GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS (GNH)
"A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON DEVELOPMENT IN EDUCATION
February 24th – 27th 2018
Gross National Happiness in Education and Business: from personal reflection to organizational change
Happiness has been a fascinating topic in the last decade. Bhutan, known as one of the happiest nations
in the world, has reflected its development based on Gross National Happiness Index, in which monetary measure is not as crucial as the nation’s general happiness and wellbeing.
The workshop on “Gross National
Happiness (GNH): “A new perspective on development in Education and Business” happened in February 24th – 27th 2018 at the Museum of Muong’s Cultural Space in Hoa Binh province, Vietnam. During the 3-day workshop,
3 main subjects were delivered:
- A concise introduction of the GNH framework
- Ways how to apply GNH for personal reflection
- Ways how to apply
GNH for organizational change
The workshop lead by Dr. Tho Ha Vinh, Chairman of Eurasia Foundation & Association, Eurasia Learning Institute (ELI), Bhutan Former GNH’s Program Director. It was organized
by ELI with the logistic support of TOHE team.
Getting to know Gross National Happiness
All human beings aspire to be happy,
and as the philosopher Aristoteles is often cited to have said:
“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”.
motto of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: “Independence, Freedom, Happiness”. Dr. Tho adds this quote that “we must first understand the suffering and the causes of suffering” in order to be happy.
was the start of the workshop. Dr. Tho suggested that suffering happens because of our separation from our true being, from others and from nature. They are called the Spiritual Divide, the Social Divide and the Natural Devide, respectively.
This suffering, considered as the challenges of our time, leads to the introduction of Gross National Happiness framework. 4 pillars were introduced as the medicine for the illness of our time: environmental conversation, cultural & spiritual
preservation, good governance and equitable & sustainable economic growth. They create main structure of the GNH paradigm.
These pillars were expanded to 9 domains, which are the indicators of the framework such as living
standards, psychological wellbeing, education, time use, health, ecological conservation and resilience, cultural preservation and resilience, community vitality and good governance. These 9 domains are equally weighted and carry the same level of importance
to estimate the citizens’ contentment.