Bhutan, a mountainous landlocked Asian kingdom is routinely considered one of the happiest nations in the world. This is due, in part, to it’s well known national policy that values ‘Gross National Happiness’ (GNH) over ‘Gross Domestic Product’ (GDP).
- The Bhutanese recognize that GDP is no longer able to sustain improvements to well-being. This has led to a shift in values and the creation of a GNH commission whose responsibility is to measures happiness as well as ensure the policies of the Bhutan government are aimed at improving happiness.
Developing measures of well-being and happiness are Government priorities. The UK think tank, Share the World’s Resources suggests that inspiration and example may be drawn from Bhutan regarding the social value of ‘happiness’ and its integration into policy making.
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