n South African Medical Journal - SA's happiness - and misery - index : from the editor

Volume 105, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Measuring a nation's happiness - Gross National Happiness (GNH) - in the manner of measuring Gross National Product (GNP) would seem frivolous, but is increasingly being taken seriously. Happiness has come to be considered a measure of social progress. Psychologists, economists and sociologists have shown that people's satisfaction with their lives offers information about a society. National governments have begun to use measures of happiness, or subjective wellbeing, to guide development of policies aimed at improving people's lives.

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