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UN Declares 'Gross National Happiness' to supercede GDP and Bhutan tops New List

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« on: July 14, 2012, 10:20:40 am »

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2110914,00.html#ixzz20bv8AbYU
By AP / MICHAEL ASTOR Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012

(UNITED NATIONS) Should happiness figure in a nation's bottom line? And should the concept of Gross National Product be replaced by Gross National Happiness?

Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley told a high-level U.N. meeting Monday that it not only should but that it must if mankind is to avoid its current unsustainable and self-destructive course.

(MORE: What's the Happiest Country in the World? Not the United States)

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.

"The GDP-lead development model that compels boundless growth on a planet with limited resources no longer makes economic sense. It is the cause of our irresponsible, immoral and self-destructive actions," Thinley said. "The purpose of development must be to create enabling conditions through public policy for the pursuit of the ultimate goal of happiness by all citizens."

The conference titled "Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm," brought together hundreds of representatives of government including Costa Rican President Laura Chincilla academics and other civic leaders to discuss the issue. All endorsed the importance of happiness, though not necessarily Bhutan's proposed index.

Jeffery Sachs, a prominent development economist at Columbia University in New York who edited the World Happiness Report along with John Helliwell and Richard Layard, said that happiness could be achieved independent of economic well-being as measured by GNP. The report was released to coincide with the conference.

"GNP (gross national product) by itself does not promote happiness," Sachs told the conference. "The U.S. has had a three time increase of GNP per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn't budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income."
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Although wealthy nations like Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands lead the rankings of happiest countries while poor nations like Togo, Benin, Central African Republic and Sierra Leone ranked among the least happy, the report noted that social factors such as the strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom were more important than wealth.

Japan's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano told the conference this was certainly true in his own country.

"A number of recent studies have shown that, in many developed countries, including Japan, happiness is not proportional to economic wealth," Nakano said. "This finding, often called the 'Paradox of Happiness,' has given rise to international discussion on how to enhance individual well-being through government policies."

The report also listed a number of practical suggestions for governments to promote happiness among their citizens including helping people meet their basic needs, reinforcing social systems, implementing active labor policies, improving mental health services, promoting compassion, altruism and honesty, and helping the public resist hyper-commercialism.'

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Yeah, Forced Labour Policy, Mental health strategy, seems to fit. I'm so happy right now, I could blow my enemy's brains out, and FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT, For instance. How about promoting Altruism and Honesty amongst Political elitists, Leaders, Globalist Bankers and Military Expansionist War-Lords too?

What say UN? The Wild Beast!
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