Bhutan has boldly made a universal statement of prioritizing Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GNH in its various manifests as a savior of our mother earth.
It is not just a word used by the government to glorify Bhutan in the international arena, ask any school going children about GNH and you can be sure they have their own definition and ways of practicing GNH in their daily lives. GNH is a concept that is being instilled in every aspect of the Bhutanese life and people have come to understand it as a basic right and necessity.
GNH ethos and values are inculcated in the curriculum of schools and educational institutions.
Nonetheless, GNH has been in the international limelight for quite some time now and superpowers have acknowledged and even embraced GNH philosophy into their national policies. The concept has been tabled in international seminars and conferences. The General Assembly of the United Nations has already adopted the GNH concept and model after a proposal made by the Prime Minister at the 65th session of the UN's General Assembly in New York in 2010. The concept was well received by all member states and GNH has been approved as a MDG (Millennium Development Goal).
from the article... Measuring Happiness - in the land of happiness.
by Tashi D Wangmo. Bhutan.
Gross national happiness (GNH)