In 1972, the 4th King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, famously decided to measure the progress of his country by the happiness of its population, rather than by its economic growth (or wealth). He called it GNH - Gross National Happiness. And as the boom and bust cycles of the western economy took their toll, the world began to pay attention.
Almost fifty years later, people are increasingly aware that how well we are really doing depends on far more ‘esoteric’ factors than simply money in the bank. And to raise – and keep – our awareness of this fact, there is now an international ‘Day of Happiness’.