Happiness is a Warm Government

In March, the Buddhist-inspired kingdom of Bhutan became a constitutional monarchy. Jigmi Y. Thinley, the country’s first democratically-elected leader, spoke to the Wall Street Journal and said he’ll continue to support the government’s renowned policy of “gross national happiness.”

Happiness is not hedonistic, he said, “it is not the kind of fleeting pleasures that we seek.” It has to do with “being able to balance material needs of the body and the spiritual needs of the mind.” Thinley thinks his people are happy if 4 conditions are present: equitable and sustainable growth; conservation of the economy and environment; cultural preservation and promotion; and good governance. Read the story here.

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