Authors Luís Gallardo and Javier García Campayo have written a ground-breaking new book, ‘Happytalismo’: un nuevo paradigma global del bienestar (‘Happytalism’: a new global well-being paradigm). Gallardo and Campayo propose a new life system and a paradigm shift in our understanding of how to be as happy as possible.
The book proposes a new system called happytalismo, a creative and innovative concept in which the wealth of humanity will be measured, not only through the GDP of each country but based on the happiness and quality of life of each citizen.
The book dives deep into structural changes in mindfulness, social awareness, and attitude of respect towards the earth and ourselves as connected entities. Despite the challenges we face like climate change, wars, famines, and socioeconomic inequalities, we all want to be happy. This mental and emotional state has been one of the most important longings for all ages and across all cultures.
Gallardo emphasizes how necessary it is to replace “having” with “being” as we improve our lives through increased self-awareness. To truly evolve, we must connect with our true needs and focus on other values such as quality of life, freedom, self-development, and learning.
This insightful book urges its readers to imagine a system in which, instead of competing with one another, we cooperate. Rather than complain, we recognize what is good. And instead of comparing ourselves with others, we strive to be the best versions of ourselves.
Being born in today’s modern world means living in economic and political systems controlled for profit. However, we don’t have to allow capitalism to rule our existence. Today’s society is defined by three concepts: competition, complaint, and comparison. These three realities define how we move in society and what is causing citizens a lot of stress, pressure, obsession, and anxiety.
We need to start thinking about what systems will allow us as human beings to fully develop and take us to the next level. Because happiness is a fundamental human right and the ultimate goal, we need to recognize how the current system impacts our ability to maximize happiness.
“We human beings lack a bit of awareness to be able to fully develop and what happytalism does is lay the foundations so that we can pass to the next level” Gallardo explains.
The happytalist system is measured from an index that is inspired by the Bhutanese government’s Gross Domestic Happiness. This index is based on four pillars and nine dimensions. The GDH index includes up to forty indicators, ranging from how much time we spend sleeping to what kind of relationships we have with others to how we balance work and personal life into our activities and communities.
Meet the authors
Together, Gallardo and Campayo have written a powerful narrative on how to achieve our shared goal of being happier and explain the innovative concept of happytalism.
Luis Gallardo is the Founder of the World Happiness Foundation of bē, The TEOH Lab, The World Happiness Fest, and the World Happiness Academy. Gallardo’s influences come from Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, and also from Saamdu Chetri, the Buddhist teacher responsible for inspiring the idea of Gross National Happiness.
Campayo is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and an expert in the mindfulness technique. Campayo is the Director of the Master in Mindfulness, University of Zaragoza: “Contemplative Sciences: Beyond mindfulness”.