A Vegan Spreading Happiness in the Northeast – NorthEast Today

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“I would love to marry a Naga if he could be a Vegan .. !!” – says a 25 year old Hannah Kern who is on a cycling spree from Vietnam to London. After pedaling through five countries Hannah touched upon some Northeastern states as well and her experience is worth a share.

Hannah pedaled into India via Manipur where she spent some incredible days with the local people. Describing her sojourn at Imphal Hannah said “I was warmly received by the wonderful Thoudam family (who honestly looked after me as though I was the actual Queen of England). That included taking me around Manipur, feeding me extremely well and teaching me to cook all my favorite dishes – yum! ”. inconversation1

After bidding farewell to Manipur, she made her way to Nagaland. Unfortunately she got stuck there due to the curfew imposed towards the end of last year for the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Her schedule got messed up as she had to extend her stay in Nagaland. In spite of the changes in schedule, Hannah loved her stay. She also got to attend the most colorful fiesta of Nagaland- Hornbill Festival. “Hornbill festival was phenomenal and I got to witness the amazing display of culture”, says Hannah.

Once the curfew was taken down, Hannah rode all the way to Assam. The initial experience of her cycling in Assam was not very pleasant as she got hit by a truck in Doboka. She had to come to Guwahati to get her bike fixed. After celebrating Christmas and welcoming the new year in Guwahati, Hannah started her way to the abode of clouds-Meghalaya. She was mesmerized by the beauty and people of Meghalaya. There, she also met another solo female cyclist from Spain, Yesenia who has been living on her bicycle since three years.

During her stay in the Northeast Hannah provided free educational programs in schools raising awareness about environmentalism, teaching them about climate change, zero waste etc.

Like any other non-native, Hannah too was enchanted by the beauty of Northeast during her. In spite of being a vegan, Hannah relished quite a few vegan delicacies including the evergreen Assamese combo Dal, Bhaat and Aloo Pitika. “I know that the food is not for me. Yet I had some exceptional food in the northeast and all the food that the families have cooked for me is amazing ”, says a content Hannah.

“ The Northeast is breathtakingly beautiful and I want to live here! ” It is completely different from mainland India. It is just incomparable. Also, I feel very safe as a female. In the mainland India you have to watch yourself a lot more but I feel that in the Northeast women do have more respect ”, says Hannah who visited Northeast for the first time.

inconversation2 Hannah's story of embarking on this whole international happiness movement which she termed 'Hannah's Happiness Project' is an interesting one. Hannah is originally from London with a ‘crazy big family’ with six brothers and a sister. She was running two businesses, her own travel based one and another, her brother’s which was performing arts for children. Although she loved what she was doing she felt like she has become 40 overnight. Money became the sole focus. While, all Hannah wanted to do was making a difference in people’s lives. Hence she decided to move out for 3-4 years to look for what she really wanted to do. “I got an opportunity to go and live in Vietnam as a tour guide. This job accentuated my mothering nature looking after groups of young people. That was when I got inspired by Electric bicycles as there are abundance of those in Hanoi ”, says Hannah.

Although her cycling ride began from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on 2nd Feb, she kicked started her happiness project on 1st April 2019 from Hanoi. The whole idea was to connect home to home- from her home in Hanoi to her actual home in London promoting sustainable economical ecological transport and raising awareness and funds for charities Crisis, Friends of the Earth, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and War Child UK that she is representing and also talk about issues that need to be talked about.

Hannah believes she has an abundance of love in her heart and she wants to share it with the world. She is also planning a two week program Hannah's Himalayan Happiness Retreat in April at Naggar, a town 22 kms from Manali.


Nick Jonas Remembers 'Morni Banke' & amp; 'Aankh Marey' Dance Videos as Happiness Begins Tour Ends – News18

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The Jonas Brothers wrapped up the Happiness Begins tour with a performance in France. Nick also shared some of his favorite memories from the time he traveled North America and Europe performing for the fans.

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The Jonas Brothers recently wrapped up their long-running Happiness Begins tour that ran across various cities in Europe and North America. Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas performed for a live audience in Paris, France and announced the wind up of their concert tour.

Nick has been getting nostalgic ever since and even shared his favorite memories from the Happiness Begins tour. Nick posted several moments from the time he spent traveling and performing for fans which were his personal favorites. Interestingly, two memories involve him dancing to Bollywood tracks Morni Banke from Badhaai Ho and Aankh Marey from Simmba.

