Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gross National Happiness

Someone alerted me this morning to the video at the bottom of the post. It's about 17 minutes long but well worth the time. It's about how we as a culture and a country are more focused on gross domestic product (GDP) and the idea of success as having money and objects, than we are on gross national happiness (GNH), Basically the idea of having what we want instead of wanting what we have.

This is something that interests me immensely. Here I am with a blog about wanting stuff (GDP) with a name about happiness (GNH). Clearly these are at odds. Aren't they? Does being interested in sewing and style and decor make me shallow? They make me happy and they provide a service. Granted it's usually just to me and my family. But there is something fulfilling about being surrounded by a little bit of beauty.

I heard a different speech once that said humans need both bread AND roses to survive. This blog focuses on the roses, so to speak, but I will endeavor to do so in a way that is less greedy and materialistic.

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