How To Be Happy: A Healthy & Precious Lesson To Learn From An African Tribe.
No doubt about this, every one of us would like to learn how to be happy in life.
And this happiness is what we do seek for, from far reaching places and surprisingly, this may come from an unsuspected tribes or environment.
An anthropologist who had been studying the culture and habits of remote African tribes met a surprising thing on how happiness should be developed.
Look at what he did that led him to the discovery of what and how happiness should be cultivated----
The day he was to return home after years of his dedicated service and research in the remote African community, he put together a gift basket filled with ripped fruits from around the various regions and had them wrapped in a ribbon.
Placing the fruit under a tree he gathered all the children from the village, he drew a line on the ground and looked at the children directly into their faces saying: “if I tell you to start, run to the tree and who ever get the basket first will enjoy the belongings”
But before we start let me ask you a question now; if you were among the children, would you not try your possible best to be the first to win the man heart and enjoy the trophy?
I know most of us would like to do just what I asked in my question above but, the children from this village did quite a different thing altogether that intrigued the white man.
What did they do? They ran together to the tree holding each other on their hands then, on reaching under the tree they sat together and enjoyed their fruits.
The white anthropologist was shocked and well amazed on the character exhibited by these children that he asked them a question saying: “why should you go together when one person can easily reach the tree and enjoy all the fruits for him/her?”
You could be imagining what the answer should be from these children but before your imagination, let me give you the exact response from one of the children being a female.
A girl among the children looked up at the anthropologist and said: “how can one of us be happy if other ones are sad?”
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The above answer from the female child steps us down to the statement; How To Be Happy.
By using the word UBUNTU from South African activist Desmond Tutu which means “I am because we are” we could go a long way to describe the young girl and her thought.
Below is how Ututu explained the concept:
IN AFRICA, WE BELIEVD THAT A PERSON IS SOMETHING THROUGH OTHER PERSONS
“Africans have a thing called ubuntu. We believe that a person is a person through other persons. That my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging.”
According to Ututu, This is the kind of philosophy that our community embraces, he further said.
Happiness comes from combining what we love to do with what is meaningful.
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY FIRST
In community and belonging, that is where your humanity comes from. In this our little community here, we all are faced with different problems, some are striving to get fit, some to improve in their businesses, others to be healthy and become happy.
No matter what individual differences we pursue, our major aim in this community is to grind towards greatness as a team. Our quest as a group of people is to make the world better, not only different, further, we support each other.
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