“Gross National Happiness (GNH) acts as our national conscience guiding us towards making wise decisions for a better future. It ensures that no matter what our nation may seek to achieve, the human dimension, the individual’s place in the nation, is never forgotten. It is a constant reminder that we must strive for a caring leadership so that as the world and country changes, as our nation’s goals change, our foremost priority will always remain the happiness and wellbeing of our people – including the generations to come after us.”
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
From the United Nations Conference in April 2012, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley of Bhutan suggested that focusing on happiness worldwide is essential for sustainability of the world in the future. Last summer, the UN unanimously adopted a measure “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development,” as inspired by Bhutan’s GNH initiative.
This is Bhutan’s unique and innovative approach to planning the next stages of global development, using the four pillars of Gross National Happiness as organizing principles.
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