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Happiness is serious business in Bhutan

Bhutan has maintained its status as a place like no other — partly by making happiness a national priority.Bhutan’s development policy is called the “Gross National Happiness” (GNH), a concept coined by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck , the hereditary fourth King of Bhutan in the year 1969. GNH, rather than being used as a tool for economic development it’s more of holistic approach to development than Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Gross National Happiness is based on the Buddhist philosophy of the “Middle path,” trying to balance spiritual as well as materialistic needs. While modern and conventional policy of development stresses more on production and economic growth as the ultimate objective, where as the concept of Gross National Happiness is based on development of human society.