8 Ways Bhutan Is Far Better Than Any Other Country In The World

8 Ways Bhutan Is Far Better Than Any Other Country In The World

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The Himalayan country of Bhutan is not like it’s neighbours in the Asia; it certainly does not throw itself into political divide like its regional neighbours.

While many other countries use religion for political benefit, Bhutan is really focused on implementing the Vajrayana Buddhism principles to better people’s lives. And 91.2% Bhutanese people are reported to be happy.

It doesn’t end there. Below are the 8 unique ways Bhutan is unique from all countries in the world.

1. Gross National Happiness   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-0

While all the countries are focusing on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Bhutan is focused on their Gross National Happiness index and build their policies on improving it.

8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-2 The Gross National Happiness (GNH) balances economic development, cultural resilience, environmental conservation and good governance. These four pillars are substantiated with 9 domains and 124 sub-indicators.

2. Universal Healthcare   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-1

While we are so afraid of the medical bills, Bhutan is providing both the modern and traditional health care as well as medicine for free under their National Health Policy which is a pillar of Gross National Happiness (GNP). The constitution also endeavours to provide security in times of sickness.

The National Health Policy pursues free universal health coverage based on the primary care approach as the strategy for social protection and development.

3. Publicly funded education   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-2

Education in Bhutan is free till 10th standard for all irrespective of their merit. After that, the government providers free higher education who gets through the 10th standard. Those who don’t gets through 10th standard can continue their education in private schools which is cost-intensive.

Since 2006, schools have established programmes to accept students who dropped out previously and would like to continue their further education.

4. Daily meditation in schools   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-3

Meditation is made a part of every student from an early age. Science had already proved why one must meditate. Though there are a lot of meditation techniques, the govt had prescribed the methods from Buddhism.

Classes in most schools in Bhutan begin with silent contemplation or a session of meditation. This daily exercise has made teachers realise that their students are more focused in their studies and handle stress much better.

5. Inculcating human values at an early age   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-4

The education system in Bhutan is similar to any other country. But what the country is doing is inculcating human values in it’s education from an early age. children are also taught lessons on environmental conservation, recycling and being considerate to other people.

Educators in Bhutan believe that even the way teachers interact with the students should impart some kind of values.

6. Organic Farming   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-5

Bhutan announced in 2013 that it would go completely organic in terms of agricultural practices, thereby calling for a complete ban on GMOs.

“Ours is a mountainous terrain. When we use chemicals they don’t stay where we use them, they impact the water and plants. We say that we need to consider all the environment. Most of our farm practices are traditional farming, so we are largely organic anyway. We are Buddhists too, and we believe in living in harmony with nature. Animals have the right to live, we like to see plants happy and insects happy,” said Pema Gyamtsho, the country’s agricultural minister.

7. Turning to renewable sources of energy   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-6

Although Bhutan is not as polluted as its South Asian neighbours, the government has already taken steps to encourage the use of renewable sources of energy that do not cause pollution and affect the air quality. The recent introduction of CNG-powered vehicles and rope-ways are the government’s strategy to do away with transport within areas with an ecology sensitive to emissions.

8. Planting trees   8-things-one-can-learn-from-bhutan-7

Trees are a sacred symbol in Buddhism, and denote longevity, beauty, compassion and wisdom. The people of Bhutan actively take part in the planting of trees as the nation’s constitution dictates that 60% of the country’s land area must be under forest cover.

Just last year a group of volunteers in the country planted over 49000 trees in an hour and very recently 108,000 trees were planted to celebrate the birth of the King’s son.

Bhutan is definitely a better place for people. The rest of the world might be technologically advanced but the prople are definitely not as happy as Bhutanese. What do you think?

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