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How to live a happy long life? Koon Yew Yin

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Publish date: Mon, 09 Jan 2023, 05:45 PM
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An official blog in i3investor to publish sharing by Mr. Koon Yew Yin.

All materials published here are prepared by Mr. Koon Yew Yin

Many people have written about their ways to live a happy long life. You may like to know my way. I am 90 years old and I am writing this based on my own practical experience. I have inherited a blood disease called hypercholesterolemia from my mother who die at 40 years old when I was only 10 years old. All my siblings who inherited the same blood disease died before the age of 50 years.

In 1983 when I was 50 years old, I had a heart attack. At that time, only Mayor Clinic in USA and Harley Street Clinic, London could perform heart bypass surgery. I had my heart bypass surgery done in London. Currently a few hospital in Ipoh can perform heart bypass surgery.  

How to prolong my life?

After my heart bypass surgery, my surgeon told me that my heart would be blocked again soon and he could not cut open my heart again and I would die. I was shocked when I heard that I would die soon!!!

He told me how to prolong my life. First, I must take care of my diet and do mental and physical exercise as often as I could.

When I wake up in the morning, I drink 1 glasses of water and eat about half a pineapple. I do not eat anything until lunch time. I avoid sugar and fatty food. I walk or move about as often as I can. To keep my body weight down, I do not over eat. To avoid dementia I write articles and move about frequently. I have been practicing the formula for many years and I do not have any sickness in the last 40 years.  

How to have a happy life?

About 25 years ago, when I was on the Board of Perak Community Hospital, a non-profit hospital, I invited an Australian palliative care expert to teach us how to take care of cancer patients. After her long speech, I asked her what did most cancer patients say during the last few days of their lives. They usually said that they have 3 regrets. 1. They wished they had lived a life to please themselves instead of pleasing others. 2. They were afraid to speak out when they saw something seriously wrong. 3. During their long lifetime, they have learned numerous useful lessons but they did not bother to share their accumulated knowledge to benefit so many people.  

1. Our ultimate aim in life is happiness.

But without money, you cannot be happy. So, when you are young you must try to earn and save as much money as practically possible. Don’t be too stingy. Spend your money wisely.

After retirement, you must use the money you have saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don't just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. They may want to buy an expensive sports car.


2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren.

Don't feel bad for spending your money on yourself. You've taken care of them for many years and you've taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter, and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort.

Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well, and get your sleep. It's easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor and get tested even when you're feeling well. Stay informed.  

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other.

The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day, one of you will miss the other, when money will not provide any comfort. So, enjoy it together.  

5. Don't stress over the little things.

You've already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don't let the past drag you down and don't let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive.

Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor, and remember: "A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection."  

7. Be proud, both inside and out.

Don't stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.  

8. Don't lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your sense of style.

There's nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You've developed your own sense of what looks good on you - keep it and be proud of it. It's part of who you are.  

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date.

Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to sign up to a couple of social networks. You'll be surprised which old friends you may meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know, is important at any age.  

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions.

They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them of yesterday's wisdom that still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: "In my time".

Your time is now. As long as you're alive, you are a part of this time. Have fun and enjoy life. 

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly.

Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it'll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.   

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren.

Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you've lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.   

14. Don't abandon your hobbies.

If you don't have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer at an NGO or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.  

15. Even if you don't feel like it, try to accept invitations.

Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven't seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don't get upset when you're not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

16. Be a conversationalist.

Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That's a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don't go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.  

17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older.

Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we're all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life has added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.  

18. If you've been offended by someone, forgive them.

If you've offended someone, apologize. Don't drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn't matter who was right. Someone once said: "Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die." Don't take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.  

19. If you have a strong belief, savour it.

The key is not to waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.  

20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT.

Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You've managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what's not to laugh about? Find the humour in your situation.

21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking.

They'll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you've achieved. Let them talk and don't worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you've lived so far. There's still much to be written, so get busy writing and don't waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

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BUT life come from God who is our Creator.

Even the eyesight or the ability to hear are bestowed by the Maker.
(Exodus 4:11 New International Version -
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?)

Similarly, the sustenance/Parnassah does not come from our college degrees/universities but from the LORD. How many professors can not settle their minimum monthly credit cards repayment? On the hand, many school drop-outs succeeded in their businesses.

In term of keeping healthy to prolong the lives, how many strong/young muscular fighters have been cut short their lives?

To live long, even the decree in Heaven has been sealed with the mud (instead of blood), that the person should died the next day, a huge kindness from him/her to others/charity, even the night before, usually can cancel that decree.

Surely, the older the person the sooner he/she will died because no one can live for hundreds of years. No matter how much you want to offer to negotiate in order to turn back our age to become younger, the law of nature will not allow that to happen. Otherwise, many people will be willing pay RM1Mil to become younger by 1 year.

2 months ago


The Bible says you must help yourself before God help you

2 months ago


In other words one must keep a healthly life style

2 months ago

Integrity. Intelligent. Industrious. 3iii (iiinvestsmart)$€£¥

Excellent advice from Mr. Koon who is blessed with longevity and good health. Thanks for sharing. Health is physical, mental and social well-being. To have health is to have everything.

2 months ago


We have to acknowledge that there many rich peoples who are generous and charitable. Many and myself will agree that Mr Koon is a one of them and he has helped many poor and needy peoples and those students that need funds to study. It is mitzvah. There will be great rewards both here and the world after. The excessive good points will knock off all the bad points when the person face his/her Maker eventually for the His judgement.

However, we can not rob the rich to help the poor. Giving away the plunders/illegal gains will not reduce the level of wrongdoings. For example, when the robbers being stopped by the policemen and they wanted to surrender the money from the bank to the authority, this act will not cancel their prosecution from the court. In fact, the charges from the police department has not even started. The charges only starts afer the interrogations/remands at the lock-ups. SO, donating/offering using robbed money is not going to reduce the guilt but only relaxing the conscious of the robbers.

Even withholding/delayed in paying workers' salaries is a sin.

New International Version -
13 “‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.

Exercise and good diet will definitely help our health but getting involved in dangerous sports/outdoor activities will endanger our lives. Yes, the lifestyle also, like being addicted to drugs, touch screen or laziness are not good,

2 months ago


your life is long... but based on the times your followers 'jump' off the cliff with you on your recommended counters, not sure how happy you can be.

2 months ago


The country need stem graduates

2 months ago


Founder of nation gate is just a technician

2 months ago



2 months ago


seek Buddhism (seriously)!

2 months ago


Eat pineapple if we want a long n healthy life. I certainly agreed !

2 months ago


Thank you for sharing. I have learned

2 months ago


Yes, need to learn to let thing off, don't get so serious on small arguments...

I am happy now!!

2 months ago


Tmr onward the best day for everyone.

2 months ago


Hi. I'm one of the recipients of the KYY scholarship. I'm very very very pleased to have your financial help during my hard times. I write this because I want to tell you, you are a kind person, and kind people will always be rewarded. Hope Mr. Koon and Ms. Koon best in health and enjoy your life. Again, a thousand million of appreciation to Mr. Koon for helping me.

1 month ago


get scholarship migrate to Canada.................got pay back money or not?

1 month ago


Salute of your sharing, the wisdom of KYY life.

1 month ago


every day let kyy tipu. sure long life.

1 month ago

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