High-level Meeting on Happiness and Well-being - Media review

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What started in Bhutan is coming to a government near you

Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan nation which tops Asia in the United Nations' First World Happiness Report, convened the meeting seeking to develop a new economic model based on principles of happiness and well being.

Seeking Happiness on a Finite and Human-Shaped Planet (New York Times 02.04.2012)‎ As Ryback explains, the meeting was approved in a UN resolution last year recognizing that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and “the gross domestic product [GDP] does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of peopl.

Is Happiness More Important than GDP? (The Takeaway 02.04.2012)

Today the United Nations will discuss happiness.

By Michael Astor AP AP Should happiness figure in a nation's bottom line?

The feelgood factor has not yet reached the leader of Bhutan, the country that brought the world the National Happiness Index. But the Himalayan kingdom's campaign to put gross national happiness alongside gross domestic product is starting to sway ...

UN assembly raises the happiness economics to new heights (Rappler 01.04.2012)‎ Happiness research is now one of the hottest fields in development economics, thanks to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index (GNH), which replaces the traditional Gross National Product (GDP) as gauge of national progress.

The faster we cut down forests and haul in fish stocks to extinction, the more GDP grows.

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