Posts Tagged 'happiness'

Meaning of life revealed: It’s about others

Posted on March 9 2012 by frank

Ok, let’s have a take on this age-old mystery. The answer is in fact quite simple. The meaning of life is to make oneself meaningful to other people. It’s about making a positive contribution in the lives of those people one holds dear. Why? I’ll tell you why. To start with, we need to focus […]

Want happiness? Make those around you happy! 5 reasons why this is the best strategy.

Posted on January 25 2012 by frank

Take whatever book or article that reports the results of recent scientific research on happiness. One conclusion they have in common is that social relationships are what make people happy or unhappy. Here’s Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard, for example: “If I had to summarize all the scientific literature on the causes of […]

What is the most fundamental question in life? Hint: It is not about meaning of life or about what exists fundamentally

Posted on November 30 2011 by frank

Have you ever wondered what is the most fundamental question for you or for any human being? There are a few candidates but in the end only one stands a closer scrutiny. The nominees that come most readily in mind are the classic questions about the origin of the world, about what exists fundamentally and […]

Why are you sweating your ass off in work when you could be fishing right now?

Posted on October 13 2011 by frank

Have you heard the famous story about a Harvard business graduate and a poor fisherman? If not, start by reading it. Because already twice this trip I have felt that I’ve met a living example from that story. Yesterday, finding myself in the home of a twenty-something fisherman on the small coral island of Caye […]

The mystery of the Costa Rican happiness

Posted on August 29 2011 by frank

Dios te ama – God loves you! With these words I was greeted into Costa Rica after my long flight. The mystery about Costa Rica that I travelled across the Atlantic to solve is about happiness. According to different polls, namely, Costa Ricans are a happy bunch of people. In Gallup’s much quoted Global Well-being […]

Leaving home and learning to appreciate what we have

Posted on August 26 2011 by frank

The hardest part of a journey is usually the start. This is true in two senses of the word: Firstly, there are always so many excuses not to travel – the lack of money, risks ahead, study, work or family commitments and so forth – that many people never leave their home. These are obstacles […]

The beginning of a journey

Posted on August 19 2011 by frank

Sometimes a man has to go. Sometimes a man needs a purpose to go. I am going to Central America, to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The purpose of my journey is to learn more about the local culture, the way they live their lives and the way they think about vital issues such as happiness, […]