In a collage of pics and videos shared on his Insta stories, there is video of Nick swaying to Morni Banke. The video when originally posted by Nick had garnered many likes from the fans and had gone viral. Now, Nick remembering it as a fond memory is only adorable. In another clip posted in his Insta, Nick is seen grooving to Aankh Marey with Priyanka Chopra, which he had posted only recently on the occasion of Valentine's Day.

Nick also shared a thank you post for fans as Happiness Begins tour ended.

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Explained: What is Delhi’s ‘happiness class?’ How is it implemented? – The Indian Express

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 22 , 2020 3: 34: 30 pm

express explained, delhi govt happiness curriculum, delhi govt schools, delhi education, arvind kejriwal, manish sisodia, indian express The curriculum is designed for students of classes nursery through the eighth standard. (Express photo / Amit Mehra)

On her upcoming visit to India next week along with US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump will visit a Delhi government school, where she will attend a happiness curriculum class. The curriculum is one of the flagship schemes of the Delhi government in the education sector launched in July 2018 in all government schools.

While Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were expected to accompany Melania during her visit , it has now come to light that they have not been invited .

What is Delhi's' happiness curriculum '?

Citing the World Happiness Report, 2018, in which India ranked 133 among 155 nations in the global rankings, the curriculum calls for schools in India to promote development in cognition, language, literacy, numeracy and the arts along with addressing the well-being and happiness of students. It further says that future citizens need to be “mindful, aware, awakened, empathetic, firmly rooted in their identity…” based on the premise that education has a larger purpose, which cannot be in isolation from the “dire needs” of today's society .

The objectives of this curriculum include developing self-awareness and mindfulness, inculcating skills of critical thinking and inquiry, enabling learners to communicate effectively and helping learners to apply life skills to deal with stressful and conflicting situations around them.

How is the curriculum Implemented?

The curriculum is designed for students of classes nursery through the eighth standard. Group 1 consists of students in nursery and KG, who have bi-weekly classes (45 minutes each for one session, which is supervised by a teacher) involving mindfulness activities and exercise. Children between classes 1-2 attend classes on weekdays, which involves mindfulness activities and exercises along with taking up reflective questions. The second group understood students from classes 3-5 and the third group is comprised of students from classes 6-8 who apart from the aforementioned activities, take part in self-expression and reflect on their behavioral changes.

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The learning outcomes of this curriculum are spread across four categories: becoming mindful and attentive (developing increased levels of self-awareness, developing active listening, remaining in the present); developing critical thinking and reflection (developing strong abilities to reflect on one’s own thoughts and behaviors, thinking beyond stereotypes and assumptions); developing social-emotional skills (demonstrating empathy, coping with anxiety and stress, developing better communication skills) and developing a confident and pleasant personality (developing a balanced outlook on daily life reflecting self-confidence, becoming responsible and reflecting awareness towards cleanliness, health and hygiene).

For the evaluation, no examinations are conducted, neither will marks be awarded. The assessment under this curriculum is qualitative, focusing on the “process rather than the outcome” and noting that each student’s journey is unique and different.

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On a roll: Why Bonnie Ryan couldn't be happier – Irish Examiner

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Melania Trump to visit Delhi school where Happiness Curriculum is taught – Oneindia

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New Delhi, Feb 20: US First Lady Melania Trump will visit a Delhi government school to interact with students. The visit to the school who have been taught the happiness curriculum will take place on February 25.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump will have a packed schedule during his India visit next week.

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Trump would leave US on Sunday morning and arrive in Germany. Following a one and half hour stop, he would leave for India. At India, both Trump and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi would jointly address the Namaste Trump event at the Motera stadium in Gujarat.

During the 22 kilometer drive between the airport and Motera stadium, the two leaders would pass through 28 stages representing the states of the country. This even is called as the India Road Show.

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Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump will arrive in Delhi at around 8 pm and they would stay at the Maurya hotel in Chanakyapuri. They would visit the Taj Mahal at Agra. The business end of the visit will be held at the Hyderabad House where delegation level talks will be held between the two leaders.

Trump will also take part in private events at the US embassy. There would also be a roundtable with industry representatives. Trump and Melania would also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and take part in a state banquet.

Story first published: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 15: 03 [IST]


‘Bees,’ ‘Happiness,’ ‘Quinquis’ Selected by Madrid’s ECAM Incubator (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

BARCELONA – “10, 000 Species of Bees, ”“ Something Like Happiness ”and“ Los quinquis ”are among five feature projects that will be put through development at the ECAM Madrid Film School's pioneering Incubator program.

