Posts Tagged ‘world’
Mel, a good friend of mine, recently posted the following on Facebook. It struck a chord with me, so much so that I obtained permission from Mel to share it with you, as I’d like to pose the same question also.
“Funny how the end of a year makes you all reflective and philosophical (though truth be told I’m both most of the time). Here’s what 2012 has taught me. The only thing that has any true value in life, the only thing that matters at all, or ever makes a difference of any lasting kind, is love. There’s a reason I don’t spew frustration, irritation or even hate on here or in life generally (at least, not often!). I choose not to add harshness to the world if I can avoid it. I choose to offer up peace, compassion, kindness, tolerance, love – or if I’m struggling, to just breathe and be silent until my heart is open again. I wonder what world we would live in if everyone simply chose love.”
This makes perfect sense, to me at least. My take on Mel’s musings is if we want to add value to our life and our community, conversations based on love is the true way of achieving this in a meaningful and sustaining way. The Law of Attraction informs us that what we focus our thoughts and feelings on and what we put out to the world is what we get more of.
It seems quite empowering that I can positively impact both my life and the people and community around me simply by communicating love through my thoughts, words, and actions.
I’d welcome your thoughts and feedback?
Quote text: “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress therefore depends on unreasonable people.” – George Bernard Shaw
Quote text: “The magic of evolution happens through a series of small changes. We too can make an impression on the world through consistency of effort!” – Marcus Johnson
“We all have been inspired in our life, whether it is through our own experiences or through those of others. Part of mindfulness practice is the capacity to remember that being inspired is part of our deepest humanity to feel life. And we all know what to do when we are inspired — we give it away. It is not ours to keep; there is no benefit to holding onto it. So, be an inspiration — pass it forward, share with your world how precious our world is. She can only return it back to you a thousand fold.”
Larry Yang, The Huffington Post, 14th April 2012
The United Nations recently released the World Happiness Report, edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs.
The report states that for impoverished societies higher household income is associated with improved life conditions and well-being that increases life satisfaction for its members. For individuals in the high-income world, however, affluence beyond that required to survive results in minimal additional increases in happiness. In fact, the surplus income can reduce happiness due to afflictions such as obesity and addictions such as gambling and can lead to diminished social trust and community bonds.
The report looks at two measures of happiness: “affective happiness”, based on daily emotions, and “evaluative happiness”, based on overall life evaluation. It finds there are both external and personal factors that contribute to happiness – including for example income, values, community (external) and health, age, family experience (personal).
The report concludes with implications for development policy goals – economic stability, community cohesion, ethical standards, world climate, employment, work quality, mental and physical health, family life, and education.
You can find the World Happiness Report here – http://issuu.com/earthinstitute/docs/world-happiness-report