There’s a wonderful country out there that actually has a Ministry of Happiness
Bhutan is the world’s only country where tantric Buddhism is the official religion. As a result, the government believes that every citizen’s pursuit of happiness is its main goal. This goal is actually enshrined in article 9 of the country’s constitution.
This is why every single person in the country gets asked the question ’’are you happy?’’ as part of the census of the population. In the last census carried out in 2015, 35% of the population answered ’extremely happy’, 47.9% said they felt ’moderately happy’, and only 8.8% of respondents said they were ’unhappy’.
In Bhutan, the concept of gross domestic product does not exist. Instead, a more relevant indicator of the country’s well-being is applied, called gross national happiness. Thus, happiness is considered to be a top priority of national policy. The government of Bhutan has even established a Ministry of Happiness, which no other country has ever had before.
By all accounts a unique place, Bhutan is far less affected by such global problems as hunger and crime. People live a contented life there, without experiencing the ravages of war or extreme poverty. The Bhutanese people are very open and welcoming; they’re not obsessed with modern technology, and they have preserved their unique cultural heritage.
It’s against the law to kill animals there, and thus most of the population are vegetarians. Importing chemical fertilizers is forbidden, so all the crops which are grown there are completely free of harmful substances.
Another interesting aspect of life in Bhutan is that its forests are not cut down — in fact, its citizens are always trying to grow more trees. This is truly a country of purity and enlightenment.
Today, Bhutan remains a poorly mapped-out land; its huge southern and central territories are not developed at all — instead they are essentially just big nature reserves with an absolutely amazing collection of fauna and flora.
Bhutan has been able to retain almost all of its natural resources for quite simple reasons: hunting is forbidden, and there is almost no deforestation. The kingdom is able to provide food and clothing for itself.
We here at Bright Side think that out of all the wonderful and beautiful countries out there in the world, without a doubt Bhutan is the one we could learn so much from in terms of living happy, positive, contented lives. We can’t wait to visit!