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A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned…

A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving,…

by Linda Leaming

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In A Field Guide to Happiness Linda Leaming shares 22 things she learned in in Bhutan about living, loving, and waking up. Linda first traveled to Bhutan in 1994, and moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Bhutan 3 years later to teach English to children. Bhutan, famous for its King's emphasis on Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product, is compared to the U.S. Linda had to let lose of almost everything, her goods in the U.S. home when moving, her 2 suitcases of luggage on her way to Bhutan, her culture, language, friends and family.
As resources and choices are limited, Leaming learned to live with less, live and let live animals, drink tea a lot and get used to a pace, mindfulness and peace unparalleled back home in the States. Her visits with her husband to family in the U.S. in the past years confronted both with the stress, sweets, politics and individualism way of life.
The thin air up in the Himalayas forced her to breathe more consciously. Having to send their own child to an Indian school meant dependency on others. The omnipresent Tantric Budhhism captured Leaming as well. She's happy to share from this religion and its Four Noble Truths as well, deeply convinced of the life-changing effects of understanding these. Some history and narrated views on nature, language lessons, lots of humor and personal memoirs gives this well-written field guide added value compared to another self-help guide or step-by-step plan for instant happiness. ( )
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"Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs...This collection of stories, impressions, and suggestions is a little nudge, a push, a leg up into the rarefied air of paradise - of bright sunlight and beautiful views." -- Back cover.… (more)

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