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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Work Toward Gross National Happiness

Many have found the current economic woes to be a blessing in disguise, turning us away from rampant consumerism and a rat-race mentality toward simplicity, self-development, and work that satisfies.

More and more people, through choice and necessity, are living in smaller spaces, driving smaller cars, preparing for caring careers, and just generally conforming their lives to a more human scale. A 2007 study in the UK showed that "more that than one in two Britons wanted a second, more compassionate career for the last two decades of their working life," aiming to "put satisfaction before success."

This sentiment was voiced back in 1972 when the former King of Bhutan said, "I care less about the gross national product and more about the gross national happiness."

What a noble sentiment! And how unfortunate that it took a crisis to move us in that direction.

But, perhaps, a new day is dawning. A day when compassion trumps greed, when kindness overcomes anger, and when wisdom prevails over ignorance.

Wouldn't it be nice?

So as you evaluate your life and where it's going, consider the cause of "GNH"-- Gross National Happiness.

Promote it, and you (and everyone around you) will be happier.

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