不丹是世界上幸福指數最高的國家之一，但他們之所以如此快樂的原因可能令人驚訝不已--那就是每天思考死亡。究竟思考死亡和幸福感之間的關聯是什麼？進入本文前，請先想想如何表達以下單字：(A) 突如其來的 (B) 目瞪口呆 (C) 微妙 (D) 隔離
Eric Weiner, a philosophical traveler, had an unexpected experience while on a visit to Bhutan. He found himself (1) spilling his guts while talking to Karma Ura, a Bhutanese man. He told Ura about his physical symptoms that (A) came out of the blue but in the end turned out to be a (2) false alarm. It was only a panic attack. Ura's reply left him (B) dumbfounded. "You need to think about death for five minutes every day. It will cure you." Ura explained that, it is the fear of dying rather than dying itself that is troubling us.
Bhutan, known as one of the happiest countries on Earth, provides some surprising insights into what contributes to happiness. At first glance, it seems like a land where contentment reigns and sorrow is nowhere in sight, but if you look deeper, you will find that their happiness is more (C) nuanced.
People in Bhutan are expected to think about death five times a day. Recent research found that, while death is a psychologically threatening fact, when people contemplate it, it actually helps the auto-suggestive system to search for happy thoughts. Bhutanese people do not (D) sequester the idea of death because they know that death is a natural process in life, and thinking about it makes them (3) seize the moment.
The Bhutanese think about death so often because death is all around them, and another reason is the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. As Buddhists say, "you shouldn't fear dying any more than you fear discarding old clothes." It doesn't mean that the Bhutanese don't feel fear or sadness. They do, but they accept it because it's all part of life. That's their secret to happiness.