Amazing, eh? Maybe all our governments could learn something from this tiny country.
Lately, I’ve been getting heaps of new students from Bhutan, a tiny country tucked between India and China. I’m completely enamoured with their jangly ankle bracelets, nose rings and habits of dissolving into laughter over just about everything.When I googled their home country, I discovered that in addition to measuring Gross Domestic Product (like every other country) Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures happiness, via Gross National Happiness. Via wikipedia: The Bhutanese grounding in Buddhist ideals suggests that beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other. The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.