The Incubator forms part of The Screen, a program at the ECAM Madrid Film School, which is aimed at fostering links between on-the-rise Spain-based talent and Europe's film and TV industries.

Produced by Gariza Films, “20 000 Species of Bees ”marks the debut feature of Estibaliz Urresola. It weighs in with the logline: “What would you do if your six-year-old son says he is a she?”

“It’s not just a movie about transgender children,” Urresola said, adding: “It is a story about our inner lives and how they interplay with the world outside; about the boundaries between these two worlds— and also about violence committed in family, even in the name of love. ”

Director-producer Lara Izagirre directed Basque homecoming drama “An Autumn Without Berlin.” Her second feature as a director is “Nora,” currently at the editing stage and produced by Basque Gariza and La Fidèle Production, located in the French Basque Country.



“Something Similar to Happiness” represents the awaited feature debut of Galician Álvaro Gago . Selected by Variety as a top Spanish talent in 2015, Gago won a Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Festival for short “Matria” amid a flurry of other kudos.

“Happiness” marks a follow-up to his multi-awarded “Matria” and is focused on the main short character, Ramona, a forty-year-old woman who goes through an unpredictable personal situation. She finds a man with whom she builds an uncommon friendship that allows her to think that maybe there is something new to live for.

“Happiness” is inspired by an “anonymous heroine who worked at my grandfather’s house. Her personal universe was so rich and complex that I would like to keep on exploring it, ”the director said. Gago’s first feature is produced by Mireia Graell at Barcelona’s Ringo Media. She has also produced Gemma Blasco’s experimental movie “The Zoo.”



Produced by director-producer Pedro Collantes (“Serori,” “Eskiper” shorts) “Antier Noche ”(An age-old expression meaning“ what happened the night before yesterday ”) is the debut of Switzerland-based, Madrid-born Alberto Martín Menacho. Through an experimental approach, the project portrays four youngsters still living in the same rural area who grew up questioning the social stagnation around them.

“Antier noche” explores hunting but is not a movie about it. ” It is a sociological and cultural heritage tale in a rural context. It is a story of love, of uprooting too, of solitude, and of the beauty of youth, ”Menacho said.

Members of the final selection committee this year included Marisa Fernández Armenteros, a producer at Mediapro's cinema division, Arcadia Motion Pictures 'producer Sandra Tapia, and Elle Driver' sales and acquisitions manager Alexis Reybet-Degat.

Selected at Locarno’s Match Me! Program, Barcelona’s Gadea is the production company behind “La Unión,” The feature follows twin sisters Cecilia and Juliana, born in Colombia but raised in Barcelona, ​​who return to their native village due to their ailing mother.



“My mother’s family past has always been a great mystery to me. Her parents died long before I was born, and she never talks to me about them. I decided to take a trip to Colombia, the place where she was born, to start a documentary about my mother’s silence. ” director Cordelia Alegre said.

Producer Patricia Franquesa added: “Our aim is to explore fiction through the research and mise-en-scène of documentaries.”

Produced by Dynamite Films, producer of Yayo Herrero 's “The Maus,” and Armand Rovira's “Letters to Paul Morrissey,” “Los Quinquis” follows with the rhythm of a thriller two teenage twin brothers living on Madrid's marginal outskirts whose life suddenly takes a radical turn, just when they decide to escape from their oppressive environment.

“It’s a criminal drama that brings together, encoded in fi ction, real stories of several delinquents from the Spanish suburbs.” said director Herrero, who also has a twin brother, and whose father worked as a prison guard prosecutor during the '80 s and '90 s.



Produced by Dynamite and Apache Ent., Herrero’s debut feature “The Maus” premiered at Sitges and Fantastic Fest, snagging the Next Wave Award at the U.S. event.

All the Incubator's five new projects receive € 10 000 ($ 10, 847) grants for development. They will be mentored by directors Pablo Berger (“Blancanieves”), Neus Ballús (“Staff Only”) and Nacho Vigalondo (“Colossal”). Producers Armenteros and Sandra Tapia will also monitor the projects from March to July.

The Incubator endows producers behind the projects with a crucial role to pay on the films. Gemma Vidal, the program manager at this projects forum event, commented: “The producers' selection gathers this year a bouquet of already experienced professionals ready to take the leap into feature territory, with a bold international scope,” adding that the number of female producers behind the hundreds of submitted projects — in line with last year— has been remarkably higher than in previous editions.

