“Happy children, happy country”
Photo by LAI Ryanne
We have just had the UN International Women’s Day (8th March) and we have yet to celebrate UN World Water Day (22nd March) but today our focus is upon the first ever UN International Day of Happiness.
This day has come about in part through the philosophy of Jigme Thinley, Prime minister of Bhutan (the Land of the Thunder Dragon) and Jigme Singye Wangchuck , the former King of Bhutan. Jigme Thinley blamed the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 on “ greed, insatiable human greed”. The move away from measuring national wealth and progress entirely upon economic considerations inspired the Bhutan idea of a measurement of Gross National Happiness, which encourages “the peace, and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignty of the nation”.
So I hope you enjoy the day, and spread a little happiness today.