“The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India.”
Bhutan follows Tantric Buddhism as its official religion and it is the only country in the world to do that. Because of this, the Bhutan government believes that every citizen’s pursuit of happiness is its main goal. Even the country’s constitution has this goal enshrined in the article 9. You believe or not, but every person in this country is asked one question all the time, which is “Are You Happy?” It is a part of the census of their population.
What Does The Ministry Of Happiness In Bhutan Do?
Bhutan is a country where the government keeps a record of happy people. They actually go and ask the individuals if they are happy, and make a record of it. In the census carried out in 2015, apparently around 35% of the population answered ‘extremely happy’, 47.9% stated that they felt ‘moderately happy’, and roughly about only 8.8% of respondents said they were ‘unhappy’.
Usually, a country’s wellbeing is measured in gross domestic product or GDP, but in Bhutan, it is measured in Gross National Happiness. Hence, happiness of the people of this country, is regarded as the top national priority. Probably this is the reason why, this government has also established a Ministry of Happiness, like no other country in the world.
Life In Bhutan
Bhutan is a unique place by all means. It is far less affects by the global problems such as crime, terrorism, and hunger. People live a prosperous life, with contention.
They generally don’t suffer from the ravages of war or extreme poverty. Moreover, the Bhutanese people are very warm and welcoming. They seem to be untouched by the obsession for modern technology and have preserved their cultural heritage quite well.
Most of the people in this happy country are vegetarians as it is illegal to kill the animals. In addition, the import of chemical fertilisers is not allowed in this country, so all the crops are grown in the most natural form possible, with natural fertilisers and minimal to no chemicals.
Another interesting fact about this country and the Bhutanese is, they are the people favouring green Earth in a real sense. The cutting of trees and deforestation is just not allowed here. This country believes in purity and enlightenment. Moreover, they try to grow more and more trees.
It is a poorly mapped-out kingdom in the world today, and has not developed to that level. But, this county is apparently a big nature reserves with an absolutely amazing collection of fauna and flora. They have been able to manage the preservation of their heritage and biodiversity as hunting is illegal and there is almost no deforestation.
Although the Bhutanese have a lower access to modern technologies and infrastructure developments, they are still leading a happier life than most of the countries and are content in whatever they have.