GNH Institute - Gross National Happiness Institute - Happiness Movement - Happiness Economics - GNH Index
Gross National Happiness


GNH Home | Happiness MovementHappiness Research Library | About Us


GNH Institute

Welcome to the GNH Institute,

On 19 July, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly issued resolution 65/309 calling on member states to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well-being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development. A year later, on July 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which decreed the observation of the "International Day of Happiness" every year on the 20th of March to recognize the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal socioeconomic development goals. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

The Gross National Happiness (GNH) institute's mission is to inform policy makers, educators and civic leaders on socioeconomic development issues that impact the wellbeing and happiness of their citizens.

What is Happiness?

A broad spectrum of scientific, political and theological institutions have striven to define happiness and identify individual and community issues that impact the human well-being.

In the scientific research community, the term happiness has evolved over the years to become synonymous with well-being. The scientific definition of happiness is contrasted with the commercialized definition of happiness as a hedonic pursuit or pleasure.

The GNH institute defines happiness as a state of subjective and objective well-being.

Well-being is a healthy  psychological and physical state (of an individual or a community) that is able develop and manage change and associated stress.

  • The mental well-being is characterized by healthy and positive thoughts and emotions such as satisfaction, pleasure, delight and joy.
  • The physical well-bring is characterized  by healthy and positive biological, environmental, economic and political conditions.

At the GNH Institute, our goal is to research and identify the sources of happiness (well-being) and  causes of unhappiness (mental and physical stress) in modern life,  spread awareness, and promote public policy debate on the issues that impact socioeconomic development agendas.

We will achieve our goal through public awareness campaigns and the support of the science and education of happiness at schools, universities and government institutions. We are committed to helping people and policy makers learn and practice the skills and development approaches that promote individual and societal happiness and well being.

The institute invites scholars, scientists, researchers, thinkers and authors to share their work, stories, reports, books, and articles on happiness and well-being. We hope that the collective body of work will help individuals, communities, cities and state governments to develop new policies to achieve greater happiness and well-being of their citizens.

The institute membership is free and open to biological, psychological, economic, social, religious, environmental and philosophical researchers, media journalists, bloggers, civic and political leaders and individuals from around the world. To learn more, please visit the Happiness Movement



Related pages:




Creative Common License

Creative Common License - Happiness Institute - Gross National Happiness - GNH Index