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Sappho and Transcendence Through Poetry

How many famous women would you say you know from the ancient times? You could probably count them on the fingers on one of your hands.

It isn’t an accusation, nor is it an attempt to make you ignorant; it’s just painstaking reality of how little we know of women from the ancient times and beyond. History cares little for the success of women, and it’s usually the men who get all the attention. It’s a terrible reality that will take us forever to rectify.

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Hildegard of Bingen – The Mystic, the Author, the Composer

Not many know of Hildegard of Bingen, but then again, not everything is known of her with certainty, as she lived in the early 12th century and much about her is lost to the ages.

But despite that, she is still a prominent historical figure and a saint, credited as the founder of German scientific natural history.

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Marie Curie and Having Dreams That Bring the Future to the Present

Marie Curie, one of the greatest female scientists of all time once said: “Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.”

It is a long quote but arguably one of her greatest. She described what scientists need to be and how important it is for humanity to have scientists – the dreamers. 

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Simone de Beauvoir and Feminist Existentialism

With an extensive opus of writings and long-time work as a feminist and philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir is considered as one of the greatest existentialist philosophers. Besides that, she worked with a lot of other immensely prominent names, including her lover Jean-Paul Sartre, then Albert Camus, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 

She created plenty of writings, including those on feminism, ethics, and politics, but she also wrote fiction.

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Mother Teresa and Caring for the Poorest Among Us

We all know Mother Teresa, a humble frail nun, who has dedicated her life to helping the poorest people of the world. 

Her calling can be surmised through the words of Jesus Christ, the words she kept saying throughout her life: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.”

She dedicated her entire life to helping the people who most sorely needed help, and now everyone remembers her name, and deservingly so. 

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Wangari Maathai and the Fight for Human Rights and the Environment

When a fight has been going on for a long time, it can easily seem as if it will last forever. That’s what can we say about the never-ending fight for our human rights and the environment. 

These two wars look as if they will never end, and that all of us who only want to have a healthy and prospering world to live in feel as if we are the minority who can’t possibly win. 

But every once in a while, there comes a great thought leader, and most of us can delight in saying: “you see, there is hope yet.”

That’s something that we can say about Wangari Maathai, the great Kenyan environmental and human rights activist.

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Oprah Winfrey and the Power of Asking Questions

Most of us, if not all of us know about Oprah Winfrey. She is one of the richest women on the planet and one of the most influential celebrities. She was at one point, the only black billionaire in the world. Her show is one of the longest running and most successful shows ever and has inspired a whole new genre of talk shows around the globe.

Need we go on?

But how did she achieve all of this? One could argue that she made it here by asking questions, which is why we believe that the power of asking questions is truly a great one. Through questions and subsequent raising awareness of relevant issues in the world, you can bring about a positive change. You can bring lasting happiness for a great many humans across the globe – as Oprah did.

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J.K. Rowling and the Power of Imagination

The most excellent power every writer has is to move masses through their words. Think about it, a writer is a man or a woman who’s not in close contact with their vast audience, and yet they have the power to influence their lives by writing down what they imagine. 

Many writers have managed to do a lot with their texts and their books, and arguably one of the most influential writers of the modern age is J.K. Rowling. 

Yes, she earned a lot of money and popularity with her stories, and yes the magical world she created has become a massive part of modern pop culture, but there’s more to it than that. 

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Mahatma Gandhi – Peace and Truth at the Heart of Freedom

We all can agree that Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most exceptional human beings who has ever lived. His fight for freedom in the most nonviolent way imaginable is the stuff of legends, and deservingly so.

His actions have been studied for a long time and are essential knowledge we all should know. The man managed to free an entire country by relying on peace and truth only. He didn’t have to start a war, and he didn’t have to kill India’s oppressors.

Gandhi’s methods have inspired other prominent names of the 20th century like Martin Luther King Jr and James Bevel.

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Albert Einstein and His Quantum Leap for Humanity

One of the greatest scientists of all time was the renowned physicist Albert Einstein. He brought us the theory of relativity, the famous formula E = mc2 which every person, from the age of ten to 110 knows.

He brought us into quantum mechanics as well. He laid that foundation on which the downright bizarre quantum mechanics was born. He couldn’t find a way to ‘finish’ quantum mechanics, but he knew that it was correct, and he knew that it could explain everything. As he said: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” a quote that might explain why he never ceased to work and discover.

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Carl Jung – The Power of Unconsciousness

Everyone at all interested in psychology has heard of Carl Jung – that’s how widely influential his teachings and views are. Modern psychology can hardly exist without Carl Jung.

