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There is a small country in South Asia—Bhutan—where the government measures its success based on the collective happiness of its population.
The Bhutanese government has officially dubbed the measurement the Gross National Happiness Index.
Economics. Education. Health care. Crime.
These are all factors in much the same way most of the developed nations evaluate the state of things. Bhutan simply frames things differently. Bhutan’s government exists to create an environment for its citizens where they can pursue happiness. Not temporary measures to feel good. Not drugs. Not sex. Not alcohol. Not amusement parks. Not quick-hit entertainment. Not fake happy.
But, real happy. Long-term contentment.
The Gross National Happiness Index measures:
1. Psychological wellbeing
3. Time use
5. Cultural diversity and resilience
6. Good governance
7. Community vitality
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