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Maximising happiness in Bhutan

In Bhutan, as Peter Singer points out, maximising happiness is not just an empty slogan – it is a serious objective. There are conceptual issues of course – whether you aggregate net sensory pleasures or life achievements – but the somewhat vague idea is being increasingly well articulated and pursued by public policies.

1 comment to Maximising happiness in Bhutan

  • My students from Bhutan told me “It’s mostly GDP” – in other words there are good intentions but it’s questionable how much in the end development policy differs from standard development policy elsewhere. I don’t know which is the truth.

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