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Bhutan and Incurable Optomism

May 27th, 2009

Bhutan and Incurable Optimism

When actor, advocate and optimist Michael J. Fox visited Bhutan, he almost tumbled down a hillside during a hike.  The possibility that this might happen didn’t stop him from visiting.  His positive outlook on life is what led him to Bhutan in the first place.  Bhutan’s focus on contentment is so important that happiness is written into the country’s constitution.  Not just a phrase (like “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the constitution of the United States), Bhutan’s constitutional passage describes the four pillars of Gross National Happiness:  equitable and sustainable economic growth; environmental conservation; cultural preservation; and good government.  But at the root of all of these is the commitment to contentment that the Bhutanese have to be content with what they have.  Further, strong relationships, in families, neighborhoods and communities, and around the country are important to contentment.  Happiness inspired the mini-documentary on the CD-ROM postage stamp “Voting for Happiness.”  For more information, please visit <> .

“The black of the night was surely followed by brightness of a new day. We are happy to be alive, eager to see the first ray of sun, rising in a hurry above the ocean, warming our faces illuminating our souls.”  From the poem “Hope” by Faye Hosein posted on Lasting Happiness

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