Tips for a mean­ing­ful life

New Straits Times - - LETTERS - EMER­I­TUS PRO­FES­SOR GARY GOH Aus­tralia


MONEY is the most en­vied, but least en­joyed. Health is the most en­joyed, but least en­vied. If tak­ing vi­ta­mins doesn’t keep you healthy enough, try laugh­ter.

A man who is too busy to take care of his health is like a me­chanic who is too busy to take care of his tools.


Hap­pi­ness is the high­est form of health. If there is a way to over­come suf­fer­ing, then there is no need to worry. If there is no way to over­come suf­fer­ing, then there is no use wor­ry­ing.

Do­nate your time and tal­ent. Peo­ple who vol­un­teer re­port greater hap­pi­ness, bet­ter health and a deep sense of con­nect­ed­ness to com­mu­nity and the world.


Pick up the good points and strengths of oth­ers. Do not pick up the bad points and weak­nesses of oth­ers.


Com­par­ing your­self with oth­ers can be a source of worry. Re­alise that equal­ity, in­fe­ri­or­ity and su­pe­ri­or­ity are all chang­ing. We are all equal, in­fe­rior and su­pe­rior to each other at dif­fer­ent times. So why worry when there are no wor­ries.


Give your com­pas­sion­ate love to hu­man­ity or to the world. Never im­pose on oth­ers what you would not choose for your­self. Com­pas­sion means see­ing another per­son as 100 per cent equal to your­self in value, not in dif­fer­en­tials on the sur­face that ul­ti­mately do not mat­ter. In fact, it is see­ing your­self in ev­ery per­son.

There­fore, you can­not harm any­one with­out harm­ing your­self. It doesn’t mean los­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ity or self-worth. On the con­trary, the other per­son earns the same gift. Don’t do unto oth­ers what you don’t want oth­ers to do unto you.


Our con­science is our sense of what is right and wrong. It is our moral com­pass. It can help us dis­cern be­tween right and wrong and di­rects us to do the right things. Use your con­science wisely, for...

THOSE who see with lov­ing eyes, life is beau­ti­ful;

THOSE who speak with ten­der voices, life is peace­ful;

THOSE who of­fer kind­ness, life is rich; THOSE who help with gen­tle hands, life is full; and, THOSE who care with com­pas­sion­ate hearts, life is good be­yond all mea­sure.


Only char­ac­ter can make a per­son great and wor­thy of honour. Your wealth can dec­o­rate your house, but only your virtue can dec­o­rate you.

Your dress can dec­o­rate your body, but only your con­duct can dec­o­rate you.

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