Gross National Happiness … Hmmmph, Now That’s A Concept!

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A great change of pace from the usual of late gloom and doom.

Original content by Tom Ferry

If you're anything like me or my coaching clients, the headlines we are reading every day are getting old.

We're done with the same media pundits telling us the same negative news, day in and day out.  

Now here's one article that came across my desk today that debunked the whole "negative media" concept ... ready for this???

Bhutan- A Nation Committed to Their Gross National Happiness!

Ok, now that's an article I want to learn more about!!!!!!

Notice they said, Gross National Happiness ... not Gross National Product. Interesting, right?

I found this intriguing ... so I had to check out this whole "Gross National Happiness" idea was and what it all meant.

I was interested to read about a nation that places value in their systems that promote happiness and well-being.

Here's what they measure (from Wikipedia):

  1. Economic Wellness: Indicated via economic metrics such as consumer debt, average income to consumer price index ratio and income distribution
  2. Environmental Wellness: Indicated via environmental metrics such as pollution, noise and traffic
  3. Physical Wellness: Indicated via measurement of physical health metrics such as severe illnesses
  4. Mental Wellness: Indicated via measurement of mental health metrics such as usage of antidepressants and rise or decline of psychotherapy patients
  5. Workplace Wellness: Indicated via measurement of as jobless claims, job change, workplace complaints and lawsuits
  6. Social Wellness: Indicated via measurement of discrimination, safety, divorce rates, complaints of domestic conflicts and family lawsuits, public lawsuits, crime rates
  7. Political Wellness: Indicated via measurement of the quality of local democracy, individual freedom, and foreign conflicts.

Great concept right?

Have you ever taken a moment to evaluate your "Personal Happiness and Wellness"?

Have you taken a moment to do a self-examine on how you are feeling amidst all of this turbulence and change? It's not a comfortable time for a lot of people ... this we know.

So if you find yourself "low" like a lot of people are, in terms of happiness ... here's a list of some ideas to try this weekend. Ready ...

  •  Don't turn on the news this weekend ... hold a media moratorium for a couple days, see if you feel any better
  • Call a friend you always love laughing with and really laugh
  • If you have a child or a spouse or someone you care about, do something small to surprise them
  • Really enjoy that cup or coffee or tea tomorrow morning
  • Create a dream board or screen saver with pictures of the goals you are working towards
  • Send a thank you letter to someone in the military
  • Drop off some canned goods at a local food bank
  • Open up a bottle of wine "you've been saving for a special moment" just because
  • Check out your local farmers market this weekend and buy something you have never tried before
  • Listen to a motivational cd or watch something great on YouTube
  • Order a double-scoop of your favorite flavor
  • Go see a double-feauture ... with popcorn
  • Read a blog from your favorite blogger

So in honor of Bhutan and the great concept they have going on, what things will you do this weekend and next week that will bring some more fun and joy into your life?

Tell me ... I can't wait to read some GOOD NEWS!

Passion Rules!



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