Saturday, 12 September 2015

“Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness’ Index” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ―Buddha

Ideally any nation’s growth is measured by its economic development. However, the tiny remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is an exception where it first invented the idea of using happiness as a measure of good governance. It coined 'Gross National Happiness' index thus becoming a trendsetter to other nations globally. Many nations are taking a leaf out of Bhutan to keep their people happy.

Nations adopt Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but Bhutan adopted “Gross National Happiness" (GNH) in 1972.  It was proposed by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the country's former king and the father of the present king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. This new perspective put Bhutan on the global map. Bhutan became the benchmark for happiness globally. GDP measures the economic health of a country while GNH measures the happiness of a country.

Previously companies emphasized on the slogan of ‘customers first, employees second and shareholders third’. But presently companies emphasize on ‘employees first, customers second and shareholders third’. In a similar spirit, a nation’s well being must be measured by people’s happiness rather than by so-called economic development. Only when the people are happy, they will be able to contribute their best and achieve economic progress. 

This new concept is worthy to be explored by other nations. What every nation ultimately wants is that their people must be happy. Hence, it is time nations followed this concept.

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." ―Albert Schweitzer

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