The assessment of gross national happiness (GNH; Wylie: gyal-yong ga’a-kyid pal-‘dzoms) was designed in an attempt to define an indicator and concept that measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product (GDP).
GNH has only been officially used in Bhutan, where a Gross National Happiness Commission is charged reviewing policy decisions and allocation of resources. . In 2013, with a new administration, the country shifted the focus from spreading GNH globally to the well-being of people within Bhutan.  This shift has been interpreted by some as an abandonment of GNH in favor of more standard development initiatives.
The above definition was taken from Wikipedia for the practical purposes and teaching the concept.
If we think, like many scientist, activist and common people like me, that the entire globalized society needs with urgency a change about their life; I think that index could be a good initiative. We cannot hesitate about the leading role that economical sciences taken in the postwar times (1950-1960). This sciences imposed their views, thoughts and fears with predominant attitude over other sciences like philosophy, history and geography, who traditionally had the leadership about the global thinking policies. The GNH Index is used in the statistics and policies in an Asian country, called Bhutan since 1970’s.
The economical activities and public policies about economy are incredible relevant for natural and cultural landscapes. The governments of the nations invest in some areas or another areas thinking in population future and the economic vocation that the territory gives to them.
The landscape is an excellent opportunity for the nation’s development in a sustainable way. Another opportunity is to change the GNP for the GNH, as experts says: the nations will be focused in DEVELOPMENT and HAPPINESS of their inhabitants.
- “Gross National Happiness”. The Centre for Bhutan Studies. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- Pennock M, Ura K. Gross national happiness as a framework for health impact assessment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2010.04.003
- Commencement speech at the University of Portland