A Short Guide to GNH Index

Bhutan’s GNH Index is a multidimensional measure and it is linked with a set of policy and programme screening tools so that it has practical applications. The GNH index is built from data drawn from periodic surveys which are representative by district, gender, age, rural-urban residence, etc. Representative sampling allows its results to be decomposed at various sub-national levels, and such disaggregated information can be examined and understood more by organizations and citizens for their uses. In the GNH Index, unlike certain concepts of happiness in current western literature, happiness is itself multidimensional – not measured only by subjective well-being, and not focused narrowly on happiness that begins and ends with oneself and is concerned for and with oneself. The pursuit of happiness is collective, though it can be experienced deeply personally. Different people can be happy in spite of their disparate circumstances and the options for diversity must be wide.

The GNH Index is meant to orient the people and the nation towards happiness, primarily by improving the conditions of not- yet-happy people. We can break apart the GNH Index to see where unhappiness is arising from and for whom. For policy action, the GNH Index enables the government and others to increase GNH in two ways.


Provisional Findings of 2015 GNH Survey

This report provides preliminary findings of the 2015 GNH Survey while a full report is being prepared. The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research (CBS) carried out the survey between January and May 2015 with funding from the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The survey is designed to collect data on range of indicators on wellbeing and happiness.

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2015 GNH Survey Report

The Third Gross National Happiness (GNH) Survey was conducted from January to May 2015 with financial support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The GNH Survey presents a great detail of information on various aspects of Bhutanese people’s lives that are pertinent to wellbeing measurement and analysis. It can be used to generate policy recommendations, as well as to inform different institutions on the achievements and issues in their areas or sectors of operation. The 2015 GNH Survey used a sample of 7,153 people aged 15 years and above. A four-stage stratified random sampling method was adopted for the survey. For the first time, 29.9 percent of the interviews was conducted using tablets [Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI)] with the support from the World Bank.

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