We all want to attain happiness as a personal goal, and each of us have our own way to process.
But nowadays, happiness has also an important role in different government policies. For example, Denmark is well known and got the first place in world happiness report! How can a government or an organisation contribute to individual joy as it is so/such a personal state of mind?
How these policies, thanks to indicators, manage to embody the happiness and give it a real meaning in the eyes of the worldGNH! Did you ever hear about this acronym? In the heart of the Himalayas, a country based his policy on happiness since 1972: Bhutan, with Gross National Happiness.
This is based on four very simple and factors:
- Environment’s protection: The objective is to attain 100% biological lifestyle in 2020
- Conservation and promotion of their own culture.
- A good governance
- And also a responsible and sustainable development.
On top of that, free health and national education are part of the Bhutanese system.
The main goal: find a balance where material and spiritual welfare coexist.
Success in the plan, for sure. But what about the individual results?
Some report was done recently, and CBS (Centre for Bhutanese studies), took in account 9 fields:
- Psychological wellbeing
- Time to use and balance
- Cultural diversity and resilience
- Good governance
- Community vitality
- And ecological diversity and resilience living standard
In 2015, it was shown that 83,45% of Bhutanese people are satisfied with health, and 83,62% of people are satisfied with work and life balance.
Are Bhutan inhabitant happier than other people in the world?
This question can’t be answered, but this unique process shows another way of life.
Bhutan have 700 000 inhabitants. On global scale, organization tried to measure happiness.
ONU is taking care of this happiness aspect by inviting members to “continue the development of complementary measures which take better account of happiness and wellbeing” in development to guide their public policies.
The resolution was supported by 68 countries and retained by all the member countries of United Nation.
20th march is now the international day of happiness.
Ban Ki Moon, the last Secretary General of United Nation, asked to mobilize scientist and data in order to make a landmark survey of the state of global happiness.
Since 2012, a World happiness report is made and classify country on “Joy’s rate” UAE is one of the 28th happiest country in the world in 2016 (“World happiness report”). As this report takes into account the GDP per capital, Bhutan is classified 84. Denmark, on the other hand, occupied the first place. ????
But how do we calculate the happiness of a person? World happiness report based their data on 7 factors.
Of course, happiness is related with health care and wellbeing!
Each culture is different and joy of individuals is more easy to calculate and help when you know the culture of the country.
Another interesting example came from United Arab Emirates! In Dubai, there is now a minister of happiness: Ohood Al Roumi. “Happiness is not only a pious wish in our country. There will be plans, projects, programs and indicators. That will be part of the work of all ministry. “
As evident, government can’t do this alone, they are receiving help from Institutions. Sumondo is in contact with government and other institutions to reduce stress, decrease health care costs. This will in turn increase happiness for people around the world.