Happiness on Earth March 20th, 2018 – Posted in: Bhutan, Uncategorized

On 20th March 2018, the international community celebrates the World Happiness Day for the sixth time. Initiated by Bhutan the UN introduced this day in 2013.

The World Happiness Day emphasizes the fact that everyone has a right to be satisfied. But what is happiness and how do you measure it? There are many articles, researches and indices. Bhutan, for example, measures its national well-being as Gross National Happiness. Unlike the gross national product, this indicator measures not only the material wealth of the population, but also the integrity of the environment, the access to spiritual sites, the active community life and also how satisfied people are with their government’s performance.

In the western world, too, there are now more and more indices representing the well-being of a population. The latest edition of the World Happiness Report, published by the UN, compares 155 countries. One core statement is that money alone does not make people happy. As soon as basic needs are met, the drivers of happiness are e.g. health and an intact community life. On national level, the factors of justice and low inequalities between different social classes are particularly important. Therefore, top rankers are not the USA (14), the country with the highest per capita income, or China (79), the country with the highest growth, but Norway, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. Germany only holds 16th place.

But these are all just numbers. Our personal happiness is everyone’s own responsibility. Happiness is not heaven sent but hard work based on shared values such as love, compassion, respect or gratitude.

The Bhutan House team wishes you all happiness on earth. Just be happy by making others happy and not only on this day.