Bhutan and GNH
GNH is how Gross National Happiness is referred to in the kingdom of Bhutan and a picture book, or a series of picture books, for children about GNH is the assignment given to me by the Secretary of Education of that country.
You might imagine that the subject - the desire on the part of the king and his government that happiness of all Bhutanese be of foremost importance - could be elusive. Afterall, happiness is pretty subjective.
If you imagine thusly, you would be right and wrong. You would be right in that I had no idea when I first arrived in the country how I would find evidence of GNH. You would wrong,though, in thinking happiness to be elusive in a country that is neither hurried or harried.
Bhutan appears to be a gentle country with the tenets of Buddhism as it's foundation. Kindness and respect for others and the enviroment in which one lives appear to be rich soil for happiness.