Open Source Teachings & Happiness Lessons
Merijn Ruis is a Dutch born citizen of 25 years old (in 2018). Together with the organization BrightVibes he is trying to make this world a happy and loving place by offering open source teachings through his website.
For quite a long time Merijn followed the status quo. He graduated school, took a side job and went to college. However ... during his college period he started realizing that he can amount to much more when he follows his own intrinsic motivation instead of doing whatever people expect from him.
He started reading about positive psychology, self development and happiness and he began practicing meditation. In his spare time he was making music and he started creating and teaching lessons in happiness for children. He found out that he wasn't the only one who was working with happiness so he decided to write his thesis at a company that was currently teaching happiness lessons to children. This inspired him a lot. The name of this Dutch company is Gelukskoffer (also featured on Love Made Visible).
After Merijn Ruis graduated his study of applied psychology last year, he stopped following the norm and the expectations of other people and started living life the way that feels right for him. He had saved some money and he decided to use all his savings to fund an unconditional basic income for himself for the following year. He did this, so he could focus 100% on the things that he valued as important. It felt a really scary thing to do, but it felt right for him. So what happened? He wrote poetry and songs, made inspirational video's, traveled, read and thought a lot about what it means to be alive. He also began doing some public speaking about the things he had learned and he taught happiness to children. Since he did not have to worry about making money, he had the time to focus on the important stuff!
Recently, he also encountered an awesome organization called BrightVibes. They make inspiring media to improve the world. Eventually he pitched the idea of creating this platform. They believe in it and they wanted to make this happen. So Merijn is so very grateful for BrightVibes, without them, this open source platform with happiness lessons would not exist!
All open source teaching materials on happiness lessons are free downloadable from here in English and Dutch language: http://happinesslessons.brightvibes.com/ Go for it and spread the vibe worldwide!