One year ago, Tamus Alam, a small farmer, donated a parcel of land for us to set up an educational center called SEEKHO in Bishanpur Village, Bihar. Upon donating the land, he said, 'what counts is what we do, not what we have.'
I first heard of Ladakh in the early 1990s when anthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, on a book tour, spoke of her decade's worth of experiences in this remote region north of the Indian Himalayan range.
Happiness Day doesn't mean we've arrived at happiness, but it does mean that we've recognized that happiness is our goal -- and that our societies need to work harder to promote the things that really matter in the 21st century.
Compassionate service is a simple and always accessible path to happiness. It doesn't require years of mediation, practice, or great study. It requires that you open your heart and feel our common humanness, our inextricable interconnectedness, and see the sacredness of each of us.
Given the current economic difficulties many people are facing, perhaps this is the perfect time to reassess what gives you happiness and how you express it -- to reconnect with the inner joy that made you either skip or run when you were younger -- for it is easy to forget to be happy
We measure gross domestic product because we believe that the higher our GDP is, the better life will be in our country, and the happier we will be as citizens. The problem is GDP is not a good measurement of well-being.
Aside from tiny Bhutan and their pursuit of Gross National Happiness, every country bases economic policy on the pursuit of endless GDP growth. But nothing can grow forever, and thus national goals alike have a sizable blind spot.
Late at night, alone in the dark, we'll concede that happiness is the thing we want most. But happiness and a centered life elude us. Happiness is always the target, the reason we do what we do. But we seem to be shooting in the dark.
Isn't now a good and appropriate time to advocate a different type of framework for living, a new prosperity, one that is simply more evolved in its vision and can lead to a greater sense of subjective well-being?