Most countries today are focused on the development and progression of their nations. That’s why they always watch their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the happiest nation in the world looks after the happiness of its people.
The country that we’re talking about is the nation of Bhutan or the “Land of the Dragon”, located in the Eastern Himalayan mountains of South China.
Like we’ve said, Bhutan prioritizes the happiness of its citizens over economic growth. That’s why we can say that they are the happiest nation in the world.
In fact, they have this index to measure the happiness rate of their country which they call “Gross National Happiness (GNH)”.
Certainly, the GNH index is more important for Bhutan than its GDP. Moreover, they are using this index to emphasize different traits of wellbeing and different ways of fulfilling underlying human needs.
“Our country is unique than the other nations in the world. As well as our democracy. The people are grounded strongly with our national values,” said Bhutan Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering, who took office in 2018.
On the other hand, the Gross National Happiness index was first devised by the 4th King of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in 1972. He even stated that “Gross National Happiness is far more important than GDP.”
Above all, the concept he wants to imply is the sustainable development of a holistic approach towards notions of progress and have equal important to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.
Bhutan is indeed the happiest nation of the world as they prioritize the happiness or the wellbeing of their citizens.