GHANA…..HUERISTICS AND HAPPINESS

Posted on August 2, 2010

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The quote below comes from The Happiness Project, a blog that I subscribe to and read…well a lot of it anyways. This caught my eye…actually the word hueristics -hey the spell check says I misspelled it-but I copied it right off the site…read the quote for yourself:

My adventures in the lands of happiness research led me to the concept of heuristics. Heuristics are “rules of thumb,” the quick, common-sense principles people apply to solve a problem or make a decision. They aren’t “rules for living” that you consciously try to apply; rather, they’re deeply embedded, often unconscious, rules that you use to make decisions, answer a question, or decide a course of action.

So, I got to thinking-what rules of thumb work here in Ghana. Our son gave us a couple before we relocated to Ghana in July, 1999, eleven years ago. He had lived here for about a year and a half before we returned and when he returned to Canada, he gave us two pieces of advice, rules of thumb, heuristics:
1. “Be prepared.” And that we are. We have our own back up generator in case the electricity system collapses. We have our own well, pump and overhead tanks in case the water system collapses. And we have our own rapid response security system in case of emergency.
and 2. he told us “You’ve got to be mean.” This was prompted by a theft of money from a locked wardrobe in this house, long before it became an inn, by a family member. Madinghana’s comment: Often kindness and respect are mistaken for weakness to be taken advantage of.

Now, do you live in Ghana? Do you have any heuristics?

Here are a few:

1. See it: want it: buy it.
2. If you don’t take advantage of an opportunity, you’re stupid.
3. If there is a trick to be played; it will be played
4. Make a mistake and you really pay for it.

and of course-greet!

And this one was given to me by an Italian volunteer-tourist:

FIDARSI E BENE, NON FISARSI E MEGLIO which means TO TRUST IS GOOD, NOT TO TRUST BETTER.

Here is the actual article: RECONSIDER THE RULES OF THUMB YOU USE IN EVERYDAY LIFE

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/07/reconsider-the-rules-of-thumb-you-use-in-everyday-life.htm
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or here’s the link for the whole site:
Happiness Project

And to conclude-yesterday I got an e-mail subject- “chris, are you ready for Ghana?”
Ya, what a hoot! Maybe it should be “Ghana, are you ready for Chris?”
Anyways-it advertised a new e-guide to Ghana THE BLACK SURVIVAL GUIDE TO GHANA

Here’s the link:
http://ebook.blacksurvivalguide.info
Not sure if the guide’s audience is tourists or diaspora Ghanaians wanting to return-hope the latter

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