Change yourself: Change your community: Change our world

I + WE = GNH
Good Neighbour Health: Global National Happiness
Change yourself: Change your community: Change our world

We have the capacity, each and every one of us to choose to be vibrant, healthy and happy whatever is happening in our world.  I received some beautiful words from a friend this morning which resonates deeply with this sentiment;

 “Happiness is a choice, not a result.  Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.  No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you, it can only come from you.”

But how? How can we maintain a sense of calmness in spite of what is happening in our world?  The concept of Good Neighbour Health - GNH is about caring for yourself and each other at a local level through community supported practices, opening up to the awareness that busyness and doing can be balanced with calmness and being.  Being connected in community with like-minded and like-hearted individuals creates a gathering, a momentum where ‘I’ becomes ‘WE’.  In the supportive space created by the positive intention of being, we are able to move from isolation to belonging, in this state we let go and grow. 

Co-Creating Compassionate Communities. 

Good Neighbour Health creates gentle steps into community.  The starting point is always I – I as a unique and creative Individual becoming self aware of a desire for personal happiness and truly belonging in WE, in an active relationship within and radiating out into compassionate communities, where we seek and meet others.

Self care  by taking a little time out to explore a more expansive way of living harmoniously and with self kindness.

Self responsibility a gentle shift in awareness exploring a wider perspective of well-being, moving from passive recipient to active participant through calm centredness, stepping up to seek natural and practical ways to enhance vibrant health in mind, body, emotions.

Self awareness to integrate the knowledge and wisdoms, insights and practical experiences that brings harmonious balance into the self and expands awareness to a wider perspective of the world.

Self connection, I to WE as in relationships, family, friends, neighbours, community a local way of caring and creative collaboration, widening the circle to embrace a network and Co-Creating Compassionate Communities.

It means a recognition that local support makes change possible.

It means changing to a more expansive way of being, moving from isolation to connection, communication, compassion and collaboration.

It means ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent’ John Donne

‘My perspective is much broader and less constricted…..I have developed a way of being in the world that is a way of belonging with the world’  Anne Wilson Schaef. 

 Gross National Happiness came out of Bhutan, a small country with a big idea, the world is following.

Good Neighbour Health, the British Isles, a small country with a big idea to link, connect, gather and to be in community.

Let us show the world that when we come together in peaceful unity, we  integrate Health with Happiness, we find each other and we thrive in community.

Be part of the shift, join in, connect.


by Sue Cooper