Gross National Happiness

Last year Bhutan successfully lobbied the UN to adopt a non-binding resolution to make happiness a ‘development indicator’. ┬áThe UK supported this and so we are invited to draw up own own measures of happiness and contribute them to the UN’s development agenda. ┬áThis is based on Bhutan’s GNH, Gross National Happiness, which measures quality of life by looking at the balance between the material and the spiritual.

Commenting on the UN delegates, the Bhutanese representative said they were overworked and needed to spend more time with their families.

So the question is – what do you think would be a good happiness indicator?

Leave a comment below with your ideas:

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3 Responses to Gross National Happiness

  1. Fergus says:

    Interestingly (possibly as a result of the above), the UK Government is attempting to measure happiness or wellbeing of the population!

    They’re essentially surveying people asking them how happy they are, how happy they felt yesterday etc.

    Not sure the best way of going about it, but good questions can possibly provide useful insights.

    Source – Guardian Website.

  2. mary says:

    i read that were some politicians trying to scupper this work, as they felt it was a load of rubbish.
    Perhaps they should be measuring our “quality time” available?

  3. John B says:

    Edinburgh City Council is actively looking into the Gross National Happiness – difficulty seems to be in establishing some measurement factors.
    Source – recent Inter-Faith meeting in Edinburgh

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