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Gross National Happiness

I recently listened to Chip Conley’s TedTalk on my run to work where he discussed the topic of measuring what makes life worthwhile.

Although Chip’s talk is directed towards business, it made me think about my students and education in general. Is our educational system designed with the students’ best interested in mind?  Or are we just creating survivors?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Another Ted Talker Nic Marks talks about his idea of the Happy Planet Index. He brings up a fantastic quote by John F. Kennedy, who in 1968 said:

The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes life worth while.

It’s unfortunate that as much progress we have made as a species over the last 100 years or so, we’ve also, along the way, created so much emptiness and ruin.

I enjoyed both of these talks, as they reminded me to continually focus on what’s important in life, and take a step back every now and again to smell the proverbial roses.

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