GNH – Gross National Happiness: an attempt to define – with a little sarcasm and irony, but yet with evident sociologic intents – a life standard on the lines of GDP Gross Domestic Product.
It is a concept created in 1972 but has only recently got spread. Jigme Singye Wangchuck, which was Buthan’s king in those years, was interrogated in England about the economic situation of his country, answer in a way that no one would have ever imagined could have, almost 50 years later, that big of an impact on the world.
Who would have thought that a speech during the 70’s from a small, and far away, country could still have all this impact in our lives? Buthan, a small State located near Nepal, India and China, since 2008 has start adopting GNH. The GNH index is a holistic approach to measure the happiness and wellbeing of the Bhutanese population. This index uses criteria such as air quality, mental and physical health, the instruction and wellbeing of social relations.
All things we don’t even hear of here in Western countries.
It looks like getting an healthy and genuine life style back has become the majority’s need. Everyday we listen stories about people that, tired of living a life at 100km/h without having real time available for themselves, leave everything and start traveling and enjoying a new kind of life. Maybe because being economically poor doesn’t necessary mean you’re less rich.
Going back to what we were previously saying, you need to know that, based on GDP, Buthan is one of the poorest countries of the world. If we analyze the GNH instead, it becomes the happiest nation in the whole Asian continent and the 8th of the entire world. This serves as a testimony that it all depends on our point of view of things.
A lot has happened since 1972. Studies have stated that, GNH doesn’t promote a demotion nor condemns technological and economical development. On the contrary, it considers each and every one of these aspects while at the same time it pays particular attention to improving instruction, protecting the environment and guaranteeing the right development and the safeguard of local communities. Every state should considerate, then, both GNH and GDP and also adapt their governance goals to both indexes’ development. The sum of all these indexes should really be the actual country’s wellbeing.
How to guide a nation using the GNH index.
This index bases itself on 4 fundamental pillars:
- Sustainable Socio-economic Development
- Preservation and Promotion of Culture
- Environmental Conservation
- Good governance
As of today, we hear more and more stuff about this, but what countries are really taking into it account ?
A wish for our future.
We don’t know about you but here at MAISONLOOg we believe that GNH is a great solution. In a world that thinks economics and finances are the everything, where forests disappear, the air becomes more and more unbreathable and local communities become limited to certain areas only, to bet on happiness, the wellbeing, the authenticity and diversity that everyone can benefit from, seems to be the right way to follow.
To make it possible for both GNH and GDP to develop in pure harmony, so that no one has to feel the need to move out of their homeland to look for better opportunities.
Sounds like an utopia?
It may be.
But let us believe that the whole world, one day, will become like that small but precious country surrounded only by mountains and rivers that goes by the name of Buthan and that, we like to imagine, smiles a lot.
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