Thursday, January 8, 2009

Gross National Happiness

The Happiness factor seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. Author, Arthur Brooks, recently published "Gross National Happiness, Why Happiness Matters for America and How We Can Get More of It". Although the book makes the comparison between Democrats and Republicans happy quotient, Brooks makes some important points for us. One item that struck me, while money does not contribute to happiness, people who "give" are more happy by a substantial percentage. I would take the liberty to interpret giving as more than monetary. We have so many opportunities during our day to "give" whether it is a kind smile, taking the time to listen, words of encouragement, compliments. How many more "GIVES"can you think of that do not cost us money! I think it is worth thinking about!