10 Apr '12, 6pm

How Happy Is Bhutan, Really? Gross National Happiness Unpacked

How Happy Is Bhutan, Really? Gross National Happiness Unpacked

If you haven't already read, in the run-up to the Rio+20 environmental conference (the event roughly six weeks away now) the UN has been highlighting the importance of moving beyond GDP as the end-all-be-all measurement of national progress. Towards that it's highlighting the World Happiness Report , with the research done by the folks at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Hidden away at the end of that report (the entirety of which is worth reading, for those of the appropriately wonky inclination), is a case study of Bhutan and its development of the Gross National Happiness metric. Here at TreeHugger we've mentioned this many times, in cataloguing all the better and greener ways of measuring the economy than GDP , and GNH has a certain cache within the green movement and social justice movement more broadly. But I imagine for every hundred people who know that Bhuta...

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