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Listen: How Big Is Your Gross National Happiness?

Unlike economic parameters like the gross domestic product, can happiness be truly measured?

What happiness looks like. Credit: naveenkadamphotography/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

What happiness looks like. Credit: naveenkadamphotography/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Bhutan was the first country to take into consideration the happiness of its citizens by measuring the gross national happiness (GNH). Other institutions in other countries have also tried to set-up similar parameters around the measurement of wellbeing. But how do you measure something that is so subjective and so difficult to quantify. Samanth Subramanian and Padmaparna Ghosh talk to researchers about the challenges with measuring happiness and its correlation with economic growth.

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in.