GNH Today

GNH is a holistic and sustainable approach to development which aims to strike a balance between material and non-material values, prioritizing the happiness and well-being of humans and all life. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced form of development encompassing a range of domains each of which makes a vital contribution to our happiness.

Since the time of the fourth King’s declaration in 1972, GNH has been Bhutan’s guiding development philosophy with substantial steps being taken since 2000 to define, explain and even measure GNH. Surveys have been done (2007 & 2012), an Index has been created and Screening Tools developed to act as a practical compass for policy making. At its most subtle level, GNH expresses a shift in consciousness regarding how we see ourselves in relation to others and to the world around us.