Dr. Aung Soe (a) Aung Kyaw Moe
Ex United Nations Volunteer (UNV) UNDP
On 21 June 2012, 193 member nations of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark International Day of Happiness on 20th March every year.
The twin concepts of happiness and well-being increasingly feature in international discussions of sustainable development and the future we want.
It is quite obvious that each person dreams of a happier, peaceful and developed global society on this earth.
Many countries are going beyond the rhetoric of the quality of life to incorporate practical measures to promote these concepts in their legislation and policy-making. These good practices can inspire other countries so that measuring and accounting for broader well-being, and not simply national income, becomes a universal practice.
Gross national happiness, the quantitative measurement of well-being and happiness of a nation, originated in Bhutan consider seven measures; economic wellness, environmental wellness, physical wellness, mental wellness, workplace wellness, social wellness and political wellness.
Happiness may have different meanings for different people. But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.
The environmental issue is the more fragile one in nature-loving Myanmar, Unfortunately, many natural areas are facing various risks, especially from extractive industries, after years of apparent lack of conservation. The government will have to smartly balance economy and environment to get its people happy.
Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury. It is deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family. It should be denied to no-one and available to all. This aspiration is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter to promote rights, social progress and improved standards of life.
As for physical wellness, we can not only count the number of hospitals but the quality of healthcare. We need to ensure that the citizens in the country are not living in stress and depression to claim that they are mentally fit.
No doubt, it is a task and duty of every planet-citizen to invest in health, wealth and economy to build a safer, healthier and happier future. Towards this end, all endeavours should be integrated, coordinated and cooperated as a global team-work.
Now is the time to convert this promise into concrete international and national action to eradicate poverty, promote social inclusion and inter-cultural harmony, ensure decent livelihoods, protect the environment and build institutions for good governance. These are the foundations for human happiness and well-being.
Nevertheless, life-style modification is one of the key points in building Health, Wealth and Happiness. Suitable daily exercise is recommended to high-blood pressure, cardio-vascular events, stroke, etc. Social drinking, if not controlled, could lead to severe alcoholism ends up in socio-economical crisis.
You need to taken an adequate rest, sleep and average vocational trips for relaxation. Be contended with your earning! Healthy, nutritious and balanced diet should be consumed. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water should be in balanced proportion. Unhealthy choices of food many lead to obesity i.e. achallenge for health and happiness.
Health, wealth and happiness do not come itself; they are to be created.
Moving forward to become a developed country in health and psychological terms, we have many to do, but beyond any doubt we can.
The political wellness is measured mostly by quality of democracy and individual freedom. The quality of democracy can be raised by all the citizens and instituations by burgeoning of democratic practices, respecting the law and enjoying their rights.
We must join hands in building up the society of zero discrimination where the rule of law prevails as well. Every workplace should be turned into a sound working environment and cut the unemployment rate by generating decent jobs for each worker.
Wish every planet citizen, including Myanmars to enjoy happiness, health and well-being in every strata.