Bhutan – the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” (or Druk Yul in Bhutanese) – is a small landlocked country in Eastern Asia, on the edge of the Himalayas. The kingdom’s government, presiding over about 770,000 people, has but one aim – ensuring that its citizens are happy and well. To do so, it has created […]

“Our generosity is hard-wired to the reward mechanisms in our brains. When we give our time, energy and kindness to others, it not only helps them, it’s also great for our wellbeing too,” according to Action for Happiness, a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Take Kazi Mannan, for example. […]

March 20th is International Day of Happiness. Join the movement to celebrate this day. According to the official website, the theme this year is: Share Happiness If you join, you’ll receive: happiness ideas to share, action ideas for children, the World Happiness Report, life-changing local action ideas, and the Happiness Guidebook. Take action to support the International Day of Happiness.

What Comes Easier to Write About – Happiness or Misery? By Carol Vorvain, reproduced with permission from Writers Boon “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That’s what Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers of all time, tells us at the beginning of “Anna Karenina.” But is it […]

Do you live in an urban setting? If so, consider planting a rooftop garden. Besides the decorative benefit, roof plantings can provide fresh food, contact with nature and beauty, habitats or corridors for wildlife, noise absorption, recreational opportunities, cooling mechanisms, hydrological advantages and less pollution. What’s more, large-scale adoption could even have ecological benefits. Nine good reasons to […]

March 20 is International Happiness Day. Definitely a day to celebrate!  Join the movement for a happier world by clicking here.  And commemorate it with the UN, UNICEF and Smurfs:

In his book, Before Happiness, Shawn Achor, writes about “actionable strategies to create a positive path to success”. Here are some tidbits: – “You can summon all your cognitive, intellectual, and emotional resources to create positive change, because you believe that true change is possible.” – “The better your brain is at using its energy to […]

Does work make people happy, or does being happy bring us work? Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Shawn Achor is an educator and author who advocates positive psychology. He is the CEO of GoodThink Inc., whose aim is to “make you happier”! GoodThink “researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand […]

We all have heard that laughter is the best medicine, but studies are increasingly bearing out that conclusion. “Dr. Lee Berk, an associate professor at Loma Linda University in California, has spent nearly three decades studying the ways the aftershocks of a good laugh ripple through your brain and body,” says a 19 November article on […]

The Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and […]