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Poorin Laopiyakittikul 6004640204 EE212 Word: 719 Should GNH (Gross National Happiness) ever replace GDP? In today world, goods and services are being with the economic progress of a country and the tool which can calculate these goods and services used by governments is the GDP or Gross national product. GDP is a measurement to measure how well of the economic with in the period of time. GDP is really only measure on one thing which is money. This indicator shows that the more goods and services produce the happier it will be. However, Gross National Happiness or GNH which was first developed in Bhutan by the 4th King of Bhutan is an indicator which explores material and non- material values. In other words, it uses to balance the economic with the spiritual ways to measure how well being of the people. In 2010 at Columbia University, Bhutan Prime Minister Thinley said about GNH “It is a holistic development paradigm to make human society resilient. It motivates an individual and society to consciously balance material wants with spiritual growth where in the needs of the body and those of the mind are addressed in equal measure with in a stable and sustainable environment”. In my perspective, GNH should be replaced with GDP. Firstly, the social emotional and spiritual factors cannot be measured by the GDP throughout the people in the nation. It does not account for individual prosperity and have exclusively appearance at the success of a country in a monetary sense. The GDP illustrated the economic output of a nation
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  • Spring '11
  • zhao
  • gross domestic product, National accounts, GNH

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