28_幸せの原点

■  The Origins of Happiness  ■

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The Maldivians living in such a beautiful place know so many ways to fill their heart with happiness.

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They go through their usual normal routine of waking up before dawn & praying. Praying moves the worshiper through several different positions. It’s a great way to awaken the body & mind.

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They travel to the sea where they share in the ocean’s bounty. If they reel in a large amount of fish, they share their catch with their neighbors.

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They eat what is locally available. An example of a simple, but heartwarming meal includes:
-Fruits(mango, papaya, watermelon)
-Coconut slices
-Chapati or Rice
-Clear Broth Fish Soup
-Fish of the Day

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Due to their religion, they don’t drink alcohol. Instead, they enjoy themselves by talking over a cup of coffee.

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Although it’s not mandated, they build camaraderie through teamwork.

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They’re in tune with nature.

Me: I wanna go snorkeling tomorrow! Can we go?!
Man: Looks like it’s going to storm tomorrow. We should go now if you really wanna go!

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They value the time they spend with family. It’s not really rare for these people to quit a job just to focus on raising their baby for a couple of years. It makes me wonder how they’re able to survive without any income!

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They’re definitely not materialists. They pretty much share everything with everyone. One time, I gave a wet-suits to my friend as a gift. Then I found out later that he donated that wet-suits to someone else! But it made sense that they gave it to someone whose wet-suits was worn out…

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Even when I was in troubled, they always stay calm and positive.

Me: Oh no,,, what should I do?
Man: Insha’Allah*. Don’t worry. It’ll work itself out.

*an Arabic language expression meaning “if Allah wills” or “Allah willing”.

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Their endless positive attitude used to irritate me when I first got here because I wasn’t used to it.

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Just living a simple & peaceful life with the beauty of nature without having to worry about being materialistic is probably something that we need in a new generation.

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