16 Dec 2004 Philosophy of “Value-Creation” Featured in The Straits Times’ “Mind Your Body” Section
The quest for happiness is increasingly becoming the topic of discussion as studies have shown that more people are delineating from the mainstream norm of what defines the pursuit of true happiness.
The daily English major newspapers The Straits Times ran a feature on the topic “Why are some people just happier?” in the weekly Health Supplement Pullout called “Mind Your Body” published on December 22, 2004.
This feature is part of an analysis of what the index measure of happiness should be; and the analysis of what happiness means to the people in the present day.
In the entire 3 full-page report, they featured two paragraphs on the philosophy of Soka Gakkai Buddhists, and SSA was quoted by writer Ms Shefali Srinivas as follows:
“Ultimately, the question is whether all these theories can bring us any closer to happiness. And while research on happiness may be new, the quest for happiness is as old as mankind, with all religions prescribing their own paths to true happiness.
Buddhist philosophy, in particular, deals with happiness at its core. The Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Singapore believe in the philosophy of value-creation, which means creating positive outcomes out of seemingly negative situations. They believe that a person who lives with hope, courage and confidence, despite any setbacks, is a truly happy person.”
(Quote from The Straits Times, “Mind Your Body” Health Supplement, December 22, 2004)