Essay about Does Your Company Contribute to "Gross National Happiness?"

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How do you measure the happiness of a nation? One measure often used, Gross National Product, examines the total financial value of all services and goods in a nation. As can attest to, however, money doesn't always equal happiness. While the financial value of what's produced may rank relatively high, if the money is concentrated in the hands of a relatively small amount of people, the nation's overall happiness isn't that high. Additionally, other measures of population happiness are often overlooked in gross national product metrics. A city may be bursting at the seams with money, but mired in pollution, corruption, and noise. Citizens might make products that let them pay for housing and food, but if medical care is unaffordable, …show more content…
How do you measure the happiness of a nation? One measure often used, Gross National Product, examines the total financial value of all services and goods in a nation. As can attest to, however, money doesn't always equal happiness. While the financial value of what's produced may rank relatively high, if the money is concentrated in the hands of a relatively small amount of people, the nation's overall happiness isn't that high. Additionally, other measures of population happiness are often overlooked in gross national product metrics. A city may be bursting at the seams with money, but mired in pollution, corruption, and noise. Citizens might make products that let them pay for housing and food, but if medical care is unaffordable, sickness may drag down the population's overall happiness.

All of this is important for your company, because if people aren't happy, just as they might decide to leave a city or country, they might leave your business. Soon after, even companies with high profits might see their bottom line shrink. Poor customer service might make your customers less happy. Due to this, it's important for you to consider not only how your business contributes to Gross National Product, but, to coin a phrase from Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, "Gross National Happiness". The term arose in the 1970s, in an effort by Bhutan to measure their national success not only in terms of Gross National Product, but also environmental health, mental
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