Bhutan’s suicide rate jumps

The BBC reports in a surprising drop in the country’s overall level of happiness — because after all, three suicides in the last week alone aren’t exactly a great indicator of things.

The news service adds: “The country’s main newspaper, Kuensel, says…

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Happiness: voestalpine asks: What’s the next step towards the future?

Today, happiness research is a scholarly discipline that intensively examines the preconditions for a happy life. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send us your ideas on the subject of happiness!

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Estonian entrepreneurs create ‘Bank of Happiness’

As a way to combat the global economic crisis, a few young Estonians have created the Õnnepank, or “Bank of Happiness,” a new way to get people to help one another out through an online, free bartering system.

The Times…

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Gross National Happiness moves from idea to theory

In a recent trip to Thimphu, New York Times reporter Seth Mydans spent some time with Kinley Dorji, Bhutan’s secretary of information and communications.

Bhutan, of course, is known around the world for its king’s suggestion in the 1970s to pursue “gross…

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Given the state of the world today, it’s tempting to keep our journey focused on the enormous problems and challenges that confront us. But we equally believed that it’s important to balance the serious with things on the lighter side.…

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