Man turns empty cans and bottles into furnitureBy Thanh Hoa The table and bench are made from empty bottles - PHOTO: THANH HOA HCMC - A man living in Tan Phu District of HCMC has collected nearly 10,000 empty cans and bottles over the past 20 years and turned them into useful furniture for his own house. Dinh Nguyen Binh said his hobby of collecting unused cans and bottles began when he was a little boy, and he started bringing home cans and bottles that his friends threw away. When the collection became larger, he spent his free time turning them into little things like glasses and ashtrays, and then bigger ones like tables, chairs, and shelves. According to Binh, the work requires a lot of skills, time and patience. He has collected the cans and bottles from his friends and food stalls or bought them from scrap dealers. Among many furniture items made from cans and bottles in his house, Binh loves his bed the most. He made it several years ago to mark his wedding … [Read more...] about Man turns empty cans and bottles into furniture
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The International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20, and was first introduced by the United Nations in 2013. To mark the occasion, let’s take a look at Vietnam’s levels of happiness in reports compiled by global experts. In the most recent index published earlier this month, Vietnam ranks 95th out of 156 countries in terms of happiness, according to the World Happiness Report 2018 (WHR), an initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. This is a slight drop compared to last year when it ranked 94th. The country also ranks 102nd in terms of changes in happiness, down 0.258 points from 2008-2010. According to the report, the happiest country in the world is Finland, followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Vietnam’s WHR ranking this year is lower than in other Asian countries such as Singapore (34th), Malaysia (35th), Thailand (46th) and China (86th), but higher then in neighboring Laos (110th) and Cambodia (120th). The WHR ranks … [Read more...] about Day of Happiness 2018: How happy is Vietnam?
Vietnamese are the 63rd happiest people on the planet on aspects such as long life expectancy, high average income and robust social ties, according to a 156-nation survey just published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Five countries with the highest levels of happiness are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden while Rwanda, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Benin and Togo -- all nations in Sub-Saharan Africa -- are the least happy people, according to the report. The survey, conducted between 2010 and 2012, ranks the US as the 17th happiest country in the world. Other major nations included Germany (26), Japan (43), Russia (68) and China (93). The six factors to rank 156 countries are real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity, according to the report. "There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be more … [Read more...] about How happy is Vietnam?
You can't buy happiness but it looks like you can at least inherit it, British and Australian researchers said on Thursday. A study of nearly 1,000 pairs of identical and non-identical twins found genes control half the personality traits that make people happy while factors such as relationships, health and careers are responsible for the rest of our well-being. Children play on a beach during sunset in Dili, East Timor, May 11, 2007 … [Read more...] about Happiness can be inherited, research finds
Hanoi Times - Happiness has always been the main pursuit of mankind. Ho Phi Thong (1879-1946), an old-school Vietnamese scholar, recommended a life attuned to nature, kept trouble-free, and with a reasonable dose of both physical and moral pleasure. The eternal question of this pursuit has resurfaced in the context of the oft-repeated notion of "development". People first began talking about it in the 1940s and 1950s, when the first development theories were advanced regarding the economic backwardness of the Third World. In those days, development was thought to take place in many stages - tradition, transition, take-off, maturity and mass consumption - and stress was laid on industrialisation and trade. GDP became the golden rule. In the 1980s, dubbed by UNESCO as the Cultural Decade, culture was described as the origin, the driving force and the aim of development. Economy was regarded simply as an instrument. This was not a new idea. Long before, English jurist and philosopher … [Read more...] about Is happiness the real measure of development?