1. They value family and company
Indonesians are a well-known proof of a popular axiom ‘wealth is not everything’. Living in slums, not having enough fresh water, facing tsunamis and the discomforts of overpopulation, they rejoice in their families and friends. In the country where different ethnicities and religions coexist, there is a special sense of tolerance. The national survey reports that it’s family matters that make Indonesians so happy.
2. They try to fulfill their basic needs
In many respects, especially those connected with climate, we can’t change our comfort zone, but this is not the reason to deprive yourself of those basic needs that can be fulfilled. What about the joys of sleep? Richard Shane, a scientist who once suffered through insomnia, has dedicated an entire series of articles to sleeping well. They feature the matters that are not covered in the literature of this kind too often, for example, about relaxing your tongue. The scientist says that sleep deprivation can really make you unhappy, and on the contrary, healthy sleep has enormous positive impact.
3. They help other people
This works simply and surely: when you help others, you are not alone in this world, and happiness of others makes you happy, too.
4. They can stand up and say no
There is a chance you can be lost in volunteering and helping others – in a bad sense. As every worker, volunteers may get a burnout, which has already become a popular research subject.
5. They stop living for the future
Alan Watts, a philosopher and writer who used to popularize Eastern philosophy in Britain, particularly in his book ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety’, argues that we live in the future too much. Craving to live better, people hurry, work too hard, and struggle emotionally for the sake of abstract future. But it is possible to live happily in the present without the assurance that the future will also be good.
艾伦·瓦茨,一位哲学家和作家曾在英国推广东方哲学,尤其是在他的书中“不安全的智慧: 一个焦虑的时代的信息,“认为我们太过于生活在未来。渴望更好的生活,人们匆忙, 太努力工作,斗争情绪只为了抽象的未来。但可以幸福的生活在现在不保证未来会变好。
6. They have a dream
A dream is something about the future, and yet it can shape your happy present.