...the then king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuc declared his aim of not just increasing the gross domestic product of his country, but also the "gross national happiness". That year, 1972, had the same numbers as the year 1729 when Bhutan was given its original governance code that declared: "if the government cannot create happiness for its people, there is no purpose for the government to exist." [emphasis added]Read it at Asia Times Online
Bhutan's happiness index goes global
By Raja Murthy
This is turning into a big deal as a counter to neoliberalism. It's going to be a rising trend as the emerging nations step onto the stage and confront the neoliberal powers that be of the West. It is also a rising trend in the progressive element of Western societies.