March 09, 2010

Gross National Happiness (Not)

A few students in the capital, who lived within walking distance from school, but would rather have their parents chauffeur them to school in a car, have now begun walking.

Some have started picking up rubbish they find along the way and throwing them in a bin and stopped carrying plastic bags to schools.

Many others are insisting their friends and family members join them in a daily five-minute meditation and mindfulness session every morning and evening.

These were some of the initiatives, 16 class 12 students from various schools in Thimphu informed the prime minister about when they were asked what they understood and observed from the GNH (Gross National Happiness) workshops and the initiatives they took in their respective schools.

Doing things one would rather not do and spending five minutes twice a day in "mindfulness" sessions? If happiness is properly measured, Bhutan may well be in recession.

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