The Incubator initiative is held in collaboration with Focus CoPro, a new event hosted by Cannes' Short Film Corner, the Torino Film Lab, Rotterdam Lab (IFFR), the Toronto and San Sebastian film fests, Spanish film promotion org Espagnolas in Paris, and EAVE (the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs).




“Rather than economic growth, we need happiness and wellbeing” – The Star

Global warming at the Arctic North Pole, Svalbard

Well, Star Editor, you recently asked for opinions on global warming, so here goes.

The developed world needs to change priorities from economic growth, an abstract issue only the controlling elite relate to .

But we, the 95 per cent, must also take some share of responsibility. Why protest against oil companies, airlines, palm oil producers, loggers etc. when all they do is provide for our demands? Perhaps we make these demands because we are brainwashed by the world of commerce.

What would happen if the UK dropped out of the rich list? Would the average person notice a difference? What are we actually looking for in life? Lots of us travel abroad nowadays and in many destinations the locals are poorer than us, but always seem more content. Similarly our old folk assure us that people were happier in the good old days when we had less.

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Our current way of life involves consumption, which turns the earth's resources into carbon dioxide and pollutes the world including the low consumers .

Rather than economic growth, we need happiness and wellbeing. These attributes have been proved not to require financial success. Excellent thorough research is described in a book, 'The Spirit Level' which offers study after study proving that equality in society is the key to happiness and well-being, regardless of financial status.

Meanwhile the old economic theory that wealth trickles down has been disproved over recent years and the gap between rich and poor has widened exponentially. In the UK the richest 20 per hundred have incomes 12 times greater than the poorest 20 per cent. Are they twelve times happier? Meanwhile, the richest eight individuals in the world have wealth equal to the poorest four billion who contribute negligibly to the carbon crisis. Are the mega-rich therefore half a billion times happier?

To summarise, we need to reassess our values, share wealth more evenly, consume less of the world's diminishing resources and stop chasing after unsustainable economic growth. But those capable of bringing this about have no intention of doing so.


The Jonas Brothers take the stage in Madrid as their Happiness Begins tour wrap up – Daily Mail

The Jonas Brothers take the stage in Madrid as their Happiness Begins tour wrap up … ahead of their Las Vegas residency

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The Jonas Brothers are on top of the world.

As they begin to wrap up their Happiness Begins World Tour later this month, Joe, 30, Nick, 27, and Kevin, 32, took the stage in Madrid, Spain for one of their final stops on the tour.

But the famous brothers will only have a month to recover as they pack their bags to head to Las Vegas for their highly-anticipated residency.

Final shows: As they begin to wrap up their Happiness Begins World Tour later this month , Joe Nick and Kevin took the stage in Madrid, Spain for one of their final stops on the tour

Gearing up: The group will host a nine-show run in Sin City at Park MGM's Park Theater

The Sucker singers have one more show in Spain tomorrow evening before jetting off to finish their tour in Paris on the 22.

Shortly after, the group will host a nine-show run in Sin City at Park MGM's Park Theater.

This news came just before the three also revealed they have more up their sleeves, a whole new album.

While the album name or release date hasn't been released, they did assure fans it's coming.

Happiness Begins here: Nick and Kevin stand close together during the show

Working it: The band's front runner rocked his denim Louis Vuitton get-up during the show

And if that wasn't all enough, the family has one more thing to be excited for.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Joe and his wife Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner are expecting their first child together.

'The couple is keeping things very hush hush but their friends and family are super excited for them, 'a source revealed to Just Jared .

Ending strong: The group only has four more shows until the Happiness Begins tour officially wraps

The two got married back in May 2019 in Las Vegas ahead of their second wedding in France just a month later.

Neither Joe or Sophie have commented on the news.

When the bonus Jonas arrives, the little one will be in good company with Kevin and Danielle's daughters, Alena and Valentina.

Love birds: Joe and his wife Sophie Turner pose together on the red carpet during the Grammy Awards

J sisters: Sophie, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Danielle Jonas all smile at the Grammy Awards back in January


Rab McNeil: why I'm dying of happiness, the trials of witchism and soapy troubles – HeraldScotland

I HAD to laugh when I read a scientific finding that our feelings of joy and contentment peak at the age of 82.

Considering that average life expectancy for those born in Scotland in 2016 – 18 is 77. 0 years for males and 81. 1 years for females, you will understand why my laugh was hollow. We won’t see 82.

