Gross National Happiness (Buthan) put in simple terms: Economic + Environmental + Physical + Mental + Workplace + Social + Political Wellness

Gross national happiness (GNH) was coined in 1972 by then Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. GNH is based on the premise that some forms of development are not measurable in monetary terms (a concept that is advanced by the nascent field of ecological economics) while conventional development models stress economic growth as the ultimate objective.

There is no exact quantitative definition of Gross National Happiness, but elements that contribute to it are subject to quantitative measurement. Med Jones, President of International Institute of Management, introduced an enhanced Gross National Happiness concept, treating happiness as a socioeconomic development metric. It tracks socioeconomic development in 7 areas:
– economic wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of economic metrics (consumer debt, average income to consumer price index ratio, income distribution, etc.);
– environmental wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of environmental metrics (pollution, noise, traffic, etc.);
– physical wellness: measurement of physical health metrics (severe illnesses, etc.);
– mental wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of mental health metrics (usage of antidepressants, rise/decline of psychotherapy patients, etc.);
– workplace wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of labour metrics (jobless claims, job change, workplace complaints and lawsuits, etc.);
– social wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of social metrics (discrimination, safety, divorce rates, complaints of domestic conflicts and family lawsuits, public lawsuits, crime rates, etc.);
– political wellness: measured by direct survey and statistical measurement of political metrics (quality of local democracy, individual freedom, and foreign conflicts, etc.).

Further information about Gross National Happiness are available on http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com/

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