Bhutan is reputedly the happiest country in the world, due to its measuring of Gross National Happiness. Now the small Himalayan Kingdom wants to spread happiness to the United Nations.

Last week a non-binding resolution was adopted by the General Assembly that aims to include happiness as an indicator of development. Bhutan started lobbying for this resolution 10 months ago, and was facing quite some scepticism at first. Eventually 66 members voted for the resolution, including the UK.

The idea of the resolution is based on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness, which measures quality of life by trying to strike a balance between the material and the spiritual. Every member state is invited to add their own measures of happiness to the UN’s development agenda.

Bhutan’s ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk admitted is vision is Utopian, but “if you don’t have a dream you’ll have nothing to work on”. He also suggested many of the UN diplomats were overworked and needed to make better use of their time to be happier.

 

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