Today we finished the Happy documentary.
Here are some notes –
- Bhutan is focused on gross national happiness – they could flood their valley and make a profit from hydro-electricity, but that would mean moving people, so they will not do it.
- Denmark – free education through college; free health care for life; cohabitation – brings all generations together, familial duties are shared, experiences are shared.
- When we work in a community, the focus is on:
- What do I have to share?
- What is the religion/spiritual connection to universe, others, and self?
- Icharibode (sp) spirit = “we meet, and are brother and sister.” “Do no harm.”
- Monchu = “one family” communal coffin for ashes
- Cooperation releases dopamine
- We experience compassion from birth with reliance on another for nourishment
- With focused intention, we can change our brains
- Sweetness in taking up someone else’s burden
- “Life is given on loan, and I give it back with interest.”
- Gratitude, compassion, and cooperation are spiritual emotions and focus care about things bigger than self
- spend time each day practicing happiness – it is a skill
- The trick is to be authentically you
Write a brief statement about your answer to “Happiness is a skill” in the comments below.
Find two articles that support your premise. Print those off, annotate, and bring them for our conversation on Monday.