But have you heard about his teachings on the unconscious mind? His concept of collective unconsciousness and its power?

If you haven’t, you are in the right place. We wanted to talk about this and how important this concept can be for all future leaders who want to change the world for the better and bring about happiness for everyone.

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Rudolph Steiner – The Wisdom of the Being

The system of education we have today is filled with flaws, and it’s about time we did something to create a positive change, no matter how small or large. We need to do everything we can to create a better system for our children and all the youth of the world of tomorrow.

We want to make the people across the globe happy, and we need to do it from an early age. The problem with mainstream education today is that it doesn’t consider happiness, and it doesn’t recognize the child’s spiritual, moral, and creative side.

There are plenty of systems that want to change this, but Rudolf Steiner is the one who envisioned a unique system that genuinely incorporates the entire being, almost a full century ago.

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Thich Nhat Hanh – The Importance of Planting Seeds

If we are to spread happiness throughout the world through efficient practices like mindfulness and compassion, we need to include the children as well.

That’s precisely where Thich Nhat Hanh is coming from. He has dedicated his life to making mindfulness more approachable to children. Our children are the most valuable treasure we have on this planet, and we need to make sure that their future is bright and that they are all happy now and later in life.

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Lao Tzu – The Greatest Book Ever Written

No one looking to live life in perfect harmony with themselves and happiness can omit the teachings of Taoism. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not; the lessons of Taoism can help you in many ways. They mostly are talked about in Tao Te Ching; likely the most excellent book ever written.  

The legend says that it was written by Laozi or Lao Tzu as most people around the world know him. This ancient Chinese philosopher is as mythical and influential as Homer is in the West and equally a legend.

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The Dalai Lama – Compassion as the Enabler

The Dalai Lama – we all know him and would love to learn from him. At least that’s something that all of us interested in world happiness can say.

To be genuinely compassionate, happy, and a leader who will impart this knowledge and traits onto others, you need to learn from the greatest scholars and enlightened people in the world. There is no better than the Dalai Lama at that.

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The Teachings of Sadhguru – A Prosperous World Is at the Tip of Our Fingers

The world we live in is a world filled with problems that need fixing. There’s a lot of inequality, violence, and unhappiness. However, we should add that there is still a lot of happiness in it as well as prosperity.

The problem lies in the fact that there are all of these numerous conditions for a better, happier, more prosperous world, but we lack the consciousness needed to mold such a world fully.

Many of us have the potential to be the leaders who will change the world for the better. What we lack is pure self-awareness. That’s what Jaggi Vasudev, better known as Sadhguru, wants to teach us. His Isha Foundation was created to provide that heightened self-awareness that we all need to make a difference in the world.

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The Future of Happiness

During the next World Happiness Agora in March 2020, we will have five days to talk about our future. Each day will have its own topic, but each of those will have something to do with happiness.

Why? Because happiness is something, we all need to uphold. It’s something that every human being on this planet deserve, and we all as the leaders of today and tomorrow have to work together to make this dream a reality.

The World Happiness Agora is one way we believe will get people to think and entice them to action.

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The Importance of Self-awareness for Improving Well-being

Self-awareness, self-knowledge, introspection – however you want to call it, is a crucial aspect of each of us and our lives.

It’s about finding out who we are and becoming truly self-aware as individuals. It’s about understanding our needs, failings, desires, our habits, and all the other things that make us who we are, that make us unique in this endless universe.

There’s no one else out there like you, and you are the only one who can honestly know yourself. But self-awareness is crucial for a wide range of reasons – it can enable us to be better, improve ourselves, build specific aspects of ourselves, but most importantly – it can help us improve our overall well-being. That will, in turn, lead us towards a happier and fulfilled life.

The Huge Importance of Self-Awareness

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How Transformative Technology Improves Our Happiness

There are plenty of ways in which many leaders among us try to improve happiness on a broader level. But only through tech can we truly revolutionize this effort, and that’s precisely what transformative technologies are trying to achieve.

In this article, we’ll explain what these are and how they are transforming the world and increasing happiness.

What Are Transformative Technologies?

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How Happiness Impacts Health

Many don’t even consider that happiness can influence their health, but the reality is much different, and science is starting to prove it.

We are going to show you that happiness and health are very closely connected and that happiness truly matters in life, for more reasons than many believe. After that, we know that you’ll dare to imagine a world where all seven or so billion people are happy in their lives, just as we are imagining it and working towards turning this dream into a reality.

The Importance of Happiness for Health

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