06 Jun '11, 9am

Our reader shares lessons from a recent visit to Bhutan, the land of happiness.

I JUST came back from a wonderful one-week vacation in Bhutan and was much impressed by the emphasis the Bhutanese government places on the natural environment and its people (''GDP not the sole measure of happiness''; May 28). Progress is not defined by economics alone but by the well-being of citizens as well. It is telling that policies do not centre around the gross domestic product (GDP) but rather the ingenious gross national happiness (GNH) index made up of four key pillars - promotion of equitable and sustainable socioeconomic development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of natural environment and good governance. For example, while tourism in Bhutan is the second most profitable revenue earner for this small, landlocked country, the government imposes a restriction on the number of tourists per year. This is to prevent a situation where...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_676548...

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straitstimes.com 28 May '11, 1am

NOW that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has seen the wisdom of a happiness index that me...