Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inspiring TED Talk : Look At Bigger Picture Instead Of Your Wealth Alone

This post was inspired by an inspiring TED Talk that I've watched recently. The title of this TED Talk title is : This country isn't just carbon neutral - it's carbon negative and it was presented by the Bhutan Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay.

Bhutan, a small but thriving country in between two powerhouse countries, China and India and made popular by its high Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index. In fact, the its forth king has pronounced that their GNH is more important that their Gross National Product (GNP) Index since 1970s. Not only that, their constituency demands that a minimum of 60 percent of Bhutan's total land shall remain under forest cover at all time. That explains why they have the cleanest air in the world.

From the talk, I made my simplistic deduction below :

Happiness = Inner Richness + Bonding (with Nature)

Let me try to explain, a true happiness is when our inner richness (our contentment, love, knowledge and spiritual belongings etc..) is met with the nature. The nature here refers to the clean air, chirping birds, mountainous greens etc.. It also means that LESS is MORE! Those material stuff that cluttered our world just made our life more complicated, not any happier.

Of course, I am not saying that wealth/money is not important. In fact, in our modern society, it is necessary to amass a sufficient size of fund before we can continue to live a comfortable life (according to your own terms).

But my point is:
Is making more money made you any happier? Or it just make you feel more secured in your future (which is not entirely same as happiness)?

Have you paid too much attention to wealth/money and neglected the happiness?

Did you strike a right balance in achieving both wealth and happiness (I believed this is the dreams of everyone i.e. staying healthy, wealthy and happy). 

I don't have the answer(s) to the above as I am doing some soul searching myself right now too ;-)   

Do check out the TED Talk for yourself below and start pondering:



  1. How much is enough for us?

    This is serious exercise for us to search for our own answer.

  2. The answer will be simpler if we don't have any more dependents.

  3. Hi Richard, your post reminds me of what the Greek Philosopher Epicurus said thousands of years back:
    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
    Could be a good idea for all credit cards to have this quote across the front in fluorescent pink.
    We are simply not grateful enough.

    1. Tacomob : Very true, we are simply not grateful enough. Well said.

      Btw, how's life? Busy with any ventures at the moment? All the best in whatever you are doing. Cheers!

    2. Life is great. Busy with two ventures right now. And it is the 'right busy(i)ness' for me. I enjoy it.

    3. Good to hear that! Keep it up and keep going... ;-)


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