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POLOLO’s “Lucky the Mushroom” symbolizes a successful symbiosis of health, wellbeing and social responsibility

[Berlin, March 20th, 2018] Since 2013 the “International Day of Happiness”is celebrated on March 20th each year, following a resolution by the UN General Assembly. The purpose of the United Nations is to associate with this international day very specific policy goals world-wide: in particular, to recognize initiatives that move the definition of wealth from a purely material point of view to the consideration of sustainability aspects. Incidentally, the small Himalayan country of Bhutan is regarded as the initiator of this world day. POLOLO’s “Lucky the Mushroom” – made in Germany –  shall remind us all year round that health, well-being and social responsibility can form a happy symbiosis.

Happiness is a serious topic!

March 20th should be the occasion for actions that remind us of the importance of happiness and well-being as a goal in the life of man. At the same time, “happiness” is understood as a deliberate balance of economy, social aspects and ecology.

As the only country in the world to date, the remote Bhutan in the Himalayas, which was still secluded by the world well into the 20th century, does not measure its prosperity by economic growth, but by the well-being of its people. The country is just as large as Switzerland, but has only about 750,000 inhabitants, of which 70 percent work in agriculture – and a large part of the population is still considered poor by Western standards. But as early as the eighteenth century, this legal principle was established there: “If the government can not create happiness for its people, then there is no purpose for government to exist”.

Gross domestic happiness as a guideline for politics

The former King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, was interviewed in 1986 and asked about the gross domestic product (GDP) of his poor country, which was only 50 USD per capita, the lowest in the world then. However, the king is said to have responded promptly: “The gross domestic product does not interest me. I’m interested in gross domestic happiness“.

However, even the Bhutanese do not believe that their personal happiness can simply be politically dictated “from above”. The king, however, sees his task in creating the conditions for happiness. He is supported in this by a national centre for gross national happiness and several thousand “happiness researchers” who regularly interview the people. According to this, there should be 33 indicators divided into nine categories in order to measure happiness in the Bhutanese understanding – including health and education, but also environmental protection.

In addition to the external conditions for happiness, which also includes a good governance and administrative structure, the preservation of cultural values ​​and the promotion of a fair social and economic development, the inner dimension is also emphasized – real happiness therefore presupposes to live in harmony with oneself, with nature and with other people: experiencing sustainable happiness requires not inflicting suffering on others and finding inner peace!

POLOLO’s “Lucky the Mushroom” also pleases allergy sufferers

The mushroom fruit springing up from the forest floor, which can grow and unfold to its full splendor, can be described as a “lucky being” – so every small child who learns to walk successfully in order to explore the growing environment with his own senses as well.

No matter whether the little ones are moving in their real environment with all its challenges or in a fairy-tale dream world: With POLOLO’s “Lucky the Mushroom” {https://www.pololo.com/english/Collection/slipper-lucky-the-mushroom}, lovingly handmade in POLOLO’s manufactory in Franconia, they are well equipped: These lime green slippers with a pink-onset fungus give children’s feet exactly the freedom of movement they need for healthy development. They are available in sizes 18/19 to 26/27.

However, there is a very important difference to the real model: whilst the fly agaric is often used as a symbol of fortune, POLOLO’s slippers made of vegetable-tanned leather are free of harmful substances and toxins, furthermore uncoated and therefore particularly skin-friendly, so that even allergy sufferers will enjoy wearing them and have a lucky start into their childhood.