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Gross National Happiness
Here is a quote from wikipedia the economics of happiness. It is an emerging paradigm:
The economics of happiness or happiness economics is the quantitative and theoretical study of happiness, positive and negative affect, well-being, quality of life, life satisfaction and related concepts, typically combining economics with other fields such as psychology and sociology. It typically treats such happiness-related measures, rather than wealth, income or profit, as something to be maximized. The field has grown substantially since the late 20th century, for example by the development of methods, surveys and indices to measure happiness and related concepts.
WellBeing is Gross National Happiness
“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor”.
Wellbeing is a term we hear more and more these days. Wellbeing crosses physical, mental and spiritual areas. Wellbeing is the outcome of balance.
Diet (nutrition) and exercise are critical to wellbeing as a healthy body produces a healthy mind. Indeed a healthy mind produces a healthy body. Spiritual wellbeing is positive thoughts generated by a spiritual life that believes in a higher power, nexus of mind, body and spirit. A belief that gives you hope for the future.
You will naturally move into wellbeing when you are feeling happier with yourself. Happiness is that sense of all being right in the world for you. That affects the wellbeing of others.
Here is a perspective from wikipedia on wellbeing as follows:
“Well-being or welfare is a general term for the condition of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; high well-being means that, in some sense, the individual or group’s experience is positive, while low well-being is associated with the negative.
In economics, the term is used for one or more quantitative measures intended to assess the quality of life of a group, for example, in the capabilities approach and the economics of happiness. Like the related cognate terms ‘wealth‘ and ‘welfare’, economics sources may contrast the state with its opposite. The study of well-being is divided in Subjective well-being and Objective well-being. In alternative spirituality, the term is used to describe a state of serenity and inner happiness or hauora. While there are several departments of “Well-being” in academic institutes, the term generally has a more holistic and broad context.”
In society it is important that wellbeing and enshrined in policies at all levels. It is important to encourage wellbeing in our lives, in our homes, workplaces, organisations and government institutions. When people are balanced, we find more energy and this unlocks both creativity and productivity with ease. It is about working smarter not harder. In the workplace there is more discussion and action about work/life balance, in the community more are discovering holistic healing and others, the active types love to focus on physical wellbeing in the fitness industry. That is why we are a sport crazy nation. We love to exercise as it feels good and we feel empowered.
In respect of mental health, clowns go into hospitals to meet the patients. We believe in laughter as the best medicine. So we make jokes, play with people and bring some colour into their lives. Life in hospital can be boring, noisy and depressing. We realise the endorphins are the body’s natural highs and when people laugh they lift their immune system. I was told by a Catholic Priest in Rayong in Southern Thailand that when he helped women with HIV Aids he used humour, he found some went into remission. So laughter and happiness is one element to wellbeing but very important.
Wellbeing in our society is a priority.