Happiness - Nov-Dec, 2006
Positive Living Newsletter
From the International Network on Personal Meaning

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

President's Column

What has Christmas to do with authentic happiness?
Paul T. P. Wong,
Ph.D. C.Psych

"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 Article)

Re-Print - 2004

The Dao of Contentment
Cindy Wigglesworth, M.A.
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..." (Full Article)

Featured Organization

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

Chris Schryer

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 it out?
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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News and Events

Meaning.ca re-launch!
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.

Dr. 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 Care."

Financial report availible
The annual financial report of the INPM is now available. Those interested in getting a copy should please e-mail Dr. Paul Wong (pwong@tyndale.ca).

Summer Institue planning to begin
The initial planning for the INPM Summer Institute will begin shortly. Please watch here for further announcements.


"Happiness depends upon ourselves."

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
Mark Twain

"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."
Helen Keller

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." - Benjamin Disraeli

This electronic newsletter is published by the International Network on Personal Meaning.