Ministers of Happiness

Bhutan has a radical idea: Do stuff that makes you happy.

Thanks to Tony Robbins (via twitter) and Richard Branson (via LinkedIn), I’ve learned that Bhutan is apparently appointing a Minister of Happiness in order to fulfill it’s longtime national happiness goals. To the Bhutanese government, GNH (Gross National Happiness) is a better measurement of success than GDP.

Obviously, we agree: Success is happiness. But how do individual people, not nation-states govern and assess happiness? Who are our Ministers of Happiness?

  1. You are
  2. Your allies are

The first one is obvious — you check in with your happiness levels, learn to know your desires and constantly stop to evaluate. But it’s hard to see yourself accurately. Which is why the people around you are so important for feedback.

If you are surrounded with “allies” that aren’t attentive to your desires and emotions, they will be of little good in helping you stay on course. On the other hand, if your close allies are capable of diagnosing when you’ve traveled down a losing road — a road that, unbeknownst to you, isn’t increasing your overall happiness — then you truly have a cabinet of Happiness Ministers on your side.

Like a board of advisors, communicate your intentions to your closest allies. Keep them updated. Ask for their feedback. Let them know a dissenting opinion is welcomed — it’s OK to call and say “what you’re doing these days…it doesn’t seem like it’s making you happy.” 

Do that, and you will truly have Ministers of Happiness helping to make your life a success.

 Ministers of Happiness

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