The 82 claim comes in a book called The Changing Mind by leading neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, of McGill University in yonder Canada. Dr Levitin came to his conclusion after analyzing World Health Organization data from 60 countries.

He said: “People get happier… You realize you’ve gotten through all these things that were stressing you out. If you make it to 82, you’ve managed [and] you’re OK. ”

Dr Levitin also found that happiness declines in our 30 s but picks up again from the age of 54. The reason is that folk come to terms with the “too high” expectations of youth and realizes that “life is pretty good”. Is it, aye?

That said, even if 82 feels like immortality to Scots, there could be something in the notion that we get happier as we age. True, we’ll be prey to ailments and infirmities. Physically, life gets increasingly rubbish.

But, mentally or even – dare I say it? – spiritually, we might be more sorted, particularly if we have stopped tormenting ourselves with hope.

It’s likely that we’ll be more settled too, particularly later on. No more moving house or job or partner. I know that some older people still do these things, but they should be scolded for it in no uncertain terms.

You can also cheer yourself up when you're older by knowing that life, which is just one hassle after another, will soon be over. Soon, you'll be sitting in limbo (a waiting room that has old copies of The Watchtower on a coffee table) with your incorporeal face in your insubstantial hands as you receive the distressing news that there is reincarnation and you have to go back for more disappointments, unfairness and torture.

Doesn’t bear thinking about. Another thing hard to contemplate in this debate is: what if you haven’t got any money? It’s a fat lot of use being 82 if you can’t afford booze and fags any more.

Dr Levitin says getting happier as you age applies across “72 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe”. But what if you don’t live in an advanced country like these? What if you live in Scotland, with its rain and gray clouds, rather in, say, Hawaii or Sussex, with their blue skies and sunshine?

The good doc adds that it helps if you try new experiences and nurture relationships. Well, that's me doomed. I hate new experiences and nurturing relationships. Load of nonsense.

At the age of something-2, I suppose I ought to start getting my act together and preparing myself for the coming happiness that is about to inflict itself on my life. Some of you probably think of yourselves as happy, so what’s the drill?

Will I wake up in the morning saying, “Hello birds, hello trees”? Hang on, I do that already. Will I take myself down to the village gym and sauna, and feel great afterwards? Hang on, I do that already. Will I look forward to my evening oven chips and a dram the size of a small loch? Hang on, I do that already.

Hell’s bells. Could it be that I am already happy? Why was I not informed of this condition before now? What are doctors for? Eighty-two? Nah, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Now you're being witchist

HOW disturbing to read that witches in Britain still face persecution. I’d thought that, after a period in limbo, the souls of the original witch-hunters had been placed in the bodies of today’s woke, politically correct oppressors.

At any rate, a witching shop in yonder Gloucester has reported all manner of threats, including burning the premises. It has suffered repeated vandalism.

Difficult to know who’s do such a thing. Christians are usually quite nice, but there also exists a lunatic fringe that believes in God and suchlike.

I interviewed witches, or Wiccans at least, a couple of times back when I was a proper journalist. Somebody on the newsdesk would say: “Hoy, you. With the big nose. Go oot and interview a witch. ”

I found such folk to be very pleasant. A bit New Age, you might say. Into nature. Right ecological, ken?

Mind you, the folk in Gloucester keep their DNA, and that of their dogs, in bottles to ward away “negativity”, it says here. Aw naw: negativity.

That’s being silly now. My feeling about people on the fringes of society is that, if they’d behave more sensibly and conform more to the mainstream, then people might leave them alone.

Oh south off

AW, as some idiot said earlier, naw. There’s now designer washing up liquid costing up to £ 22 a bottle.

Many of you men of experience will have discovered you can just buy the cheapest washing up liquid or dishwater tablets or even soap for your face, if you’re the sort of person who washes themselves, and it all does the same job.

Some of it might smell grotesque, and it could take the skin off your hands. But who cares? It's a small price to pay for paying a small price.

But cleaning is the new rock and roll, and various online gurus – “cleanfluencers” – are punting bottles of colored liquid that add glamor to the kitchen and turn, according to one company, “a chore into a more enjoyable task”. I see.

Some of these suds are billed as right antibacterial. Some contain organic olive oil. Some have matching diffusers. Some have enzymes: aye, thaim.

If I was me, I wouldn’t be taken in by any of this. However, if you're not me, feel free to fill your boots, or at least your basin. Perhaps your plates will be so clean you could even eat your food off them.


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