Which is the Happiest Country in the World?
Can you ever imagine that a small country with a small population tucked in Himalayan Mountains, only accessible by two planes is deemed “Happiest Country” in the World? But it is the Happiest Country in the World.
It is not only that but it is also the fastest growing GDP in the world.
Bhutan is the last standing Buddhist Kingdom in the World and have been avoiding globalization and staying isolated from the world for a long period of time.
But over the past decade or so globalization has begun to change Bhutan, yet things remain perfectly balanced. In recent years, internet, cable television, cell phones, modern technologies etc. have become a part of Bhutan, but their desire to preserve of cultural values and the environment remains a priority.
Bhutan is the only country in the world that has a ‘Gross National Happiness Index.’ In short GNH, you might think is just another statistically term and has no practical application but that is not the case.
But, What exactly is Gross Happiness Index?
Gross National Happiness (also known by the acronym: GNH) is a developing philosophy which is used to measure the collective happiness in any specific nation.
The process of measuring GNH began in Bhutan when it opened up to globalization. It measures people’s quality of life and makes sure that both material and spiritual development happen together. Bhutan has done an amazing job of finding a right balance.
Bhutan has continually been ranked as the happiest country in all of Asia, and the eighth Happiest Country in the world according to Business Week.
Bhutan has one of the stable ecosystems in the world and has virtually no environmental damage due to the fact that it's been living in isolation for so long. The restrictions on tourism have helped Bhutan to protect its natural resources have let it preserve its beautiful landscapes and Culture.
In 2008, in Bhutan’s first democratic election were held, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was elected president of Bhutan. He promised to protect Gross National Happiness of the country.
Jigme himself is no stranger to globalization, coming from the really good educational background he now helps Bhutan to maintain the balance between one's cultural values and traditions while benefiting their economy.
This shows that size and location of the country are not the factors to be considered. Many countries in this world are larger countries than Bhutan and geographically at a good location. But still, people of these countries are not happy enough.
This should inspire us to be more positive and determined about life and achieve the Happiness just like People of Bhutan.