We all know that 'knowledge is power'; education qualification is found by research, to positively impact the quality of life as experienced by people. Usually, individuals withliteracy skills and high education, are more likely to have a high standard of living,compared to people without.
We as a species live in communities. It is therefor self evident that the quality of life of our community will influence the quality of our life. Specific dimensions of communityliving like volunteering and giving, social cohesion, safety, family life and duration of stay in the community, can provide good insight in the level of vitality of communities,which translates into level of life quality.
Cultural Diversity and Resilience
The significance of cultural diversity is internationally recognized and is one of thespearheads of the UNESCO policies. Its resilience is also very important, as it shows theculture's capacity to maintain and develop cultural identity, knowledge and practices,and to overcome challenges and difficulties from other norms and ideals.
Time is an extremely important resource for everybody. As we have only 24 hours in aday, we constantly juggle to find the time to do all the things that are on our busyagendas. This juggling gives us high stress. High stress leads to negative healthconsequences and decline in wellbeing.So how do we know then who is happy? From the indicators of these 9 domains, aweighted measurement of happiness will follow. In this perspective, 'happiness'comprises having sufficient achievements in 6 out of the 9 domains. In practice, theBhutan GNH Index looks for achievement in 66% of the weighted indicators, whichever domains they belong to. This allows for diversity in several ways. For example, not allindicators are relevant to all people; also, every person may not need sufficiency in100% of the indicators to be happy as they may focus on some areas in their lives andfinally, if a person has a core of achievement, he or she may may be able to compensateinternally for other deficits.The beauty of this system is not only that it shows whether people are happy in acountry, but that it can also serve as a guide to change or develop new policies, directedto make people happier in certain areas, as the surveys will show where people arelacking in wellbeing. In this way, the government can be really for the people!Of course now we want to know whether or not the people in Bhutan are happy?