Well-being is within reach

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2008, 12:00am

Some people believe true well-being can only be achieved by those who are rich, powerful and popular.

I disagree. Well-being comes from being with people you love and who love you, from having friends who support and encourage you, and doing things you like at work and play.

If you've never experienced well-being, you don't know how wonderful life is. Devote some time to helping those in need and you'll appreciate what you have.

Even simple things, such as giving old clothes away to charity, saying 'I love you' to your parents and siblings, and smiling at strangers can give you a sense of well-being.

Stop complaining about your life, and appreciate the good things. You'll realise well-being is at your fingertips.

Amy Wong, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Amy. There is a famous saying: 'Money can't buy happiness'. This is a very important attitude to have. Just because you are rich or powerful doesn't mean you will automatically be happy.

People who don't have a lot of money can be happy if they are surrounded by people they love and do something they enjoy.

With our busy lives, it is easy to forget life is a gift and we should enjoy it. Instead of moaning about how busy we are or how we can't afford the newest phone, we should appreciate our packed lives and the belongings we're lucky enough to own.

If we focus on what's really important - health, family and friends - we can stop worrying about what we don't have, and just enjoy life.

Karly, Sub-editor