November 22, 2012
The Centre for Bhutan Studies (CBS) organized “the Meeting of Practitioners and Scholars of Happiness” in Thimphu, capital of Bhutan on October 30 and 31. Together with happiness experts from Asia and other parts of the world, JICA-RI research fellow Yoshiaki Takahashi attended this conference as one of advisors for the next survey on “Gross National Happiness (GNH)” that aims to measure happiness and wellbeing in Bhutan.
At the end of the meeting, Dasho Karma Ura, President of CBS, requested the participants: “This meeting marks just the beginning of the next survey of GNH. I would like to ask for your continued cooperation.”
During his stay in Bhutan, Takahashi visited villages around Paro, where he exchanged views on happiness with local people. On his visit to one of the local primary schools, he was invited to a class to ask students when they feel happy. The majority of the students responded in relation with those people close to them: “When I spend time with my family,” “When I can help my friends or parents in times of trouble,” “When I make new friends,” and “When my community is going well.” Such responses prove that Bhutan society values people. On the other hand, a rush to build vulnerable condominiums against earthquake on the outskirts of Thimphu, as well as a shift to a motorized society where cars career at breakneck speed alongside children playing in the street on their way to and from school has brought a troubled mind to Bhutan society that have been searching balance between development and happiness.
Takahashi Gave Presentation with a Title of “Does other person’s happiness make you happy?” at ISQOLS Conference in Venice, Italy
Takahashi moved to Venice where he had a presentation at the 11th conference organized by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) in Venice, Italy from November 1 to 4. At this conference, Takahashi spoke of his studies on how relationships with others play a pivotal role in happiness, developing his presentation at the 4th OECD World Forum in October. Ruut Veenhoven, professor emeritus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a recognized authority on happiness studies, chaired the session. He commented that Takahashi’s presentation contributed to this field of study with an expectation for further research and analysis. Takahashi also had an opportunity to discuss the semantic difference between the meaning of happiness and that of satisfaction with Prof. Richard A. Easterlin, ‘the father of economics of happiness,’ of the University of Southern California, who gave a keynote lecture at the conference.
|Day||October 30, 2012(Tue) - October 31, 2012(Wed)|
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