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Exploring A Nation’s Happiness By Handing Out Balloons

Exploring A Nation’s Happiness By Handing Out Balloons
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Artist and storyteller Jonathan Harris travelled to Bhutan to explore the country's philosophy and ask its people about their wishes.

Emma Hutchings
  • 8 november 2011

Jonathan Harris‘ 2007 project, ‘Balloons of Bhutan‘ documents the happiness of people from the small Himalayan country. Bhutan uses the concept of Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product to measure their quality of life, so Harris spent two weeks there, exploring their culture. He spoke to 117 people of different ages and occupations, asking them five questions about happiness: what makes them happy, their happiest memory, their favorite joke, their level of happiness between 1 and 10, and one wish they have.

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