I’ve just been asked if Bhutan’s constitution, signed in 2008 after the seating of its first elected Parliament, contains a promise of happiness.
The answer is yes: four times.
In the preamble: “…enhance the unity, happiness and well-being of the people for all time”
In Article 9: “The State shall strive to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness.”
In Article 20: “The Government shall protect and strengthen the sovereignty of the Kingdom, provide good governance, and ensure peace, security, well-being and happiness of the people.”
And in the last line of the national anthem:
“May the sun of peace and happiness shine over all people”
Now what about that rupee crisis!