As a public policy, GNH development framework is based on the four pillars: Within these pillars, poverty eradicating forms an overarching objective. The preamble contains a pledge to enhance the unity, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Bhutan for all time and Article 9.2 states: “ Bhutan’s development efforts are based on GNH and the pursuit of the four pillars.
GNH and its four pillars are operationalized through the national development process.
The Gross National Happiness Commission was formed as the nodal agency to coordinate all policy formulation, monitoring and implementation of development plans and policies.
A GNH Policy Screening tool has been put in place since 2008 to screen all policies to ensure that they are GNH compatible.
A GNH Index has also ben developed to measure happiness of the people based on a holistic framework made up of 9 domains and 33 indicators.
Bhutan’s modest economic success, an intact environment and its smooth and successful transition to a democracy are the result of the development approach based on GNH.It includes an index which is used to measure the collective happiness and well-being of a population.Gross National Happiness is instituted as the goal of the government of Bhutan in the Constitution of Bhutan, enacted on 18 July 2008.The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced development in all the facets of life that are essential; for our happiness.We are in the age of the Anthropocene when the fate of the planet and all life is within the power of mankind.Today, it is inconceivable for modern society to function without the business of commerce, finance, industry or trade.These very factors are altering human destiny by the day in extraordinary ways, both positive and negative.Shortly after the High Level meeting, 20 March was declared to be International Day of Happiness by the UN in 2012 with resolution 66/28.GNH is distinguishable from Gross Domestic Product by valuing collective happiness as the goal of governance, by emphasizing harmony with nature and traditional values as expressed in the 9 domains of happiness and 4 pillars of GNH.If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box.Contact us if you experience any difficulty logging in.