Canadian social psychologist Jamie Gruman is proposing a new way of achieving nirvana: Do nothing.
Instead, live in the moment and embrace the "serene and contented acceptance of life as it is, with no ambitions of acquisition, accomplishment or progress toward goals," said Gruman, co-founder of the newly created Canadian Positive Psychology Association, a network of scholars and academics studying human well-being and happiness.
Psychology has long focused on our inner torment: understanding why people get depressed or anxious, and how to alleviate it. The emphasis has been on "disorders," "deficits," "neuroses" and the need for "therapy."
...the notion of a healthy national psyche is being embraced more openly by economists, politicians and political scientists around the globe, including in Canada, where, for example, Green Party leader Elizabeth May recently introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons meant to develop a set of indicators to measure "the real health and well-being of people." A United Nations expert panel earlier this year called for nations around the globe to track the happiness of their people, arguing that economic wealth doesn't equal psychological health.
The 22-hour voting marathon in Parliament wasn't a stunt or a delay tactic, but rather a legitimate way to reason with the Harper government to change its omnibus budget bill, the Green party leader says.
So it was this week that the NDP, the Liberals and Greens - or, Green, singular, the party's only MP, Elizabeth May, acting as conduit for hundreds of amendments - tried to toss up hundreds of amendments to the budget omnibus bill