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The Gift of Time – as outlined by Alexander the Great

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The last wishes of Alexander the Great………

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

  1. The best doctors should carry his coffin …
  2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery ….
  3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see !!

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

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Do We Have Enough Stuff? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do We Have Enough Stuff?

The pursuit of happiness for many is really the accumulation of more stuff.

The pursuit of happiness for many is really the accumulation of more stuff.

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

We live in a disposable age. We have more than we need but few items are made to last because the world has been designed to encourage ‘throw-aways.’

Would you be happier if you have fewer things than you have now? Would you be happy to give up the BMW’s, Pradas, Guccis, the latest gadgets and that big house for the simple life? Must we go out of our way to get the new glossy toy to impress the neighbors?

 The reality is that we live in a world of stuffocation. It’s a new word and it’s easy to define. You look in your wardrobe and it is packed with clothes but you can’t find anything to wear. You decide to buy something new and while you are it you buy some other stuff that you don’t really need but you tell yourself you must have them. You return home with bags of stuff and throw them in a corner.  Continue reading

The Economics of Happiness

The Economics of Happiness

Wednesday 31 August 2011

by: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Project Syndicate | News Analysis

New York – We live in a time of high anxiety. Despite the world’s unprecedented total wealth, there is vast insecurity, unrest, and dissatisfaction. In the United States, a large majority of Americans believe that the country is “on the wrong track.” Pessimism has soared. The same is true in many other places.

Against this backdrop, the time has come to reconsider the basic sources of happiness in our economic life. The relentless pursuit of higher income is leading to unprecedented inequality and anxiety, rather than to greater happiness and life satisfaction. Economic progress is important and can greatly improve the quality of life, but only if it is pursued in line with other goals. Continue reading

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