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Gross National Happiness

Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Valuing Nature

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The EPA had to do more inspecting to bolster its argument for Superfund designation and accidentally breeched a secret dam built inside the mine to hold back accumulated snowmelt, unleashing three million gallons of poisonous sludge.

Carolyn Gregoire

The World's Best (And Worst) Regions For Well-Being | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living

We tend to quantify a nation's success with measures like GDP, life expectancy and employment rates. Well-being, though it may be the most accurate me...

From Big Data to Deep Data

Otto Scharmer | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
Otto Scharmer

Over the past ten months I have chaired and co-facilitated MIT's IDEAS China program--a ten month innovation journey for a group of 30 or so senior Ch...

Gross Village Happiness

Zubin Sharma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Zubin Sharma

One year ago, Tamus Alam, a small farmer, donated a parcel of land for us to set up an educational center called SEEKHO in Bishanpur Village, Bihar. Upon donating the land, he said, 'what counts is what we do, not what we have.'

Denmark Was Chosen As The Happiest Country. You'll Never Guess Why.

Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going ...

The Prosperity/Well-being Conundrum

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

Is it more important to measure the distribution of income within a city, or the city's level of access to economic opportunity and mobility?

'Happy' the Documentary: Happy, the Life

Leslie Hendry | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Hendry

Isn't it time we updated our values on a national level, in a national conversation? Because when we're happy, we know we're doing the right thing. I have a feeling it's as easy as that.

Lessons From Ladakh: The Economics of Happiness

Ariel Bleth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I first heard of Ladakh in the early 1990s when anthropologist Helena Norberg-Hodge, on a book tour, spoke of her decade's worth of experiences in this remote region north of the Indian Himalayan range.

I Share a Dream for the Common Good

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Fifty
Donna Jean Freberg

Perfection is a hologram of a goal, but healthy change for the better -- a far better pursuit -- is much more likely when pursued as a community project: as a hands-joined, hearts united, common goal.

Celebrating the First World Happiness Day

John Helliwell | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
John Helliwell

March 20 was chosen by the United Nations, in June of 2012, not long after the first World Happiness Report was released, to be International Day of Happiness.

Happy Happiness Day!

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Happiness Day doesn't mean we've arrived at happiness, but it does mean that we've recognized that happiness is our goal -- and that our societies need to work harder to promote the things that really matter in the 21st century.

A Path To Guaranteed Happiness

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Compassionate service is a simple and always accessible path to happiness. It doesn't require years of mediation, practice, or great study. It requires that you open your heart and feel our common humanness, our inextricable interconnectedness, and see the sacredness of each of us.

Where To Find Supreme Happiness

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Given the current economic difficulties many people are facing, perhaps this is the perfect time to reassess what gives you happiness and how you express it -- to reconnect with the inner joy that made you either skip or run when you were younger -- for it is easy to forget to be happy

The Happiness Ticket

Meghan Keener | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Keener

We measure gross domestic product because we believe that the higher our GDP is, the better life will be in our country, and the happier we will be as citizens. The problem is GDP is not a good measurement of well-being.

Sustainable Happiness -- Lessons From Bhutan

Randy Taran | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

Even in the U.S., where the pursuit of happiness is written into the constitution, there are important lessons to learn. Here are some ideas that can increase your long-term happiness.

Growth Isn't Going to Last Forever

Andrew Winston | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

Aside from tiny Bhutan and their pursuit of Gross National Happiness, every country bases economic policy on the pursuit of endless GDP growth. But nothing can grow forever, and thus national goals alike have a sizable blind spot.

A Happy World Begins With a Happy You

Randy Taran | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

Happy people create happy communities who are dedicated to everyone thriving. These communities can then institute more caring policies that influence the well-being of a town, a state, or a country.

Measuring Happiness

The Morningside Post | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Morningside Post

The failure of our degrees to have the same value as 60 years ago reflects how in our current age, the Information Revolution has again changed the way society invests in its youth.

Bhutan: Evolution of the "Happy" Country

Catherine Cussaguet | Posted 04.14.2012 | Denver
Catherine Cussaguet

Traveling through Bhutan was eye-opening. As long as its traditions remain, not for the tourists but for the sake of the Bhutanese people, a visit to Bhutan will be a joyful, inspiring experience.

Buddhism And The End Of Growth

John Stanley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

It is increasingly obvious that natural limitations will soon force economic growth to cease. Buddhist teachings emphasize that this does not require a reduction in the quality of life.

America and the Pursuit of Happiness

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

With the world increasingly unstable and dangerous, the time has come to regain our balance and moderation. The mad pursuit of corporate profits is threatening us all.

The Debt Ceiling, Happiness and Bhutan

Linda Leaming | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Linda Leaming

Late at night, alone in the dark, we'll concede that happiness is the thing we want most. But happiness and a centered life elude us. Happiness is always the target, the reason we do what we do. But we seem to be shooting in the dark.

Former Prime Minister Of Thailand Talks 'Gross National Happiness'

Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact

When measuring the success of a country, many look to measure its GDP. What economics don't reveal, though, is where the country stands on a happiness...

Could Well-Being Become Our New Currency?

Marc Stoiber | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Marc Stoiber

Combine the limitations of a finite planet and dubious correlation between wealth and happiness, and you see we're overdue for a bit of a recalibration.