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HAPPINESS IS A LOCAL AFFAIR

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by Delia Horwitz





Imagine a country where the measure of success is not in the number of things bought and sold, but the quality of one’s soul.  That is, in fact, what is happening in the country of Bhutan, where King
Jigme Wangchuk has declared they will now measure their country’s standard of living by GHP: Gross Happiness Product rather than GDP: Gross Domestic Product, often used by most other countries.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 September 2012 23:35 ) Read more...
 

Top five regrets of the dying

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A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?

The top five regrets of the dying
A palliative nurse has recorded the top five regrets of the dying. Photograph: Montgomery Martin/Alamy

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2012 08:46 ) Read more...
 

Laughing

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by Todd Walton

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(This article appeared in the Anderson Valley Advertiser May 2012)

“Humor is just another defense against the universe.” Mel Brooks

Once upon a time, so many years ago it might have been another lifetime, I got two kittens, a boy and girl, and after much thought and research named them Boy and Girl. Boy was an orange tabby, Girl was a gray tabby, and in the hallowed tradition of kittens, they played and slept and mewed and ate and clawed things and were wonderfully cute.

When they were about four months old, Boy and Girl played a particular game that made me laugh until I cried. No matter how many times I watched them play this game, I laughed until I cried. Sometimes other people would watch with me as the kittens played this particular game, and some of these people laughed, too, and a few of them even laughed until they cried; but there were other people who watched the game and did not laugh at all, which was amazing to me, and troubling. Here is the game the kittens played.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2012 08:32 ) Read more...
 
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