Gross National Happiness
"Prioritize your mental well-being over your financial success"
PHILOSOPHY BEHIND –BHUTAN'S-GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS
If a nation is not happy, the economic and materialistic development does not mean anything. The sole purpose of a nation is to be happy, before being rich or powerful.
WHY AND HOW 'GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS' IS CELEBRATED ?
The fourth prince of Bhutan, inspired by old wisdom believed that GDP – which is the main focus of all other nations, should not be the sole indicator of a country’s happiness and well being. To keep the focus on spiritual health, a better life and good health of the citizens with an overall happy environment should be the main focus of the government.
This unique and modern approach to governance takes the focus away from economic well being to holistic well being of a nation. Factors such as spirituality, emotional stability, education, safety, health, hardships people face, traditions and celebrations, afforestation, freedom, working and family hours, etc. are taken into account when establishing the measures of a country’s performance. Bhutan has laid the foundation of a beautiful thought where people move far from monetary terms to judge whether they are happy or not. Living by Buddhist faith, the country has brought a whole new concept of governance into this materialistic world.
IMPLEMENTATION OF 'GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS' IN OUR DAILY LIFE
Swap Cash for Karma
Karma is a bitch and it bites you hard. We continue to gather wealth, without realizing that money can’t buy us happiness. So focus on improving your karma. Do good deeds, help people, make time for God and your family and that alone will lead you to the path of happiness. Happiness lies in the small things that we mostly fail to notice. Look around, happiness is everywhere.
This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)
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