25 Feb '12, 4pm

Thai Artist Looks for Happiness in a Bowl of Rice

Thai Artist Looks for Happiness in a Bowl of Rice

"What will you have with your rice today?" That's how people in Thai artist Nino Sarabutra 's home village greet each other, a question she says gets closer to the heart of assessing your neighbor's happiness and well-being than a simple, and often empty, "How are you?" That traditional exchange, and the meaning behind it, inspired Sarabutra to try and create a larger "good life index," interviewing people both in person and through an online survey that asks questions about regular monthly spending as well as respondents' "last bought luxury," what they "can't live without ," and what would make them more happy. Money, Health, Family, Love Answers to the latter question range from the practical -- more money, more time with family ; to the humorous -- "when my neighbor [turns the] volume down [on] his radio," one woman writes; to the poignant -- good health for aging pare...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/thai-artist-looks-happi...

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