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Happiness as a Verb: Embracing a Multidimensional Approach

GNH Education Symposium, Paro, Bhutan

In our pursuit of a fulfilling life, we often consider happiness as a static state, a destination we aim to reach. However, this perspective limits our understanding of happiness. What if we viewed happiness not as a noun, but as a verb? This shift in thinking transforms happiness from a fixed point into a dynamic process, an ongoing journey that encompasses various dimensions of our existence.

Happiness as a Process

Happiness is not merely a state of being; it is an active process. It involves continuous engagement with our surroundings, ourselves, and others. By seeing happiness as a verb, we acknowledge that it requires effort, intention, and practice. Just as we exercise to maintain physical health, we must actively cultivate happiness through our thoughts, actions, and interactions.

Happiness as a State and an Energy

Happiness can be seen as a state of mind, one that is fluid and ever-changing. It is not something we achieve and then possess indefinitely. Instead, it fluctuates with our experiences and perceptions. Moreover, happiness is an energy that we emit and share with the world. When we approach life with a positive and open heart, we generate an energy that can uplift not only ourselves but also those around us.

Happiness as an Emotion and a Belief

As an emotion, happiness is a response to our internal and external environments. It arises from moments of joy, contentment, and connection. But beyond being an emotion, happiness is also a belief—a mindset that shapes how we interpret our experiences. By believing in our capacity for happiness, we create a self-fulfilling prophecy that attracts positive outcomes.

The Complexity of Definitions

The complexity of happiness invites us to explore it from a multidimensional perspective. It is not confined to one definition or experience but encompasses a spectrum of feelings, actions, and states of being. This complexity is what makes happiness so rich and profound. It is a blend of material and spiritual well-being, a balance of individual fulfillment and collective harmony.

Embodying Happiness

To “be happiness” means to embody it in every aspect of our lives. It calls for an integration of our thoughts, actions, and beliefs. By living in alignment with our true selves and our values, we become a source of happiness for ourselves and others. This embodiment is about more than just seeking personal joy; it is about contributing to a world where freedom, consciousness, and happiness are accessible to all.

Bridging the Material and the Spiritual

The shift from being happy to embodying happiness bridges the material and the spiritual realms. In a material sense, we recognize the importance of meeting our basic needs and achieving our goals. In a spiritual sense, we understand that true happiness transcends material possessions and is rooted in inner peace, purpose, and connection. This non-dual approach allows us to embrace the fullness of life, integrating the tangible and the intangible into a harmonious whole.

Reimagining Education: A Symposium in Paro, Bhutan

At the just-starting Reimagining Education Symposium in Paro, Bhutan, we will reflect on the importance of reframing and shifting the way we educate to achieve an understanding of a multidimensional and systemic set of realities. This symposium provides an opportunity to explore how education can be transformed to foster a deeper comprehension of happiness as a dynamic and complex concept. By integrating these insights into our educational systems, we can cultivate a generation that values and embodies happiness in all its dimensions.


Viewing happiness as a verb invites us to engage with life in a more meaningful and dynamic way. It encourages us to see happiness as an ongoing process, an energy, an emotion, and a belief that we actively cultivate and embody. By making this mental shift, we can create a world where happiness is not just a fleeting moment but a sustainable, inclusive, and multidimensional experience. Let us all “be happiness” and contribute to a future where freedom, consciousness, and happiness are realized for everyone. The insights gained from the Reimagining Education Symposium will be crucial in shaping this future, ensuring that our educational frameworks support this holistic understanding of happiness.

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