【演讲稿】The Ice Breaker: A Happy Thinker, Thinking About Happiness

Opening

When you were in childhood, did you remember being asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

In a past Table Topic Session I was requested to answer a similar question: “If you could make your life a story, what would you name it?” I didn’t hesitate for long and replied, “A Thinker’s Life”, because I am always curious about how our mind & emotions & consciousness could happen in this world, and how do they relate to our happiness & well-being.

Today I will talk about this a little further.

Self Introduction

Let me begin by introducing myself. It’s my favorite part, (wait for about 1 second) —— because it satisfies my ego. And it also helps you know me better. 🙂

My English name is Darwin. Yes you are right, It is named after the famous British naturalist Charles Darwin, who founded the “Theory of Evolution”. I chose this name by chance, but I guess we have something in common, such as curiosity, creativity & theoretical thinking, etc. 🙂

I was born in a small town in Hebei province, and I lived my childhood years there, including my primary school, middle school and high school. I was not a diligent student with regard to school learning. Instead, I was more interested in various after-school activities, such as cartoon programs, comics books, novels as well as piano music. To recall in details:

  • “Doraemon (or “机器猫” in Chinese)” made me fascinated about technology inventions
  • “The Adverture of Tin Tin” let me know people from different countries as well as their cultures & traditions.
  • “Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories” gave me a hard-headed mind to decrypt complex problems or things, such as bugs in software or the working logic behind human mind.
  • “Sophie’s World” made me wonder where does “self-conception” come from.
  • “Richard Clayderman’s Piano Music” helped me learn that music has magical power to activate people’s emotions…

Partly because of these childhood experience, later in my life I became specialized in Google Web Search, Blog Writing, Software Testing, Note-taking & Mindmapping Softwares as well as Artificial Intelligence Applications. I’m always excited to play with these kind of things, and believe they can help us live a better life.

Findings About Happiness

After introducing myself, let me talk about my findings about happiness.

So what indeed is Happiness? If you ask this question directly to others, they may quickly feel boring, because it’s too abstract. To avoid this, I have changed it into another question:

“How to help everyone in my community, including myself, to enter a peaceful, calmful & timeless mind state, both in work and in daily life?”

To pursue the answer, I’ve read various books and research results, including “Flow Experience”, “Social Rejection”, “Self-judging Tendency when Absent-minded”, “Habit Changing Flowchart”… etc. The findings I can highlight now, is “Mindfulness Meditation”. It is validated by scientific research. You will get better understanding in a book named “The Craving Mind” which I’m translating recently.

About Thanks-giving

Before closing my speech,Let me talk about Thanks-giving & TMair Fellows.

TMair Club is a wonderful “family”, I must say “thank you” to all TMair fellows. You have volunteered precious spare time for club activities. I can see & feel you are responsible, patient and passionate in every meeting session.

But, is this all I can say? Is “Good-Fellow Card” the best I can offer? Of course not. I believe I can do a better job, I will try to share all I know about happiness to TMair fellows, in my upcoming CC sessions, talor my speeches to suit every Meetings General Topic. I think that can be a decent Gift to show my appreciation. 😀

There is a lot more I want to share, but due to time limits I have to finish here, to share one key idea about Mindfulness:

“Focus on Here, Now, This Moment, Be aware of the mind & emotions & intentions of yourself and people around you, in a non-judgmental manner…”

And then you won’t be far away from the entrance to Happiness.

If you want to verify, practice this in your daily life, and learn more about minfulness.

And btw, you are welcome to re-visit TMair and listen to my future speeches. 😀

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