Value your culture
C entre for Bhutan Studies (CBS) and GNH Research organized a one-day introductory workshop on Gross National Happiness (GNH) for the journalists to create awareness on the concept, practice and measurement of GNH.
GNH with nine domains and 33 indicators as the developmental philosophy that believes that development should be followed by value.
His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who is the founder of Gross National Happiness said that GNH is more important than Gross National Product (GNP).
Provisional Findings of 2015 GNH survey showed an increase in most of the indicators, but at the same time some indicators saw negative result.
All living standard indicators like income, housing and assets of people increased, but giving time and money to community has decreased.
This shows that people have become rich in terms of money but their willingness to give have decreased, so will there be any use of increase in income?
Looking at the result of dzongkhag ranking by GNH index it shows that Gasa dzongkhag has the highest GNH index of 0.087.
This result shows that in order to be happy one need not have all the comforts and wealths in their life or in their community. Gasa is one of the remote dzongkhag in the country but in terms of happiness it is in the lead.
If we measure happiness by the development, than Gasa might come in last but the GNH, which is the unique philosophy measures values and happiness of people.
Similarly, the highest significant change was seen in Samdrup Jongkhar where happiness increased by 13 percent and least was seen in Dagana dzongkhag which saw a decrease in GNH index by nine percent.
From the nine domains, noticeable changes occurred in community vitality and health.
The percentage contribution of the community vitality domain has decreased from 12.40 percent in 2010 to 11.56 percent in 2015.
However, health contribution has improved from 12.88 percent to 1.21 percent. This shows that as the country embarks its way toward development with values, people are provided with better facilities to maintain their health.
The 2015 GNH index value is 0.756 compared to 2010 GNH index of 0.743 percent. The overall result of the 2015 GNH Survey report showed an increase in GNH index which tells us that the country’s development and people’s happiness is increasing simultaneously.
The sense of belonging has also decreased along with the decrease in Driglam Namzha (code of etiquette).
The unique Driglam Namzha culture that was profounded by Zhabdrung Ngawag Namgyel is degrading. It seems like people valuing this unique culture is decreasing yearly.
If it continues to be the same than what will be the future of our country?