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Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

Everyone who visits Bhutan senses a different atmosphere from the moment he or she arrives.
Everyone who visits Bhutan senses a different atmosphere from the moment he or she arrives.PHOTO: AFP

The loud message, ultimately, is that human development needs a higher goal - beyond GDP

People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan's human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

But what they actually portray is different people's perceptions of GNH. Some are philosophical, some are well researched academic constructions, and some are spaced-out theories.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 27, 2019, with the headline 'Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way '. Print Edition | Subscribe