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Bhutan and the Gross National Happiness Nations Presentation, Video, Discussions


What happens when a nation decides that Happiness, the Quality of Life, Love and Community should be the foundation of societies development.

Well that nation is on its way to becoming a member in the Gross National Happiness Nations index that is now evolving around the world.

This summer we will meet and watch a presentation and videos on the development of the growing trend in certain nations to develop standards in Gross Domestic Happiness and a Genuine Progress index as a measurement of the societies development. This may lead to a one day event we can all be part of. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of well being."Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product" suggested by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan. Slogan on a wall in Thimphu's School of Traditional Arts. Bhutan Legal code of 1629 “if the government cannot create happiness for its people, then there is no purpose for government to exist.” Constitution of Bhutan 2008 Article 9: “The State shall strive to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness.”

Gross National Happiness ( (GNH) measures the quality of a country in more holistic way and believes that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occurs side by side to complement and reinforce each other.

• Living Standard, Health, Education, Time Use, Good Governance, Ecological Diversity & Resilience, Psychological Well-being, Community Vitality Culture Diversity & Resilience.

Genuine Progress Index ( is emerging to provide a new model for western societies. What's wrong with the tools we're using now?

Today, the most commonly-used measure of economic progress is still the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is simply the total value of all the goods and services that are exchanged for money. The GDP literally does not count some of our greatest sources of wealth - unpaid household labor, volunteerism, and a clean environment, for example. The GDP measurement doesn't distinguish between good things and bad ones - and it counts the depletion of our natural wealth as economic gain. Other countries embracing a Happiness index will be reviewed like Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Nova Scotia Canada. Redesigning the economic systems to serve the whole of life and for the well being and happiness of people and the environment maybe
one of the most important projects of our time.

What is "Gross National Happiness" ? Explained

Bhutan, Gross National Happiness and Sustainable Development

National Happiness Research and Reports:

Canada New Atlantic index