What’s the connection between open heart surgery and the Chinese word for happiness?
Dean Ornish discusses with ShaoLan how his expertise in the operating theatre led him to look at a much more holistic view of treatment for patients, trying to treat the causes of problems rather than simply “bypass” them. The Chinese word for “happy” is 開心/开心 which can literally be translated as “open-hearted” and Dean Ornish proposes that perhaps being “open-hearted” in this sense is a much simpler and more effective route to good health than needing to have your heart opened for you by a surgeon! Who knew that ancient Chinese wisdom was so cutting edge?!
The word 開 means open and 心 means heart, so 開心/开心 means “open-hearted” or “happy”!
More information about Dean Ornish’s research is available at www.ornish.com.