"A human's happiness is in its mind, a dog's happiness is in its tail." - The Bhutanese Guide to Happiness
Hi everyone! I'm glad so many of you wanted to learn more about our Bhutan travels. You had some great questions - mostly about Gross National Happiness.
Elizabeth wondered what happiness rating I would give this trip versus others, which was fun to think about. For me, there are typically two kinds of travels - the vacations to our personal "happy places" (Paris for me) where you feel totally at home and practically dance down the sidewalks in glee the entire time. Then there are the adventures - challenging your viewpoint on the world, rewarding but tough. I expected Bhutan to be more the latter, but it surprised me by being something else entirely. Challenging at times, sure. But the thing is, I just smiled a heck of lot on this trip. I felt very relaxed and found myself frequently delighted by the smallest things.
Like the dogs!
There are dogs everywhere in Bhutan, many strays. None look too hungry.
They always appear very relaxed and zen, and seem, well, happy - you couldn't help but feel the same watching them lounge.
The dogs who hang out at the dzongs (fortresses that serve as religious and cultural centers) and temples seem particularly content. Perhaps the Buddhist belief that a dog is the last animal form a soul takes before it is reincarnated as a human ensures that they are highly regarded.
I swear they smile in their sleep.
Relax, lay in the sun, enjoy the view, don't get too worked up --things will work out. Seems like a good philosophy to me!
Happy Wednesday, all! Hope you find a least a moment or two to relax, lounge in a ray of sun and be zen.