Tag Archives: Happiness

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

16 Apr

Well, if she’s smart, and why shouldn’t she be? She’s in Latin America where she belongs. Why? Because that’s the most positive place on the planet! At least according to a recent Gallop poll in which an average of 7 in 10 adults worldwide report experiencing lots of enjoyment, laughing or smiling often, feeling well-rested, and being treated with respect…

If this is news to you, like it is to me,  then it might be time to move to those countries where folks feel the most positively happy about their lives…and that would include the country that is numero uno in happiness: Paraguay! As in Para-gay. As in Para-happy! Their positive experience index is a whopping 87! And they’ve topped the list 3 years in a row! Which begs the question…Where is Paraguay, anyway?

The United States is tied for 19th with a PEI of 78, which isn’t bad I suppose, but just about anyplace south of the border would be an improvement for us Northern Americans since Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Venezuela and El Salvador all scored higher. So go figure! Because whenever I read the paper or watch the news I’m told that they’re fairing so poorly down there that they can’t wait to sneak into here! but I guess…someone forgot to tell them!

Of course you could also take a quick trip up north to the only place up there, that would be Canada, and get happy too…but they’re only 1 point happier than us at 79. So why bother?

However, You definitely want to avoid the least happy place in the world which scored only at 36 in positive experiences per person. That would be Syria. Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Pakistan all scored in the 50s and Iran, and Israel came in at 63 and 66 respectively.

So all in all the world wide poll kinda shows us that the Holy Land is not a very Happy Land…while the New World is apparently worlds of fun! So it just goes to show you that if you’ve got something old, rather than fight over who gets to keep it, better to just trade it in for something new…and get happy!… No es así?

Follow Your Bliss

8 Dec

Follow Your Bliss

After 33 years of experience as a teacher, this is the best advice that I have to give to any student, or person, for that matter…          

Follow your bliss!

What makes you happy? What are you drawn to? What do you see yourself doing in your dreams? (And for you movie lovers out there) What completes you? (But it should not be another person. We’re talking about YOU remember?)

The late author and mythologist, Joseph Campbell, wrote, “Follow your bliss and doors will open for you” and I believe this is true.

We should direct our students and children to what their aptitudes are not for what WE want for them or for them to be, to complete US.

Happiness is the thing! Happiness is the key. All of us who are older and who have been around for a while all now want the same thing. We want to be happy. We want to pursue and be around those people and things and activities that make us smile and feel joy. We would trade everything we have and everything that we’ve accumulated for happiness.

So we should direct our children towards that which brings them joy; that which fills their heart with a love of life, whatever it may be. There can be no substitutes. When we make substitutes and sacrifices, when we say that this “isn’t what I want but it will do”, when we make decisions based on compromises we close that door little by little until it seems as though there is no turning back.

But I will say this to anyone at any age. It’s never too late to turn around and open that door and follow the path that is right for you. The door is always there and it’s always open, even if just a crack. It never locks.

How would you follow your bliss? Take a moment, put your feet up, sit back, relax and think about it.

 Do it now! Happiness awaits!

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