“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle (384 BCE–322 BCE) Education and intelligence underpin happiness, but an interesting observation is that people attribute the same meaning to the words education and intelligence in daily conversation. Is education the same as intelligence? A general assumption is that an...Continue reading
Complex Dimensions of Happiness
“We frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing, without regarding it, or if we do see and regard it, yet without recognizing it.” ― Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) Observing the journey of life, with its undulating state of “happy” moments overshadowed by “unhappy” moments led Marjorie and me to conclude that there are complex dimensions...Continue reading
Position Paper ― Instituting a Ministry Of Happiness (MOH)1 and a Minister Of Happiness (MOH)2 as Core Leadership Initiatives.
PREAMBLE: This ‘Position Paper’ sets forth that ‘happiness’ can ensure the survival of humankind, but ‘unhappiness’ threatens human survival as a viable species. ‘Unhappiness’ manifests all forms of disruptive behaviors by the humankind, underpinned by nationalism, politics, religion, race, color, culture, social, and economic bifurcation. The paper states further that happiness can transform —positively,...Continue reading
Attitude, Gratitude, and Happiness
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.“ —John Milton (1608–1674) ATTITUDE: Happiness lives between the twin towers of attitude and gratitude. Attitude and gratitude are not merely human attributes; they transform lives. They are powerful beacons of...Continue reading
Is Money Synonymous With Happiness?
Is money synonymous with happiness? Can money buy happiness? Money may not buy happiness, but it is a crucial factor in the happiness equation. Unlike agrarian societies, money is the principal exchange in postmodern capitalist societies. Many individuals would say that they are happy when they have sufficient money to satisfy their immediate needs...Continue reading
What Does Happiness Mean To You?
“What is happiness?” To define happiness and live happy lives, we also need to understand “what is unhappiness?” Throughout our seminal work Discovering Your Optimum “Happiness Index” (OHI), we will compare and contrast these two contradictory imperatives. We define happiness as a state of contentment with one’s personal life, generally expressed as spiritual, moral,...Continue reading