has Christmas to do with authentic happiness?
"It was a gloomy day with darkish
sky. A chilly wind drove shoppers into the stores and coffee shops.
The holiday-weary faces and the retro song “Christmas time
is here, happiness and cheer” reminded me of poor Charlie
Brown and his sad gang..." (Full
Dao of Contentment
Bellaire, TX, USA
(January 2, 2004)
"...The Dao of the world is
both simple and complex. It is complex in that everything seems
to involve an ever-changing balance between opposites: good and
evil; pain and joy; health and sickness; and so on..."
Make Trade Fair promotes the sales of certified
fair-trade products world wide. They also actively petition governments
and multi-national corporations to amend current trade laws, which
will allow small scale producers in developing countries an opportunity
to fairly compete in our global marketplace.
Click the link to find out how you can take part. From joining "The
Big Noise" to petitioning specific companies, or simply educating
yourself on the facts, knowing you are helping millions of people
certainly lends to a feeling of happiness.
A new year
A new beginning
As we welcome a new year, we also look forward
to many new and exciting changes with the INPM and meaning.ca.
For one, our new President, Dr. Bill Evans, will be taking over
this summer, from Dr. Paul Wong. Undoubtedly we will be hearing
much from him in the months to come.
As well, I have started working with Dr. Wong on re-organizing and
generally cleaning house on the website. I have also taken the reigns
formatting the newsletter.
Within the next few weeks expect an e-mail announcing the re-launch
of meaning.ca. While the look of the site has not changed much,
hopfully you will find it easier to navigate. In the next few months
more will be added to it: a new store (the old one is currently
not working); a searchable database of all our archived articles;
a members area where you can share a profile of yourself, and access
various members-only features; and a section of online questionaires
on various topics pertaining to meaning and your life.
Despite all the recent changes, we have made an effort to put out
this newsletter. While there is, perhaps, less content then usual,
we hope that you take some time to reflect on your own happiness.
What sorts of things are you doing in pursuit of that elusive quality?
In the midst of so much global pain and injustice, how do you seek
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, however you spent it,
and perhaps that in the spirit of the season, through some experience,
you felt a glimmer of that warmth, happiness.
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Chris Schryer has become INPM's new webmaster
starting November 2006. He has done a major overhaul of www.meaning.ca
to make it more navigable. We hope that you like the new look of
website. Keep an eye on your inbox for the oficial word on when
it is up and running.
Paul Wong speaks abroad
Dr. Paul Wong delivered the keynote address
at the inaugural Conference of the Institute of Life and Death Education
and Counselling. The conference was held at the National Taipei
Nursing College on Nov. 24. His topic was "The Scientific Study
of Death Acceptance: It's implications for Hospice and Palliative
The annual financial report of the INPM
is now available. Those interested in getting a copy should please
e-mail Dr. Paul Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Institue planning to begin
The initial planning for the INPM
Summer Institute will begin shortly. Please watch here for further
"Happiness depends upon ourselves."
"The best way to cheer yourself
up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
"Many persons have a wrong
idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through
self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
"Happiness is when what you
think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." -
"Action may not always bring
happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -