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Forum Post: Gross national happiness ~ Bhutan

Posted 9 months ago on July 13, 2013, 9:42 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world

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.

As world leaders prepare to meet in Doha on Monday for the second week of the UN climate change conference, Bhutan’s stark warning that the rest of the world is on an environmental and economical suicide path is starting to gain traction. Last year the UN adopted Bhutan’s call for a holistic approach to development, a move endorsed by 68 countries. A UN panel is now considering ways that Bhutan’s GNH model can be replicated across the globe.

more: http://www.climatesouthasia.org/gross-national-happiness-in-bhutan-the-big-idea-from-a-tiny-state-that-could-change-the-world/

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[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 9 months ago

The Top 5 Prosperity Measuring Sticks More Accurate Than GDP -

Genuine Progress Indicator

Quality of Life Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index

The Happy Planet Index 2.0

Human Development Index

http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/05/04/the-top-5-prosperity-measuring-sticks-more-accurate-than-gpd/