Taking cues from Bhutan, the British got the ball of happiness rolling: "Slowly, GNH caught on. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair established an unofficial Department of Happiness, directing his advisers to explore how findings from the “science of happiness” can help shape policy."
"The traditional measure of a nation’s wealth, Gross Domestic Product, is woefully inadequate, Sarkozy declared, and promptly ordered French bureaucrats to take into account factors such as quality of life, the environment and (gasp!) vacation time. What the world needs, Sarkozy said in so many words, is not Gross National Product but Gross National Happiness."
Is it time to move? Or will this idea journey to the U.S.?
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(A lovely view of Bhutan, from TravelChannel.com/iStockPhoto)