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An Armchair Workout: Foreign Television

Have you been looking for a new way to exercise? I’m not referring to your biceps (which are, I’m sure, already getting a grueling workout at least three days a week). I mean your language comprehension muscles. How often do you get the opportunity to flex those? Not often enough, I’m guessing.

As a proud supporter of bilingual-builders everywhere, we like finding and sharing the best toning and tightening tools. Especially when they’re fun. Which is why we’ve created a foreign television page just for you. You can use our Foreign Internet Television Directory to watch free TV shows from around the world. So get your news in Japanese. Tune in to some steamy Slavic soaps. Watch Star Wars in Spanish. We’ve got it all.

And you don’t have to limit your “workout” to foreign shows. Our new TV Search Engine is customized to help you quickly and easily find all of your favorite TV shows on the Internet–without the cluttered results you get from general search engines. We also have playlists of language lessons, children’s shows, travel videos, and more.

So sit back in your favorite chair, grab your laptop, and explore. And should you happen to find a foreign TV site before we do, share it with us. And we’ll share it right back.

Gha-Key (Happy-Peace)

In the final hours of U.S. tax season, it seems appropriate to post something about economics. But the economics I have in mind has nothing to do with money. Instead, it’s about nirvrti, счастье, bonheurFreude, and Gha-Key (“happy-peace” in Dzongkha, the language of Bhutan). I’m talking about the economics of happiness.

You’re likely already aware that Bhutan was the first country in the world to officially measure Gross National Happiness, the idea that prosperity is based on well-being, not commerce. But what you may not know is that, while Bhutan may as yet have the only government with a Department of Happiness, other nations may not be far behind. The idea of measuring GNH is spreading to nations such as Canada, Brazil, Thailand, and the United States and has inspired international conferences and local initiatives.

And how does one measure happiness? Simple: a survey. Bhutan assembled a team of scientists and psychologists from around the world to create a happiness survey, and groups like Seattle’s Happiness Initiative have adapted it.

Take the Gross National Happiness survey here.