Gross National Happiness

If you want to know the secret of a happy life – go to Bhutan.

Bhutan is a country, bordering with China, India and Tibet. Unpolluted, natural environment, and the ground is still cultivated in the traditional, chemical-free way. There is no hunting and killing animals for a pleasure as well as no fishing from a clear lakes, streams and rivers. The waters of these rivers are known as white or transparent gold and are the main source of Bhutan’s income. Thanks to that they produce an electricity which is exported to India.


Bhutan is an idyll, paradise inhabited by Buddhists utopian. They lead a modest life in connection with nature. They work hard, meditate, pray, play together, they dance, they sing. This picture gave me one of my friends, who visited Bhutan about 25 years ago. In this country currently lives about 700 thousand people. Bhutan was almost always in total isolation, even more than Tibet. Not so long ago, it was visited only by several thousand people a year, and they didn’t have a beaten roads, telephones, radio and television. Changes have occurred in recent years. Internet appeared there in 2000, and the television a year earlier.


The fact about existence of such an amazing country, reached a wider awareness in recent years, inter alia through the concept of Gross National Happiness. It may seem to be strange, funny or naive, but for sure it is interesting. The present King introduced the idea of measuring the progress and development of the country based on the level of happiness and well-being of citizens, and not just on a dry economic indicators. As he said, the GDP doesn’t recognize many factors bringing satisfaction, such as care for the environment, indigenous culture, the trust between the people and the joy of communing with nature. The philosophy of government in this country is focused on the development of the wealth of spiritual and mental health, which leads to a sense of fulfillment and happiness.

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