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Happiness may be an inalienable right, but there are 565 MILLION web pages, and 175,000 products on Amazon helping people find it, giving a not-so-subtle impression that something is missing. Our increasing problems with depression and substance abuse reinforce that impression.
Gretchen Martens is a woman of many talents – anthropologist, coach, educator and even improve comedy performer, as well as entrepreneur and business developer - who is taking a new approach to this whole problem – at least for America. She has recently returned from a trip to Bhutan, Epicenter of the Global Happiness Movement, where she went to find some new skills and approaches that can help turn this tidal wave of unhappiness around. Bhutan is a tiny country with huge ideas, but as the Dahli Lama has said, 'If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito”. She spent 2 weeks traveling the country, observing and learning. She looked to see if they truly did seem happier - and they did - and then started looking into how they did this. Although she has spent a lot of time in her career teaching people to be happier, she did indeed come back with new skills and is eager to share them and hopefully spread more happiness in this country - something that seems sorely needed given all the recent episodes of blatant hostility we have seenin our own citizens. It doesn't have to be that way!!!
In addition to her speaking and her forthcoming books, she has applied her diverse talents to some things she offers freely to the public – like her daily happiness messages and items on her facebook page, and you will learn how to access them while listening to this program, so keep a pen and paper handy for that and any other notes you may want to take about new approaches to a happier life.