The Nation That Values Happiness Over Economics

The Bhutanese understand that well-being and happiness depend on a healthy environment. In July 2011, Bhutan introduced the only resolution it has ever presented at the United Nations. The country's position was "that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal" and "that the gross domestic product...does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people."

What's Canada's GNH -- Gross National Happiness?

In 1971, Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, rejected the idea of gross domestic product as the measure of progress. Instead, leaders focused on gross national happiness. Life expectancy in Bhutan has doubled over the past 20 years. Our leaders could brighten all our lives by considering what really makes our societies strong, healthy and happy.