HAPPINESS : Transforming the Development Landscape

Thirty years ago, the Fourth King of Bhutan famously proclaimed that ―Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product, thereby setting Bhutan on a holistic development path. Following this historic declaration, Bhutan developed a Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index and screening tool to evaluate all new policies, proclaiming that:
―Gross National Happiness measures the quality of a country in more holistic way [than GNP] and believes that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other.
In July 2011, 68 nations joined Bhutan in co-sponsoring its UN General Assembly resolution on ―Happiness: Towards a Holistic Approach to Development.

A Compass Towards A Just and Harmonious Society: 2015 GNH Survey Report

The remainder of this report presents the findings of the 2015 Gross National Happiness (GNH) Survey, which collected information from across Bhutan on many aspects of Bhutanese people’s lives that relate to wellbeing measurement and analysis. The Survey was used to construct the 2015 GNH Index, and to compare levels and the composition of GNH across groups, and across the period 2010-2015.

His Majesty’s Address to the Nation on the Celebration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary

His Majesty’s Address to the Nation on the Celebration of His Majesty the Fourth DrukGyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary
༄༅། །མ་དབང་མངའ་བདག་རན་པོ་ཆའ་ཞབས་ལས་ ཡབ་ར་དམ་པ་མ་དབང་འབག་རལ་བཞ་པ་དགང་ལོ་༦༠ བཞས་པའ་འཁངས་སར་གནང་བའ་གསང་བཤད་གསར་ག་ཐགས་པ་བཞཊ་སོ།།

GNH WF Method and Optimization of GNH Resources

GNH Weightage Factor (WF) Method is a mathematical procedure useful in the following cases:

1. To identify relative importance (weightage) the surveyed population is knowingly/unknowingly attaching to each surveyed Domain while answering the Cantril Ladder Questionnaire (Subjective Happiness Survey).
2.To compute for every Domain optimum distribution of the current GNH budget and also of the added budget under various optimum allocation schemes.
3.To compute the extra GNH budget required to enhance the current GNH to the desired value and to calculate optimum distribution of the extra budget amongst different Domains.
4.To compute under various optimization schemes the new GNH number when the budget of some Domain(s) is changed by certain percentage.
5.To identify Paradigm Shift (PS) and Prime Movers of Happiness (PMH) situations in the available survey data.
6.To compute the change in GNH value when the surveyor uses his/her own WF numbers for the Domains.
7.To eliminate the effect of arbitrary nature of GNH Index procedure deciding “who is happy and who is not”.
8.To identify Cantril Ladder GNH part not explained by GNH Index procedure.