In a recent Parable, I referred to an engaging and humorous book written by Eric Weiner titled The Geography of Bliss, One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Place on Earth. His quest to find a place to cheer him up took him to nine foreign countries including a few I had to Google to learn where they were located.
To establish a baseline, Weiner visited Moldova, a country where everyone is miserable. Dr. Rutt Veenhoven, a Dutch Professor of Happiness Studies and the man who inspired Weiner’s quest, called Moldova “the least happy nation on the planet,” so it was an obvious choice by which to judge happier places.
The name of the country alone is significant. You can’t say the word, “Moldoooova” without sounding depressed. On the other hand you can’t say "Jamaica" without smiling.
The Republic of Moldova, a country in East Europe where the per capita income is $3500, was created in 1991 when it declared independence from the Soviet Union. During his depressing visit to this dismal nation, Weiner observed:
"The old saw about the glass being half full or half empty is dead wrong. What really matters is whether water is flowing into or out of the glass. In Moldova, the water is gushing out."
That quote by Weiner made a significant impact on me, because I was prompted to ask myself which way the water flows in my life. Fortunately, I came to the conclusion that “happiness water” continues to flow into my cup, and I still have much to look forward to in my life.
Which way does the water flow in your life?
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