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What is Gross National Happiness?

Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an alternative development indicator used in Bhutan to examine how happy its citizens are. It does this by looking at nine areas of life: Psychological well-being, health, time use and balance, education, cultural diversity and resilience, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards. The government then uses that data to inform policy making decisions.


What is the survey about? 

This survey is meant to test whether Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) Survey would work in other countries and cultural contexts. The GNH Survey is based on a holistic understanding of happiness that takes into account and assesses nine "domains" of human wellbeing. The MtA-GNH Survey uses the same nine "domains" as in the original survey, while adapting the questions to better fit the Mount Allison community.  Our goal is to learn about the happiness or well-being of the Mount Allison community and ideally use this information to suggest ways the University might enhance wellbeing for all of us. The more members of our community that take the Survey, the better our data will be, so we are encouraging members from all parts of Mount Allison (students, faculty, staff, administrators) to take the Survey. We are also looking for feedback in order to revise and better the Survey for future use. This can be provided at the end of the survey, or by using the emails provided in the 'Contact us' section of the website. Note if you provide feedback in the Survey itself it, like all of your data, will remain anonymous, but if you email us of course your feedback will not be anonymous.

Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product
— H.M. Jigme Singye Wangchuck