Politics and its Discontents: Bhutan – A Country That Has Its Priorities Straight

Sure, you may say that Bhutan is a small country, yet it seems to be punching well above its weight. It is the world’s first carbon-neutral country. Pity that, given our addiction to technology and bloated lifestyles, we likely think we have nothing to learn from them. A BRIEF PROGRAMMING NOTE: Taking a break to ...

Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Blogging about happiness may seem eccentric, but today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness, and happiness is good, so I thought it deserved a mention. The day was inspired by a speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave at a UN General Assembly meeting on Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. The ...

Bill Longstaff: Be happy! …today is International Happiness Day

Blogging about happiness may seem eccentric, but today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness, and happiness is good, so I thought it deserved a mention. The day was inspired by a speech Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave at a UN General Assembly meeting on Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. The ...

350 or bust: The Happiness Game

“The essence of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is the peace and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignity of our nation” The Centre For Bhutan Studies, http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com There’s  not much good news for a climate activist these days, other than the awakening of indigenous people around the world as IdleNoMore goes ...

Things Are Good: Gross National Happiness is a Good Thing

Bhutan is a small country with a big idea that can change the world. For many years now gross national happiness is how the country monitors its progress, which is the opposite to how other countries measure success (which is from the quantity of money exchanged). With a world population more knowledgable about environmental destruction ...

Things Are Good: Bhutan to go 100% Organic

Bhutan is an amazing little country that has banned cigarettes and measures its success not through the backwards-looking GDP but by Gross National Happiness. In another step to be the one of the friendliest to the environment, the Asian nation has now pledged to produce and consume only organic food! “We have developed a strategy ...