Be Happy Always, in Life and at Work.
Xandria Ooi talks about being happy in Life and at Work. She wrote about practices to overcome life’s challenges in her book, Be Happy Always – Simple practices for overcoming life’s challenges and living each day with joy.
She says, “It’s normal to feel sad or down, that’s human nature. We are human. We can cultivate the parts of ourselves that we want to grow – positivity, kindness, patience and the ability to let go of anything that doesn’t serve us”.
The book helps us understand ourselves, our expectations, our needs, fears and ego and why we can be unhappy. The practice of happiness is about understanding actions that create positive change.
“Think positive” and “look for the silver lining” are cliches. It is not that simple. Xandria drills deeper into the complex philosophies and helps us make sense of them.
The Happiness Guru shares with readers the inspiration and courage to get through the difficult times in our life. Amazon says that readers of Be Happy Always will:
- Find illuminating answers to questions on happiness and unhappiness
- Take an emotionally resilient and wise approach to life and access happiness within
- Understand how to cultivate positive relationships even with difficult people
- Find ways to live each day with joy, hope and gratitude despite challenges
30 Days Happiness Program.
The online program features her personal practices. It combats negativity. She shares her program to inspire her fans and followers to be happy in life, and at work.
It takes one through specific ACTIONS to practice every day. The program consists of videos, worksheets and visual reminders, to start your day. Happiness spreads to the people around you and creates positivity.
Happy Employees Make Happy Customers Make Happy Shareholders.
My first lesson working in American Express was “Happy Employees Make Happy Customers Make Happy Shareholders”. Be happy in life and you can give your best at work too. Employees who are happy in life and at work, are more engaged. Engaged supervisors ensure engaged employees. Employee engagement is an important agenda for companies today.
Gallup says engaged employees are more likely to improve customer relationships, with a resulting 20% increase in sales.
Simon Sinek wrote “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.” People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders—in that order.
Glamorous Start in Career.
She had a glamorous start, and the glitter has not ceased. She started writing for The Star newspaper 16 years ago. Her bi-weekly column Sights and Sounds is about life, work & happiness.
She won the Astro HITZTV UVJ competition and became one of its iconic television hosts. She expanded to become a Broadcast Journalist & Host at Media Prima hosting and producing the NTV7 morning show Life!Session. She spent 2 years on Capital FM 88.9.
Her own production company, Xtraordinary Productions created Xandria’s Weekend Discovery. ExxonMobils sponsored the food & travel show on NTV7. Discover Perak, a food and travel program was aired on The Asian Food Channel.
Today, she is in her 6th year, as the Happiness Guru, Happiness Speaker and Coach. She produces and hosts two-minute inspirational videos on how to live each day happy in life and at work. Her videos reaches millions worldwide. She travels regularly to give keynote speeches and conduct workshops for events and corporations.
What Made Her Successful?
Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point talked about the Law of the Few. With a good proposition, what he calls “Stickiness Factor”, and solid “Context”, a tipping point can be achieved with a few key people – Connectors, Maven and Salesman. The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaivor crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.
Xandria was our Emcee at our bank event for Priority Banking Relationship Managers. She warmly engaged and interviewed our top performers, and made each one feel special. In another event, she transformed herself into Zombie Xandria to join in the fun. This lady was warm, creative and personable. The Xandria brand is memorable, and her consistent message was be happy in life and at work.
Her passion made her a happiness guru, and what Gladwell terms as “maven”. The messages were shared on social media throughout the world. Her postings get some 700K likes, and her followers are active and engaged. I like the fact that she digs deep into a topic like happiness, and steers it away from tired old cliches of “think positive” to offer practical solutions.
Her wide career and speaking assignments gave her wide connections in Malaysia and overseas.
Her mother Susan is her manager and ardent “salesperson” for the Xandria brand. Booking agents like and promote Xandria. Word of mouth, a lot of speaking engagements and a strong internet presence fueled more assignments.
Gladwell in his other book, Outliers: The Story of Success, says success is not just about innate ability. It’s combined with a number of key factors such as opportunity, meaningful hard work (10,000 hours to gain mastery), and your cultural legacy. Random factors of chance, such as when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have.
Hard work is her cornerstone. She is always on the go, and constantly interacting with people. That’s the foundation of her business. This Guru has the 10,000 hours of mastery. This makes her a credible Outlier, destined for even more success.
Smart Business Lady.
This smart lady has great business instincts. She built recurring businesses through internet subscriptions to her Happiness Program. Her latest book is expected to sell well. There are more in the pipeline to monetize her brand, passion and program.
Xandria is exciting, extraordinary and exceptional. We are happy to see your success and wish you more success. Congrats, and continue spreading happiness. Be happy in life and at work. I am sincerely proud of what you have achieved, and looking forward to more.
“Stop saying these negative things about yourself. Look in the mirror and find something about yourself that’s positive and celebrate that.” Tyra Banks was a supermodel who created America’s Next Top Model in 2003. She now has a production company Bankable Productions, investment firm Fierce Capital, book named Modelland, her own cosmetic line, and a degree from Harvard Business School.
“Dream, Believe, Dare, Do.” Walt Disney