Gross National Happiness

October 10, 2005  

A recent New York Times article raises the question, “What is happiness. In the United States and in many other industrialized countries, it is often equated with money.” The article continues with an idea of the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan: Gross National Happiness. “The goal, according to many involved in this effort, is in part to return to a richer definition of the word happiness, more like what the signers of the Declaration of Independence had in mind when they included ‘the pursuit of happiness’ as an inalienable right equal to liberty and life itself.”

Read the article. Then ask yourself what your measure(s) of happiness would be.

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