by Dekyi Lee OldershawWhat makes you happy? There are so many different ways you, your friends and family may choose to find happiness. But the goal is the same: We all want to be happy.
I would like to introduce Learning by Example, a community campaign that celebrates the inner qualities that help us enjoy a happy life. We have tried to identify these in 16 Guidelines For Life. You probably excel in a couple of them, perhaps more.
One individual who excels in the qualities that lead to happiness is the Dalai Lama. But his society was once rife with conflict.
It was not until the 6th century that King Songsten Gampo helped all Tibetan society make a radical shift from violence to peace. The 16 Guidelines For Life are based on the inspirational values and principles he introduced to his people.
Now is a time when the same principles could help our society, when the world seems confused about what really leads to inner happiness and benefits those around us. These can help you and the people you love. Maybe even people in your life who you don’t really care about or even avoid.
We will introduce each of these qualities during the next 16 weeks, starting with qualities that strongly influence how we think. Our minds are powerful: if we change our minds, we can change our experience of the world.
The challenge: As we introduce the guidelines, one each week, we ask you to look for people in your everyday life who exemplify that specific quality in a way that leads to happiness for those around them. Look for individuals in your neighbourhood, home, work, community centre, church or any where you witness a person who lives that quality.
Then we invite you to nominate them for recognition, sending us their story and what they do that generates happiness using that quality.
Post your stories in the comments sections after each guideline so that we can celebrate their contributions to a happy society. The more we embrace the brothers and sisters who are our local heros, the more we are inspired to make our own lives meaningful and our community a happy place to be with each other.
To make an contribution to this project, click the comment link below
Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw, 2008 Halton Women of the Year and former director of The Centre for Compassion and Wisdom, is co-author of the book, 16 Guidelines For Life, a practical and simple tool for making life better. You can order the book.