Bhutan, the United Nations, and Gross National Happiness

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Bhutan, the United Nations, and Gross National HappinessForty years ago, the King of Bhutan, a Himalayan country of less than a million people, suggested that "happiness" should replace economic output as a measure of human advancement. Last week, his grandson – the current king – led a UN conference on "Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm." Which are the "happiest" countries? Who decides? What are the obstacles to reaching the UN's new goal?

Credits

Guests:
John de Graaf - Happiness Initiative, John Helliwell - University of British Columbia, Sonja Lyubomirsky - University of California, Riverside, Lisa Napoli - KCRW arts reporter and producer - @lisanapoli

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal