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Recipe for happiness

Discussion in 'Health & Healing' started by Geoff-Allen, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Greetings fellow earthlings!

    I hope your time today is an enjoyable one.

    Here's an article about Bhutan and their policy of Gross National Happiness -

    Sandwiched between India, China and Tibet, the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan is home to some truly big ideas. Here, happiness is designated by law, and in the 1970s an official policy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ was embraced.

    Today, nearly 50 years on, Bhutan’s ‘happiness guru’, Saamdu Chetri, who is tasked with ensuring every single person in Bhutan is happy, says this vision of ensuring national happiness has been taken up by many other countries around the world, and they have centres in Thailand, France, Switzerland and Germany. They are also gearing up for centres in South Africa, the UK, USA, Spain and Vietnam. And, in 2011, an incredible 193 countries at the UN decided we need to have Gross National Happiness, wellbeing and happiness as standalone goals in all development parameters.

    So what is this happiness that the Bhutanese are so skilled at creating and what can we learn from it? Saamdu Chetri shares the wisdom of the system they have developed and use in Bhutan.

    Read the rest here -

    Bhutan's Remarkable Recipe for Happiness

    Wishing you all the very best!

    :)
     
  2. WalterTrull

    WalterTrull Godfella

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    Happiness is a decision.
     
  3. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    I remember reading that the level of crime (and types) started to increase in Bhutan directly as a result of the country introducing televisions.


    "In June 1999, television was introduced in the country and Bhutan became the last nation in the world to have television.[7] The introduction of television is often regarded as incompatible with Bhutanese culture and a cause behind the increase in crime. An editorial in Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan, suggested:

    We are seeing for the first time broken families, school dropouts and other negative youth crimes. We are beginning to see crime associated with drug users all over the world - shoplifting, burglary and violence." "

    Crime in Bhutan - Wikipedia
     
  4. stvdv

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    But we don't tell it to a child suffering from blood cancer or ...
     
  5. WalterTrull

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    True. yet it's still a decision. With children the decision rests with the adults for a while. There are folks who have learned to be happy with pain. Since it's mental, it's a decision.
     
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    Friend of mine got into a car accident and broke 11 bones. In the ambulance my Master came into a vision to him and told him
    "no operation ... you are not the body, pain is just mental. You do yoga, I will heal the bones. My friend did what my Master told him and healed"

    So, I fully agree with you, pain is just mental, but I doubt that you could be happy in such a scenario ... I could not with such pain, this I know.
     
  7. WalterTrull

    WalterTrull Godfella

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    I am told that flagellants are happy. Not up to it myself either,
     
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    I always wondered "I don't get masochists", but now you mention this, maybe masochists we have now, were the flagellants back then:cool:
     
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