The term Gross National Happiness (GNH) first appeared in 1972 by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan. He was more concerned with Gross National Happiness than with Gross Domestic Product. Since then, the kingdom of Bhutan, with the support of UN Development Program (UNDP), began to put this concept into practice, and has attracted the attention of the rest of the world with its new formula to measure the progress of a community or nation.GNH is based on the idea that the calculation of “wealth” should consider other aspects besides economic development: the preservation of the environment and the quality of life of the people. The goal of a society should be the integration of material development with psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects, all in harmony with the Earth.

This is an article from The Standard article investigate the phenomenon of Gross National Happiness and how it might benefit New Zealand. Especially that New Zealand is ranked in the top 10 according to the latest GNH study.

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