Among the wonderful books that Laurie gave me for Christmas was a delightful one by Madeline Drexler called “A Splendid Isolation, Lessons on Happiness from the Kingdom of Bhutan.” It is very short but talks about Bhutan and their constitutional requirement that “The State shall strive to promote those circumstances that will enable the successful pursuit of Gross National Happiness (GNH).” They do a survey every five years to determine how they are doing. In the 2015 survey 91.2% of people in Bhutan were in one of the top 3 levels listed below. Their average happiness was at 75.6%, which is in the Extremely Happy Range.
While we could not find a place to take their actual survey on GNH, we found this survey where you can take a similar survey and see how your happiness comes out.
Then you can see where that puts you on the Bhutan scale. If you score 77-100 percent, that’s Deeply Happy; 66-76 is Extremely Happy; 50-65 is narrowly happy; and 0-49 is unhappy. So in 2016 you can look at the areas you are most happy and celebrate. You can also look at places you are less happy and see what you can do to improve it. Have fun with the survey and be happy!