Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Let's get happy

If you have not been to this site brought to you by the government of Bhutan, it's a must. The Gross National Happiness is intended as a replacement for gross national product, which the king of the country a few years ago found an awfully thin and materialistic measure of a country's health. Love it.

Of the 72 (!) factors quantified to calculate one's GNH , my faves include "number of persons per room" living in your house, "walking distance to healthcare centre," "you wish you were not part of your family," and "frequency of playing traditional games." Of course LGBC vets would be among the higher-scoring Americans on "number of days spent annually attending community festivals"...


Blogger Magglet said...

yeah, it's pretty amazing their philosophy on life. I think they recently just got "cable" tv a few years ago. I was floormates with the princess of Bhutan, and it was pretty awesome getting to know her and hearing about her family...

4:26 PM  
Blogger Lomagirl said...

I've heard of this measurement before. It's so non consumerist! I'm glad to have the link.

1:15 PM  

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