A Place where GDP counts over happiness: Bhutan
It’s not my story but a wish to come true.
Writing a letter to my family and friend-
I am leaving home by today morning with my stuff but don’t worry I will be back if I will find this place not worthy to live.
Maybe most of the people will find it a crazy idea and most of them will think that I am running from the problems in life but it’s not true.The sole purpose for this step is to find the real happiness either for a short period or a long one which is very rare to find these days.
“It’s a suitably uplifting welcome to visitors to this remote kingdom, a place of ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and staggering natural beauty. Less than 40 years ago, Bhutan opened its borders for the first time. Since then, it has gained an almost mythical status as a real-life Shangri-La, largely for its determined and methodical pursuit of the most elusive of concepts — national happiness.
Since 1971, the country has rejected GDP as the only way to measure progress. In its place, it has championed a new approach to development, which measures prosperity through formal principles of gross national happiness (GNH) and the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment.
For the past three decades, this belief that wellbeing should take preference over material growth has remained a global oddity. Now, in a world beset by collapsing financial systems, gross inequity and wide-scale environmental destruction, this tiny Buddhist state’s approach is attracting a lot of interest.”
Yes,a place where GDP measured in term of happiness,never heard like this ever.
“I want to be able to go out and see the world but then I want to come home to Bhutan and for it to be the same,” says Kunzang Jamso, a 15-year-old whose traditional dress is offset with a hint of a boyband haircut.”
No doubt Bhutan is facing challenges in terms of growth,technology,economic expansion but what’s the purpose of money,wealth,prosperity if we are not happy with our lives at least they have the most important of this world “HAPPINESS”