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Balancing expectations and happiness

I am very interested in Bhutan’s GNH. I will keep your articles for future references. Thanks so much for sharing!

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After two weeks living in Bhutan and a series of discussions with locals and policy experts working in the country, I can’t help but reflect on just how hard it is to implement the country’s governing philosophy, Gross National Happiness (GNH). The key challenge at hand in Bhutan is finding the right balance between GNH’s four foundational pillars: Sustainable and equitable socio-economic development; Conservation of the environment; Preservation and promotion of culture; and Good governance, the critical element that holds any country together.

GNH, as a philosophy in Bhutan dates back as far as 1972 when the fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, announced that Bhutan would pursue ‘happiness’ in its path towards development, rather than measuring progress merely through growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This philosophy has recently raised Bhutan’s profile on the international stage – touted as the ‘last Shangri-La’, inspiring work at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation…

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This entry was posted on September 24, 2012 by in Bhutan, Something interesting and tagged , , .
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