The series of photos of the nuns in the monastery provide insight that words alone can’t convey. As always with National Geographic, the photos are art. From my childhood I remember sitting on the sofa paging through the images from around the world.
I like Thomas W Schaller’s water colors. Imagine walking along this bridge in the morning in Heidelberg. Schaller’s paintings are the jumping off point for the imagination, being in different parts of the world.
Material gains and progress are not tied to being happy. Even though we have much more than we had a generation ago we are no happier. Income, age, gender are not connected to being happy.
So, what make us happy? Trackyourhappiness.org has something to teach us about being happy. The key finding is stay in the moment. Be aware of where you are and be engaged with the people you are with.
We are able to contemplate the past and plan for the future. Our ability for mind-wandering is unique to us as a species. This is a strength.
It seem like the world has a preference for the bad things. But there is overwhelmingly more good. We simply choose to look for the things that make us smile. Sometimes it’s a beautiful photograph or painting, then it might be music or children laughing. There are so many good things about this world. We just want to bring it to life.