit it in Twitter, is @viclogic “To be happy is to heartily say thank you”

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