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Gross National Happiness (GNH)

The concept of Gross National Happiness was already mentioned in the section on economic value, as an attempt to define an indicator that measures the quality of life in a more holistic way than its economic counterpart GDP. Bhutan’s former King Jigme Singye coined the term.


Gross National Happiness Index

“One of the most exciting ideas and not directly a theory is GNP practically implemented in one of the poorest, nevertheless spiritual and Buddhism country Bhutan. Their Gross National Happiness Index (GNH) is rooted deep into the traditional Dharma of Tibetan Buddhism, examining the mind through a deep understanding by practising (meditation, training the brain) than any other psychological study. Unfortunately, Western culture arrogance, extremely narrow sights, believes their way is the best and only way. Westerners create theories without practice is like lecturing a bird to fly. The profound ways meditation trains the mind transforms negative tendencies. You can read hundreds of books, however, without any action taken useless. The deep connection between man and nature explained in many texts.


Ego perception and desire

Humans are energy, materialised by the ego perception and desire, and while, interconnected by streams of energy fields. Invisible yet visible, humans are a part of nature, not superior compared other lifeforms, despite the glorification of humans in most religions We are sharing the same DNA and a part of the universe, not separated but interconnected. We never need to feel alone. However, not dwelling with the background and long tradition of Buddhism philosophies, the GHP made for the modern world, nevertheless, since GHP neglect GDP and alternative money free societies not profitable for the capitalist. Criticising Bhutan for other issues than GHP.


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Rooted deep into Buddhism

Bhutan is the only country taken this concept into the future as they already replaced Gross Nation Product with Gross National Happiness. The index contains 16 different parameters measuring the human well-being of the national population. What is essential is to find a way to live that puts less pressure on natural resources and at the same time maximises human well-being for the most significant number of people on Earth. GNP is without insulting the capitalist, a friendly and polite way, telling the whole story. Humans have have no other solution, Earth surely will go on without us, as intelligent as we might seem we are in fact, committing suicide and simultaneously knowing it? Recommended posts: Do we have a story crisis? Fourteen posts on the human and ecological crisis. Part Fourteen The brave new world without monetary measurements of human well-being


Gross Nation Happiness Bhutan GNH environment policies enabled through four key areas these are:

  1. Sustainable and equitable socio-economic developments
  2. Conservation of environment
  3. Preservation and promotion of culture
  4. Promotion of good governance

Domains of Gross National Happiness (GNH)

Psychological well-being
  • Emotional balance
  • Spirituality
  • General psychological stress
Health
  • Health status
  • Health knowledge
  • Barrier to Health
Community vitality
  • Family vitality
  • Safety
  • Reciprocity trust
  • Social support
  • Socialisation
  • Kindship density
Living standards
  • Income
  • Housing
  • Food security
  • hardship
Governance
  • Government performance
  • Freedom
  • Institutional trust
Environmental diversity
  • Ecological degradation
  • Ecological knowledge
  • afforestation
Culture
  • Dialect use
  • Traditional sport
  • Community festival
  • Artisan skill
  • Value transmission
  • Basic precept
Education
  • Education attainment
  • Dzongkha language
  • Folk & historical literacy
Time use
  • Sleeping hours
  • Walking hours

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