In this photograph taken on June 2, 2013 neighbors of a Bhutanese school watch as students perform a dance during a cultural event to celebrate the birth date of Bhutan's fourth king in Thimphu. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT /FILES
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Bhutanese people are getting happier as living standards improve, but social isolation is increasing in the remote kingdom that famously prioritizes Gross National Happiness over wealth, the prime minister said Tuesday.Tshering Tobgay said that while happiness was improving overall, some Bhutanese people were getting left behind as the country modernizes and once close rural communities fracture.Bhutan is the only country in the world to measure its success by Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product, a system introduced over four decades ago by the then king.The 2015 report, based on a survey of 7,153 people across Bhutan, is only the second national-level index of national happiness.It gives a happiness index of 0.756, up from 0.743 in 2010 – a figure based on nine different criteria, including psychological well-being, health, education, community vitality and living standards.
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